UW-Green Bay’s Rising Phoenix Program Expands to Two Rivers School District

Program provides pathways to higher education for high school students

 Two Rivers, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Rising Phoenix Early College High School Program continues to grow as the Two Rivers School District has signed on to offer students the opportunity to get a head start on earning college credits while academically and personally preparing for college. The program will launch with Two Rivers in Fall 2021.

Rising Phoenix-Two Rivers is the third Rising Phoenix partnership and is modeled after the inaugural cohort of 25 students with the Manitowoc Public School District that launched in Fall 2020. Mishicot High School also announced the launching of a Rising Phoenix program in Fall 2021. The program was created with the goals of reducing college debt, closing the achievement gap and providing advanced learning opportunities for students in Northeast Wisconsin communities.

“We are excited to expand the Rising Phoenix Early College High School Program with the Two Rivers School District,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander. “The University is committed to working with our K-12 educational partners to invest in the growth of our region and support an increase in the percentage of students in our communities that have access to higher education. We look forward to building our partnership with the students, teachers and administration in Two Rivers.”

Current Two Rivers High School sophomores will have the opportunity to apply for the Rising Phoenix Programand will be enrolled during their junior and senior years of high school. When admitted to the program, students will be concurrently enrolled at Two Rivers High School and UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus. Rising Phoenix courses are selected to meet Wisconsin high school graduation requirements and the UW-Green Bay Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree. Courses will be offered at Two Rivers High School, online and UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus, providing students flexible options to take courses and participate in extra-curricular activities at the high school and on the university campus. These opportunities allow for students to experience college coursework in the familiar environment of their high school and to learn alongside other college students at a college campus.

The goal for participating students is to earn both their high school diploma and get a significant head start on their college degree. Students enrolling in the program will have the opportunity to earn an AAS degree by the time they graduate from Two Rivers High School. 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.

The Two Rivers School District is committed to providing equitable access to the program and will cover the full program costs for up to 10 students in a target group that is defined as first generation college students and students with financial need. Other Two Rivers students may apply to the program with the cost shared between the School District and students/families.

“At Two Rivers High School we are striving to ensure students become respectful, responsible and resilient learners empowered for the diverse experiences of life. Part of that mission includes fostering pathways for student success through rigorous and challenging courses that benefit students beyond high school,” said Timothy Engh, Two Rivers High School Principal. “The Rising Phoenix partnership is one way we can achieve that goal while demonstrating our Kids at Hope District philosophy. We are very excited for our students to start engaging with this opportunity.”

The main priorities and advantages of the program are student support and coaching. 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).

“The Two Rivers Public School District is very excited to partner with the Rising Phoenix program,” said Lisa Quistorf, Two Rivers District Administrator. “This partnership provides educational opportunities in higher education for our high school students. Together we will support and guide our students for advancement in their college/career preparedness. We are proud of this partnership. We are TR!”

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

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 8,970 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 79,604 continuing education enrollees each year across all campus locations. We educate students from pre-college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2020, UW-Green Bay was the fastest growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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. For more information, visit: www.uwgb.edu/continuing-education


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The inaugural Rising Phoenix program at UW Green Bay last year was so successful, that the College and Manitowoc Lincoln High School have announced that another group of students in the Junior class will begin the program this fall. Rising Phoenix is an early college high school program, providing students dual enrollment in high school and the University.

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Corey King and Cordero Barkley Black Power 51 Wis. Influential Leaders

Cordero Barkley and Corey King named Black Power 2020: Wisconsin’s 51 Most Influential Black Leaders

Cordero Barkley and Corey King were named “Black Power 2020: Wisconsin’s 51 Most Influential Black Leaders” by madison365.com, recently.

