Destination Imagination Affiliate Tournament in need of volunteers, April 18

The 2020 Wisconsin Destination Imagination Affiliate Tournament is fast approaching. On Saturday, April 18, 2020, UW-Green Bay will host the Wisconsin DI Affiliate Tournament, of which up to 7,000 people from around the state will visit campus in one day to compete for a chance to make it to the global finals in Kansas City. Once again, the event needs volunteers (parking attendants to help direct traffic outside during the morning of the event. Each volunteer will be given a location outdoors in one of the parking lots or outside a building. There, you will help parents and participants with questions and direct them to where they need to go. We will provide you with maps and locations of the activities for the day. In addition, you will receive a t-shirt and one meal voucher worth $8 at all campus dining locations. We recommend bringing a lawn chair to sit in during your shift. Make sure to dress appropriately for the weather. If interested in helping out, please register as a volunteer here. If you have any questions or if your department is interested in helping out in any way, please contact Jason Mathwig, Director of Education Outreach Continuing Education & Community Engagement, at  mathwigj@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2267.

UW-Green Bay to Offer “Accelerated Degree” this Fall | Seehafer News

UW-Green Bay will be offering something a little different this fall. For those interested in pursuing an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree can now enroll for the Accelerated Degree program, which will, according to the University provide “anywhere, anytime access—as students will be able to engage in courses when it is convenient for them, as all class content will be made available online and through video lectures.” In addition, the Accelerated Degree program will be the University’s first in which students will be able to complete all courses in six-week (or four-week summer) increments, providing increased flexibility for working adults and those who aren’t able to take classes on campus. Students will have an option to attend in-person lectures with instructors one Saturday per month. More information can be found at UWGB.edu/accelerated-degree.

Source: UW-Green Bay to Offer “Accelerated Degree” this Fall | Seehafer News

UW-Green Bay offering new Accelerated Degree | WLUK

Students at UW-Green Bay will soon be able to obtain their degrees with more flexibility.Starting in the fall of 2020, an Accelerated Degree will be available to students pursuing an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree.The program provides “anywhere, anytime” access for students to engage in six-week courses when it’s convenient for them. All class content is available online and through video lectures. Source: UW-Green Bay offering new Accelerated Degree | WLUK

Anywhere, anytime path to a degree is cornerstone of UW-Green Bay’s new Accelerated Degree

Applications now being accepted; some prior experience may be eligible for credit

Green Bay, Wis.— Beginning in fall 2020, an Accelerated Degree will be available to students pursuing an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree. The program provides “anywhere, anytime” access—as students will be able to engage in courses when it is convenient for them, as all class content will be made available online and through video lectures.

In addition, the Accelerated Degree program will be the University’s first in which students will be able to complete all courses in six-week (or four-week summer) increments, providing increased flexibility for working adults and those who aren’t able to take classes on campus. Students will have an option to attend in-person lectures with instructors one Saturday per month.

Interested students are able to learn more and apply for admission to the program, immediately at www.uwgb.edu/accelerated-degree. The program is offered through UW-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement.

In addition to personalized coaching, the Accelerated Degree is a customized program with built-in flexibility, specifically designed to expedite personal growth, while making it possible for students to manage work, family, home and education. The Accelerated Degree is also designed to provide relevant knowledge and training to working adults seeking promotion or career change. During fall and spring semesters, students will be able to take two classes at a time in six-week sessions.

“We are attempting to remove the barriers that prevent people from pursuing their higher education goals and dreams,” said UW-Green Bay Provost Michael Alexander. “Essentially we desire to help people from all walks of life to fast forward their future. UW-Green Bay is proud to provide educational opportunities for people at all stages of their professional and pre-professional careers. The Accelerated Degree is intended to be flexible for students that need options to balance their education with other demands on their time. We understand that students have many needs for education throughout their careers and want to ensure that UW-Green Bay is able to provide programs that allow access for all who want it at any point during their journey.”

As a part of the application and enrollment process, students will work with a dedicated student success coach from the University, who will help evaluate a student’s life goals and life journey as they design, together, a plan that will work for them. The student success coach will analyze students’ transfer college credits and learning experiences outside of formal education through work, military or other experiences and determine how they may apply towards the degree. Students will work with the student success coach during the entirety of their time in the program.

The Accelerated Degree meets the UW-Green Bay requirements for an Associate of Arts and Science Degree with an emphasis that prepares graduates for advancement in their jobs or a clearly-defined pathway towards bachelor degree programs. Students will be able to choose from four emphasis areas: Business Concepts, Foundations of Education, Organizational Development or Workforce Solutions.

