From “Nicolet College, UW-Stevens Point partner for education program” — A new program at Nicolet College, Rhinelander, will provide a smooth transition for students interested in completing a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at UW-Stevens Point. It begins in June 2014. 

The associate of science elementary education emphasis program will allow Nicolet College graduates to transition into the School of Education at UW-Stevens Point. 

Nicolet students who transfer to UW-Stevens Point after completing an associate degree will have satisfied all UW-Stevens Point general education program requirements plus 48 required credits toward a bachelor of science in elementary education. They will be on schedule to graduate with students who started their elementary education major at UW-Stevens Point. 

“We’re committed to providing our students seamless pathways to earning a bachelor’s degree that ultimately lead to multiple career options,” said Teresa Rose, Nicolet College transfer coordinator. “This collaboration is a perfect example.” 

“Both partners value the collaboration and thrive on enabling our students to be successful future educators,” said Patty Caro, head of UW-Stevens Point’s School of Education. 

Nicolet students will now be able to transfer to UW-Stevens Point and pursue a bachelor’s degree to teach middle childhood through early adolescence level, ages 6-13. A program for students to teach early childhood level, ages 0-8, regular education and early childhood special education has been in place between Nicolet and UW-Stevens Point since 2006. 

For more information, visit or call the Nicolet College Welcome Center at (715) 365-4493, or visit the UW-Stevens Point School of Education at

From “Survey finds more applicants lying on resumes” — Have you ever lied on a job application?

According to a recent survey by 18% of people say they’ve done it and 38% say they’ve stretched the truth on their job responsibilities.

Local hiring managers want to remind people that honesty is always the best policy when it comes to trying to get a new job, and they say technology is making it easier to make sure a resume is telling the truth.

“I have two weeks left and I’ll graduate from CVTC,” Luke Monson said.

Monson had his resume in hand as he talked with employers at the Chippewa Valley Employment Expo Thursday afternoon. Monson says he is ready to launch his career in information technology, landing that job though is a lot easier said than done.

“I think if you don’t stand out you’ll just be tossed to the side,” Monson added.

Kelly Services in Eau Claire says when it comes to hiring, businesses are expecting more from job applicants.

“It’s rare to find a position in manufacturing or other opportunities where you don’t need to use a computer to do your job,” Katie Reid with Kelly Services said.

The high expectations coupled with a more competitive job market are just one of the reasons why says more applicants are turning to lies on resumes. The Eau Claire Job Center says these days employers have a number of tools they can use to make sure what they see on a resume is what they get in an employee.

“Employers are doing more background checks. They are looking on CCAP and they are doing a background check and looking at Facebook and social media,” Eau Claire Job Center employment and training specialist Amber Hoffman said.

The Job Center in Eau Claire says lying on a resume can get you fired. In the long run, Kelly Services says misrepresenting your skills on an application won’t end up benefitting you or your prospective employer.

“You want to be honest and you also want to find the best fit for you and if an employer isn’t aware of everything you have to offer,” Reid said.

The Eau Claire Job Center does offer regular workshops for resume writing at its office. You can also get one on one help on resume writing with an employment specialist at the Job Center during regular business hours.

From “Green Bay-area graduates earn four-year degrees without leaving home” — MENOMONIE – Six students from east-central Wisconsin have made their mark in education on the other side of the state.

They are the first to graduate from UW-Stout – about 225 miles away in west-central Wisconsin – as part of a degree-completion program coordinated through Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay and UW-Fox Valley in Menasha.

The program, which started in 2008, allows students with two-year degrees to finish, mostly online, their Bachelor of Science in manufacturing engineering at UW-Stout.

The graduates are Ryan Boehm, of New Franken; Tiffany Darnick, of Greenville; Mackenzie Kozelek, of New Franken; William Seidler, of Mountain; Bradley Wachtel, of Manitowoc; and Gretchen Wilson, of Algoma.

They were part of a contingent of 29 students earning manufacturing engineering degrees at commencement May 11 at UW-Stout. A total of 1,382 UW-Stout students received degrees in undergraduate and graduate ceremonies.

Prior to graduation, most of the six students had been to UW-Stout a few times but only briefly.

As program pioneers, the students said there were kinks in the system, but they also said they saved considerable expense by being able to live close to home and work full or part time while pursuing their four-year degree in a field that’s in high demand.

UW-Stout professors weren’t just cyber instructors for NWTC students; they also held monthly classes at NWTC on Fridays and Saturdays.

“Due to the fact that many of the students are working in industry as they complete their degrees, in-class times are scheduled around typical student work schedules,” said UW-Stout Associate Professor Lin Stradins, the program director.

Wilson, who has two young children, said she wouldn’t have been able to work on the degree if she had to uproot her family and move to Menomonie for two years. The stay-at-home option is “what did it for me. I had child care built in with help from my mom,” Wilson said.

Kozelek said one of his goals was to get through college debt-free, and the transfer program made that possible. “There were some aches and pains, but that comes with the program being offered for the first time,” he said.

Kozelek already is working full time as an engineer for Alliance Laundry Systems, of Ripon, the world’s largest maker of commercial laundry systems.