Cordero Barkley
Cordero Barkley

Barkley is the director of finance and investments at Titletown Tech, an investment firm based in Green Bay. Formerly, he was an assistant vice president – fiduciary officer with Associated Bank Wealth Management, working with high net-worth individuals. He earned both his bachelor’s degree and his master’s from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he played Division I basketball from 2005-2009. Barkley was recognized by the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce as 2018 Future 15 recipient, as well as a recipient of the UW-Green Bay Distinguished Recent Alumni Award for 2018. He also currently serves on a number of boards in the Greater Green Bay community

Corey King, UW-Green Bay Vice Chancellor
Corey King, UW-Green Bay Vice Chancellor

King is the vice chancellor for Inclusivity & Student Affairs UW-Green Bay. King has over 27 years of collegiate experience in student affairs. Prior to his current position, he was the vice president for Enrollment Management & Student Financial Services at Bethune-Cookman University and the vice president for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at Florida Atlantic University. During his time at FAU, King established the Urban Male Institute and the First Generation Student Success Center both of which focused on supporting the university’s first-generation minority students. King received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Florida State University as well as a Doctorate in Educational Administration & Leadership from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

See the series at madison365.com.

UW-Green Bay Green Bay Campus in Fall Colors

Total enrollment is 8,970

UW-Green Bay is reporting 8,970 students enrolled across its four locations for Fall 2020. Gains included a 12-percent increase in Graduate Studies and gains in enrollment at Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan campuses. The gain marks six straight years of enrollment growth for the University.

How many students attend UW-Green Bay?

An updated factsheet for Fall 2020 is pending approval of a central data report to UW System and will be available soon. According to UW-Green Bay’s Office of Institutional Research Fall 2019 enrollment Fact Sheet (pdf), total enrollment of 8,803 was made up of 8,405 undergraduates (Green Bay Campus 7,586; Manitowoc Campus 237; Marinette Campus 203; and Sheboygan 381) and 396 graduate students. Other facts and figures worth highlighting:

  • 63% of students are women
  • 1,214 students (13.7% percent of total enrollment) are underrepresented minorities. Another 200 (about 2%) are from other minority backgrounds
  • Wisconsin residents are 89.6% of total enrollment; 58.2% are from UW-Green Bay’s 16-county footprint.
  • UWGB enrolled 1,347 new freshmen, 667 new transfer students, 118 new master’s students
  • Average ACT composite for new freshmen was 21

For more facts and figures from UW-Green Bay, see Institutional Strategy & Effectiveness Factbooks.

Also see the November 11, 2020 news release, UW-Green Bay sees highest enrollment gain in the UW System

UW-Green Bay: Sees highest enrollment gain in the UW System

“This is truly incredible, especially in light of the pandemic,” said UW-Green Bay Provost Kate Burns. Our mission is to teach all who want to learn,” Burns said. “This focus on student success permeates all that we do. Our students have shown incredible resilience in pursuing their education during this time. I am so proud of our faculty and staff in how they have rallied around our students to support them and their educational goals.”

Source: UW-Green Bay: Sees highest enrollment gain in the UW System – Wisbusiness

UWGB leads system schools in enrollment growth

UW-Green Bay reported 8,970 students enrolled across its four locations with gains in graduate studies (a 12-point increase) and enrollment gains at the Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan campuses. The gain marks six straight years of enrollment growth for the university.

Source: UWGB leads system schools in enrollment growth – Insight Publications

University of Wisconsin enrollment drops nearly 2%, UW-Green Bay has 2 percent gain

The only other campuses with enrollment increases were UW- Green Bay and Parkside, with Green Bay having the highest enrollment increase. Preliminary data showed total enrollment to be 164,494, down by 1.9% from last year. Enrollment for incoming freshmen was 6%. Source: University of Wisconsin enrollment drops nearly 2% – FOX11

UW System reports enrollment decline amid pandemic (UW-Green Bay up two percent)

Only branch campuses of UW-Green Bay saw enrollment increases, which were also significant. UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc reported an additional 50 students this fall, which works out to an increase of more than 21 percent. UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan reported an increase of 7.6 percent, and enrollment at UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus increased by nearly 6 percent.

Source: UW System Reports 2 Percent Fall Enrollment Decline Amid Pandemic, WPR