Op-ed with Chancellor Alexander: How Wisconsin’s colleges, business can partner to transform workforce

In the last few years, northeastern Wisconsin workers and companies have told us they want education targeted for today’s students, employees, and parents. They want education that leads directly to good jobs. We agree. On April 11, our two campuses, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, announced a plan to meet their needs. Made possible by deep collaboration, we created more than 20 degree programs — such as engineering technology—that start on the NWTC campus and continue to UW-Green Bay. We want to show our region and the state that we can ensure seamless transitions for students between all sorts of programs and degrees at NWTC and across the bridge at UW-Green Bay. We recognize that not every student starts higher education at age 18, enrolls full-time, and moves on a path to earn a bachelor’s degree four years later. We are allowing for the reality that life happens. We want students to know they can take courses, take off time for work or family commitments, and then come back to resume their studies.

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Source: How Wisconsin’s colleges, business can partner to transform workforce, Journal-Sentinel