Students will earn a digital badge for their chosen emphasis. Each emphasis has been developed to deliver workforce skills needed in a competitive job market. Digital badges are a quick and recognizable way to share verified knowledge and expertise with employers, colleagues and recruiters and will afford students a competitive edge and a way to differentiate themselves from co-workers or other candidates. Badges empower students with 24/7 digital access on resumes, websites, social media and email signatures.

Students can learn more about the program and their next steps at www.uwgb.edu/accelerated-degree.

About UW-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement
The Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement focuses its mission on creating educational opportunity and access for all ages, encompassing K-12 student programs, personal and professional development and customized training to meet the needs of a progressive economy. The division develops, collaborates and executes responsive solutions for diverse communities statewide, all of which reflect a deep commitment to inclusion, social justice and civic responsibility.

 About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Accelerated Degree

Innovation in Access: Student Success is the Cornerstone of New Accelerated Degree Program

Student success is a cornerstone of a brand new Accelerated Degree program available this fall for students pursuing an Associate of Arts and Science Degree at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. As a part of the application and enrollment process, students will work with a dedicated Student Success Coach, who will evaluate their goals and life journey to design a plan that will work for them. The Student Success Coach will analyze students’ transfer college credits and learning experiences outside of formal education through work, military or other experiences and determine how they may apply towards the degree. Students will work with the Student Success Coach during the entirety of their time in the program.

In addition to personalized coaching, the Accelerated Degree is customized to provide flexibility for the working student, providing relevant knowledge and training to enable promotion or career change while balancing home and family. During fall and spring semesters, students will take two classes at a time in six-week sessions, which means that by the end of their first semester, students will have completed two semester sessions of classes. Students will be able to engage with their courses anywhere and anytime as the content will be made available online and through video lectures. Students also have the option to attend in-person lectures with instructors one Saturday a month. During the summer semester, four-week online-only classes will be offered. Accelerated Degree is an offering from the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement.

Check out the upcoming events at UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus

There are many events happening on the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus from now into the summer: More information via EHCommunity Calendar starting Feb. 15| Eagle Herald. 

Feb. 15 and 16: ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Children’s Theatre will perform Anne of Green Gables on the Herbert L. Williams stage of UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Feb. 8, 9, 14 and 15 at 7 p.m., and Feb. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. Cost of tickets are $9.50 for students and $13.50 for adults.

Feb. 18: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE COURSE. Offered by UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Office of Continuing Education. Begins Feb. 18 and runs for 10 weeks.

Feb. 29: 2020 SUMMER SOCCER. Walk in Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the UW-Green Bay-Marinette Campus Field House, 1125 University Drive.

March 9 : INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY EVENT: WOMEN’S WISDOM FORUM, UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Cafeteria at 750 W. Bay Shore St., Marinette. Exhibit hall opens at 5:30 p.m. for networking and local business exhibits. Hors d’oeuvres, beverages, door prizes and raffles offered. The speaker panel discussion begins at 6:30 p.m.

March 21: SPRING GARDEN CONFERENCE. The annual Spring Garden Conference will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus, 750 West Bay Shore St., Marinette.

April 9: THEATRE DAY TRIP. “Guys & Dolls” at the Fireside Theatre in Fort Atkinson for the 1:30 p.m. matinee performance.

May 7: THEATRE DAY TRIP, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at the Palace Theater in Wisconsin Dells for the 1 p.m. matinee performance.

Manitowoc Lincoln and UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus announce pilot program—Rising Phoenix

New program extends pathways to higher education for high school students

Manitowoc, Wis.—The Rising Phoenix Early College High School Program is a collaboration between the Manitowoc Public School District and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus to provide Manitowoc Lincoln High School students the opportunity to get a head start on earning college credits while academically and personally preparing for college.

A formal announcement about the program was made to the Manitowoc Campus faculty and Lincoln High School staff on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.

L to R: Bakic, Thennes, Samantha Post and Meagan Strehlow

“UW-Green Bay is proud to partner with the Manitowoc Public School District on the Rising Phoenix Program,” said UW-Green Bay Provost Michael Alexander. “We are committed to working with our educational partners to invest in the growth of our region and support an increase in the percentage of students in our community that have access to higher education.”

