Initiative extends UW-Green Bay bachelor’s options for Wausau tech students

A program starting this fall will make it easier for students from the Wausau-based Northcentral Technical College to transfer in at junior status and earn bachelor’s degrees from UW-Green Bay.

The two schools finalized the partnership this past spring in a signing ceremony at NTC’s main campus in Wausau. UW-Green Bay Chancellor Tom Harden and President Lori Weyers (above) represented their respective institutions.

Under the agreement, UW-Green Bay will offer some weekend classes at NTC and employ an academic adviser on that campus to help placebound NTC graduates earn their bachelor’s degrees either fully online or in combination with weekend offerings.

“What they’ll get from the program we offer is an opportunity to extend the application of those technical skills, to get a broader education,” Harden told reporters at the April announcement. “To think sometimes in a broader way, a different way, is something you find business leaders looking for in employees.”

A student who earns 60 credits from NTC can begin as a junior with UW-Green Bay, regardless of when he or she earned a degree from NTC.

UW-Green Bay’s extension of additional services to north-central Wisconsin follows from the University’s Bachelor of Applied Studies degree program authorized in 2007.

The BAS degree was created to help those with applied associate degrees from a Wisconsin technical college or from other regionally accredited schools, in-state or out-of-state, complete a bachelor’s degree through UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree Program. Students major in Interdisciplinary Studies and pursue an area of emphasis that focuses on a professional area or topic of interest.

Eric Craver, a recruitment specialist with Adult Degree, says the new partnership with NTC is known informally as the “Timberwolf/Phoenix Alliance,” denoting the mascots of the two schools. An open house and prospective-student information session has been held on the Wausau campus.

For more information on the program and its requirements, visit the UW-Green Bay Adult Degree website.

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