Wachtel, who has an engineering job with Oshkosh Truck in Oshkosh, said the group sometimes had to wait for classes to be offered. But UW-Stout professors provided good online support, he said, noting he had been to UW-Stout just one time prior to commencement weekend.

Seidler has landed an engineering job with Marinette Marine, of Marinette, which specializes in building ships for the U.S. Navy while Boehm had an internship that turned into a full-time position with EMT International, which manufactures paper finishing equipment in Green Bay.

The six students presented a capstone project Friday, May 10, on campus, a day before graduation. Their project, the Photovoltaic Tracker System, was explained via Power Point in Fryklund Hall followed by a demonstration with about a dozen faculty looking on.

The system allows solar panels to rotate and follow the movement of the sun throughout the day, maximizing energy collection. The system has three tracking modes. The top disk assembly can rotate 270 degrees.

“These students didn’t have the advantage of daily contact with (UW-Stout) professors,” said Mike Lorenzen, one of the UW-Stout instructors in the program. “They deserve some extra credit.”

Students said the system is not financially feasible to produce yet because the cost of solar panels is low, making it less expensive to buy multiple panels and position them to capture the most sunlight.

An exception would be if the installation was at a site that restricted the number of panels. Then the system could increase power generation by 40 percent, enough to outweigh the additional cost.

From “Local learning institutions ahead of curve with transfer agreements” — GREEN BAY – A provision in Governor Scott Walker’s budget calls for a solidified partnership between tech schools and the UW system to help transfer students. So FOX 11 looked into what partnerships are already in place, and how they might be improved.

Many local colleges say they’ve already had partnerships to help students who may have changed their minds, or are looking for something new in their education.

“Originally I was thinking film and then I switched to finance and neither of those I liked. I thought I would, but I didn’t really like them. And I started taking chemistry here and it really just clicked,” said NWTC Student Jared Christianson.

Christianson says now that he’s found his passion for chemistry, he’s ready to take his education to the next level.

“I’m going to transfer to (UW)GB,” said Christianson.

Christianson’s not alone.

“Our stats have definitely gone up. Over the past four years they’ve gone up 37 percent leaving here and going on to another partnering institution that we have an agreement with. The majority go to our UW system schools but others go to the private institutions as well,” said Anne Kamps, the director of learning solutions at NWTC.

Governor Walker’s proposal would make it mandatory for 30 credits of general education studies courses to transfer between all tech schools and UW system schools in Wisconsin.

Kamps says her school is ahead of the curve.

“In 2006 NWTC went out and did this far before the college board or the state recommended that, and we built our general studies transfer certificate that transfers 32 credits to UW Oshkosh and UWGB,” said Kamps.

Kamps says the majority of transfer students from NWTC go to those two UW schools.

In 2012, 320 students transferred to UW Green Bay.

106 transferred to Oshkosh.

“It always surprises people when I tell them that more of the students that cross our stage at graduation come to us as transfer students than came to us as new freshmen,” said Michael Stearney, Dean of Enrollment Services at UW Green Bay.

He says transfers to his school have increased significantly in the past decade.

28 percent come in as sophomores. 38 percent come in as juniors.

“Most come from technical schools in the area, NWTC or Fox Valley Tech, or one of the two-year UW campuses,” said Stearney.

Stearney says his school has a partnership in place locally, and also partners through an online database called U-Select.

It lets students comparison shop universities in Wisconsin and 16 others states to see which credits transfer.

Stearney says he supports the budget’s statewide plan to streamline transferring in Wisconsin.

“This formalizes it a bit but it’s certainly something that we’ve always been aware of. It’s clearly being developed in response to this need that students have to know ahead of time if this is going to work,” said Stearney.

The second part of the provision brings private colleges in Wisconsin into the fold.

St. Norbert College says about 100 students transfer to the school each year.

Most come from other four year colleges around the state and region.

“I think that the state of Wisconsin is already quite collaborative when it comes to transferring credits from one institution to another. But any time we can sit down and simplify the process or be able to partner even more to help students, that’s a good thing,” said Bridget O’Connor, the VP of Enrollment and Communications at St. Norbert College. “We want to make sure that Wisconsin students receive degrees from Wisconsin institutions.”

The specifics of an agreement between the UW System and the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities hasn’t been ironed out yet.

The proposal also includes expanding partnerships with tribal colleges. We reached out to the College of the Menominee Nation. They did not return our calls. However, the institutions we interviewed say they look forward to working with all colleges in the area.

If approved, the new transfer credit agreement between the UW System and tech schools would start in the fall of 2014.

The budget bill still must be approved by the assembly and senate before being signed by the governor.

From “UW-MATC reverse transfer agreement to be signed Monday” — Madison Area Technical College and UW-Madison are entering into a unique partnership that will allow MATC students who transfer to UW-Madison a chance to complete their associate degree with university credits.

Each year, hundreds of students begin their studies at MATC then transfer to UW-Madison. Some earn a bachelor degree. Others complete the 64 credits needed for an MATC associate degree.