Students in the program will be concurrently enrolled in Manitowoc Lincoln High School and UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus. Courses are selected to meet Wisconsin high school graduation requirements and the UW-Green Bay Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree. It also allows students room to explore individualized interests. The goal for participating students is to earn both their high school diploma and an AAS degree by the time they graduate from Manitowoc Lincoln. Students who complete an AAS degree will have the first two years of a bachelor’s degree completed. The accomplishment will apply whether students decide to continue at UW-Green Bay, transfer to a different college or university, or enter the workforce upon graduation with an earned college credential.

“This new Rising Phoenix program is a powerful partnership,” said Manitowoc Campus CEO Rachele Bakic. “This is an example of how collaborative programs can spur educational opportunities for students today. We are excited to work closely with Lincoln High School to ensure tremendous success for this initial group of bright young minds.”

A group of twenty-five current sophomores at Lincoln High School will be admitted to the Rising Phoenix program and be enrolled during their junior and senior years (fall 2020-spring 2022). The intent is to have a diverse cohort consisting of students who have shown the academic readiness and “grit” needed to succeed in the program, but who may come from families without experience in higher education or without the economic support to further their education. Priority admission will be given to first-generation, economically disadvantaged students, and students who demonstrate a desire to continue their education after high school.

“We are here to get our students ready for what is next after high school, and we want to do so by creating effective communicators, creative problem solvers, and engaged community members,” says Lincoln High School Principal Lee Thennes. “We believe that the model for this partnership encapsulates the very core of our values.”

Student support and coaching are the main priorities and advantages of the program. Every student enrolled will work consistently with UW-Green Bay’s Rising Phoenix student success coach, who will:

  • Assist students through the admissions process
  • Facilitate academic advising
  • Provide social and emotional support
  • Serve as a transition specialist upon graduation (college applications, scholarships, FAFSA and financial aid assistance).

Students will also learn and support each other together as a cohort through the entirety of the program. Students’ tuition and textbooks will be paid by the Manitowoc Public School District, which means there will be no cost to students or families.

The Rising Phoenix program is believed to be the first early-college high school program in Wisconsin partnered with a four-year institution—a pivotal opportunity for the Manitowoc community, Manitowoc Public School District, and UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus. Rising Phoenix has a goal of reducing the achievement gap and establishes a precedent in Wisconsin for more early college high school programs. In the Manitowoc community the hope is the program will be expanded to afford more students college access and enable talent retention.

The Manitowoc Public School District and UW-Green Bay are committed to evolving the program as it grows, eliminating barriers for students to participate and investing in the success of students involved. The Rising Phoenix program is innovative and evidence-based. Its goal is to work towards closing the achievement gap for the underserved and underrepresented students in Manitowoc, while providing a life-changing opportunity for those students and their families for generations to come.

“The Rising Phoenix program supports two of our strategic academic goals,” shares Mark Holzman, Manitowoc Public School District Superintendent. “Increased participation in college-level classes and co-curricular opportunities.”

To learn more about the program, visit the Rising Phoenix website at www.uwgb.edu/rising-phoenix.

In the photo, left to right, Manitowoc Campus CEO Rachele Bakic, Manitowoc Lincoln Principal Lee Thennes, UW-Green Bay Student Success Coach Samantha Post and Meagan Strehlow, executive director, K-12 & Community Relations, UW-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement.

Photo by Jena Richter Landers.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Membership in lifelong learning for spring semester at an all-time high

This spring, UW-Green Bay’s Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) reached an all-time high of 1,073 members encompassing locations in Green Bay, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. LLI is a peer-lead volunteer organization shepherded by one full-time UW-Green Bay employee. LLI offers more than 200 classes each semester taught by volunteer instructors on topics ranging from Mystics of the Middle Ages to Weather Science. Individuals join LLI for a year for a fee and are eligible to take 30 or more classes per semester. LLI is a non-profit program and is part of UW-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement.

Administrative Professionals’ Day, April 22

Administrative Professionals’ Day is Wednesday, April 22, 2020 from 8 a.m. to noon. Three UW-Green Bay campus locations (Green Bay, Marinette and Sheboygan) will be participating with conference opportunities by the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement. Administrative professionals are the unsung heroes of almost every organization or department; treat them to a day of development! The day is designed for assistants, receptionists, executive assistants and other support staff. Topics include workplace culture, project management, cyber security, career planning and leadership skills. See the website for more information and to register. The cost of registration is $69.

Sessions cover:

Green Bay
– Career planning
– Leadership
– Project management

Marinette
– Cyber security
– Workplace safety

Sheboygan
– Workplace culture
– Project management