Several businesses and organizations in the La Crosse Area are working together with the Gateway Area Council to provide hands-on, interactive programs to explore careers in Law Enforcement, Engineering, Aviation, and Fire / EMS. Youth in grades 9-12 from the local area high schools are invited to join an Explorer Post that runs from October through May. Students will be able to interact with professionals already in the career fields and learning about their career path and their career decisions. They will also do fun, hands-on activities focused on some aspect of each field.

Programs include:

  • Aviation Exploring hosted by the La Crosse Regional Airport
  • Law Enforcement Exploring hosted by the La Crosse Police Department
  • Engineering Exploring hosted by Trane and the La Crosse County Landfill with support from 10 other companies with engineering professionals
  • Fire and Emergency Management Services Exploring (New this year!) hosted by the La Crosse County Fire Officers Association

Space is limited to 15 students per program.

Open House Events for each program are in October as follows:

Law Enforcement – Monday, Oct. 4th 2021 at 6pm at the La Crosse Police Department – 400 La Crosse Street, La Crosse, WI 54601

Engineering – Tuesday, Oct. 5th 2021 at 5pm at the La Crosse County Landfill Office – 3200 Berlin Dr, La Crosse, WI 54601

Aviation – Wednesday, Oct. 6th 2021 at 4pm at the La Crosse Regional Airport – 2850 Airport Dr, La Crosse, WI 54603

Fire/EMS Option 1 – Wednesday, Oct. 20th at 5pm at the West Salem Fire Dept. – 100 Mill St S, West Salem, WI 54669

Fire/EMS Option 2 – Saturday, Oct. 23rd at 1pm at the Shelby Fire Department – 2800 Ward Avenue, La Crosse, WI 54601

Check out the flyers at: overview-of-current-programs

Learn more at

Contact information:

Law Enforcement Exploring – Key contact is Officer Kurt Weaver,, 608-789-7280 Engineering Exploring – Key contact is David Foye,, 608-788-1866 and lead advisors are Jadd Stilwell, and Nao Tsumagari,

Aviation Exploring – Key contact is Ian Turner,, 608-789-7464 Fire and EMS Exploring – Key contact is Scott Johnson,

Gateway Exploring Contact is Elizabeth Kramer, Exploring Chairperson,, 217- 358-4975