But a third group earn at least 64 credits but never receive a degree because they enter a four-year program but drop out before completing it.

Under the “reverse transfer” agreement to be announced Monday, MATC students who earn 30 or more credits and then transfer to UW-Madison, can apply their UW credits back to automatically complete their MATC degree.

“An associate degree is recognized in the marketplace as a degree that may command a higher wage than somebody who just had some college and hadn’t finished anything. So that’s one advantage,” said Terry Webb, provost of MATC, also known as Madison College.

Getting the associate degree also could help motivate transfer students to complete their bachelor’s degree, he said.

Nationwide, there are just a few similar agreements, said MATC spokesman Cary Heyer.

“It’s a relatively new concept,” he said. “Certainly it’s going to pick up. It is unusual to the extent that it’s a two-year community college that’s partnering with a four-year comprehensive research institution.”

Webb referred to the “reverse transfer” language as “kind of a term of art,” which may not “be descriptive of what actually happens.”

“What it means is that instead of the traditional route where our students are transferring credits to UW-Madison, now our students are transferring credits from the university back to Madison College,” he said.

Webb said that last year nearly 800 MATC students transferred to the UW-Madison.

Additionally, last year and in previous years, an average of 200 students who completed an associate degree at MATC transferred to a 4-year college. While the majority go to UW-Madison, others go to UW-Whitewater, UW- Milwaukee and other schools, Webb said.

A signing ceremony for the agreement is scheduled for Monday morning at the Truax campus.

From “Many transfer options available for college students in area” — Obtaining a college degree can be one of the biggest moments in someone’s life. Schools in our area make it easier than ever to start at one campus and end at a different one.

Many colleges and universities offer students the option to transfer courses from one school and then use them towards their completion of a degree at another school.

The reasons for doing so differ. For some, starting at a community college and moving on to a four year school can help them save money.
Other students might want to take a class at one school that isn’t available at another.

Many schools in our area offer a transfer option, including Northcentral Technical College and UW – Marathon County. The close-knit environment of these schools mean students sometimes only need to travel a few minutes up the road to get transfer credits.

“We’re very proud of our community relationships in this area,” says Suzi Mathias, Director of Transfer and Placement at NTC. “We have some very strong collaborations with other colleges and we work with them frequently.”

She says it’s common for students to decide ahead of time to start their degree at NTC and complete a four-year degree at another school. At NTC students can transfer credits to more than 35 institutions.

Transfer directors say the most important thing when helping a student decide where to gain credits is looking at their particular needs.

“I think it’s important for students to be able to move some credits around because plans change,” says Keith Montgomery, Dean and CEO at UW- Marathon County.

One option offered through the University of Wisconsin Colleges is the Guaranteed Transfer Program. You begin as a freshman at a UW campus and receive guaranteed admission to complete a four year degree at another school. You must complete a declaration form, as well as keep a minimum GPA of a 2.0 (2.8 for UW-Madison) as well as complete the number of credits required for junior status into the transfer school.

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From “UW-Parkside, Gateway expand dual enrollment” — A new partnership between Gateway Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside means students can enroll in both institutions at the same time.

The arrangement, which expands the option from a few degree programs, provides a clearer path for students intending to transfer from Gateway to Parkside and also allows students in certificate programs at Gateway to be eligible for state and federal financial aid.

“This provides another option for a four-year (degree) path,” said DeAnn Possehl, Parkside’s associate vice chancellor for enrollment management.

The new dual enrollment program, to be available for the spring 2013 semester, will have students complete 30 general studies credits at Gateway — by taking classes like math, English, economics, biology and speech — and then complete degree-specific classes at Parkside, college officials explained in a press release last week.

The program is officially called the 1-Plus-3 General Studies Certificate Program, to represent the one Gateway year and three Parkside years that would be completed by a student with a full-time course load, the release said.

Such an arrangement can help students who have cost, scheduling or admissions concerns, Possehl said.

Because students in the program register through Gateway, which has less stringent admission requirements than Parkside, the 1-Plus-3 program can create a Parkside enrollment path for students who might not have gotten in otherwise, she said.

The 1-Plus-3 program can also be a more convenient option for some because Gateway offers weekend courses, and it can be a more cost-effective option because a year at Gateway is generally cheaper than a year at Parkside, Possehl said.

Plus, she added, students in the program will be eligible for state and federal financial aid, unlike students in Gateway’s certificate programs. That’s because aid is only available for “degree-seeking” students and those in certificate programs don’t fall into that category, Possehl said.

Another benefit of the program is that it increases the likelihood that Gateway courses cleanly transfer to Parkside, saving students time, money and headaches.

“We get a lot of transfer students in general from Gateway and they aren’t always taking the courses they need to transfer,” Possehl said. “The exact courses are spelled out with this.”

The no-cost program is not intended to help only students though. It’s also supposed to help the colleges, Possehl said.

Hopefully, the program will mean more students for Gateway and Parkside, and more degrees awarded in less time, things that help the colleges’ statistics, Possehl said.

To get more information on the program about how to qualify or how to enroll, call Gateway’s Student Services Center at (262) 564-2300.


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