Marinette campuses partner to expand opportunities

For current and future students of NWTC Marinette and UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus, a new partnership means expanded services, more student activities and seamless learning opportunities.

Read about the Marinette Higher Education Coalition in an article by Jennifer Flatt, NWTC Marinette dean, and Cindy Bailey, UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus, campus executive officer:

Over the last six months, we have been meeting with school districts, business and industry leaders, and community members to talk about the Marinette Area Higher Education Coalition.

As with any coalition, UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus and NWTC Marinette are joining efforts because we share common goals. We both fulfill educational needs beyond high school. We both provide workforce training, whether serving individuals or groups from local employers. We are both committed to lifelong learning through credit and non-credit opportunities. We both exist to help foster economic development in our region and meet people’s needs.

Jennifer Flatt (left) and Cindy Bailey are leading the new Marinette Higher Education Coalition

One purpose of the Coalition is to ensure that we are not duplicating the services needed by the region. In reducing any duplication, we can use our resources to expand what is available and bring greater opportunities to the area.

Why now? With the recent restructure of the UW System, Marinette now boasts a four-year institution in UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus. Our region can now benefit from the availability of several four-year baccalaureate degrees right here in Marinette. Students who complete certain programs at NWTC Marinette will be able to continue their college education right in town.

For our current and future students, the Coalition means coordinated student activities, expanded services, and more opportunities for clubs and events. It means seamless transitions between the two campuses. It means cross-trained staff who can direct students on the best path. It means being able to obtain your desired degree without having to leave the community and while saving a lot of money.

While we are working together, both campuses will maintain their individual identities. Each campus has always offered certain programs that the other did not. We will continue to do so.

But together, we can add even more to the educational and economic vitality of the area. We are excited to serve you. We hope you will visit both our campuses to see how we can help you with facilities rental, career services, individual courses, degree programs, and much more. We are your community resource.

Want to know more? Read more about the coalition here.

UW-Green Bay sponsors Brown County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration

As it has for years, UW-Green Bay is set to play a fundamental role in Saturday’s (Jan. 18, 2020) Brown County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). See photos from last year. The University is a major sponsor for this highly-regarded annual event, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon at NWTC’s Student Center. Interim Chancellor Cheryl Van Gruensven will present prizes for grades K-3 in the annual MLK poster, poetry and essay contest. A keynote speaker (Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.), local DJ, t-shirts, cereal drive, photo booth and community service projects will make the 25th annual Brown County MLK Celebration one to remember! A delicious luncheon is served at the program’s end. The event is free and open to the public.

More details are available at: http://browncomlk.org/index.html. Several UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members serve on the MLK event planning committee, including Associate Profs. Jolanda Sallmann and Francis Akakpo (Social Work), Prof. Gaurav Bansal (Business Administration) and Associate Prof. Mussie Teclezion (Business Administration) and Diversity Director Mai Lo Lee (Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs). For more information, please contact Prof. Sallmann (sallmanj@uwgb.edu).

UW-Green Bay alumni to speak at Small Business Summit on Thursday, Sept. 19

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is hosting a Small Business Summit on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in its Corporate Conference Center. UW-Green Bay alumni Paul Northway ’90 (Business Administration and Political Science) and Craig Dickman ’82 (Business Administration) will be keynote speakers at the event. The purpose of the Summit is to inform, educate and inspire business owners in Northeast Wisconsin. In addition to keynote speakers, various workshops and breakout sessions are planned, as well as opportunities to network. Food is included. The event costs $10 for UW-Green Bay students with the discount code “student” when registering. This includes food and refreshments during the day. Register today! Please share with your students.

Final reminder: Administrative Professionals Conference set for Wednesday, April 24

Celebrate the vital role Administrative Professionals play in our organizations. UW-Green Bay Continuing Education and Community Engagement and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College are partnering to offer an Administrative Professionals Conference on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The conference will be held at a choice of three different locations and curriculums: the KI Convention Center/Hyatt Regency in Green Bay, the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus and the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus. The fee is $59 and includes a continental breakfast, instruction and materials. Learn more. Questions can be directed towards Kassie Van Remortel at 920-465-2468.

Administrative Professionals Conference set for Wednesday, April 24

Celebrate the vital role Administrative Professionals play in our organizations. UW-Green Bay Continuing Education and Community Engagement and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College are partnering to offer an Administrative Professionals Conference on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The conference will be held at a choice of three different locations and curriculums: the KI Convention Center/Hyatt Regency in Green Bay, the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus and the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus. The fee is $59 and includes a continental breakfast, instruction and materials. Learn more. Questions can be directed towards Kassie Van Remortel at 920-465-2468.

Administrative Professionals Conference on Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2019

Celebrate the vital role administrative professionals play in our organizations. UW-Green Bay Continuing Education and Community Engagement and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College are partnering to offer an Administrative Professionals Conference on Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2019 from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. The registration fee is $59 and includes breakfast, instruction and materials. The conference will be held at a choice of three different locations and curriculums: the KI Convention Center/Hyatt Regency in Green Bay; UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus and the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus. Learn more and register. For questions contact Kassie Van Remortel at 920-465-2468.

Green Bay Metro’s ‘College Express’ takes students, faculty and staff downtown

A new route, “College Express,” was added to the Green Bay metro route on Monday, August 20, 2018 to help college students get to the downtown area of Green Bay. College students from UW-Green Bay and NWTC can now hop on a bus that runs every half an hour between 7:15 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. and makes a stop at the Transit Center. UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller said that the new transit line will “break some of the barriers for our students, faculty and staff.” Chancellor Miller also says the route will increase the number of students downtown, and improve joint programming between NWTC and UW-Green Bay. Fox 11 has the story.

Area Colleges Team Up to Take on Nursing Shortage

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and NWTC Launch NURSE 1-2-1 Degree Program

Green Bay, Wis. — With states like Wisconsin facing a shortage in qualified nurses to serve patients, leaders at two colleges in Northeast Wisconsin are tackling the issue with a sense of community urgency and student affordability in mind, developing an inventive new nursing education model that will welcome its first class in September.

NURSE 1-2-1, a new collaborative program developed by UW‑Green Bay and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) is launching this fall with an initial class of 24 students. The program brings together the region’s best nursing educators and teaching healthcare technologies to create a single, cost-effective nursing program to meet growing healthcare demands, both in the numbers entering the profession and the depth of their nursing education.

“This program represents a new way of thinking about how to address a community issue like the nursing shortage both here in Wisconsin and nationwide,” said Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Dean of UW‑Green Bay’s College of Health, Education and Social Welfare and one of the program’s creators. “Both institutions are excited about how quickly we’ve been able to mobilize this solution and what it means for the nursing workforce and healthcare overall in our region.”

Under the program, nursing students attend classes for Year 1 at UW‑Green Bay, Years 2 and 3 at NWTC (obtaining an Associate Degree in Nursing in the process) and return to classes at UWGB during Year 4 to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The result: A traditional campus-like college experience that allows students the flexibility to enter the workforce and begin caring for patients and earning an income while finishing their degree on campus or online in Year 4.

According to NWTC Dean and fellow NURSE 1-2-1 program creator Kay Tupala, the collaboration between NWTC and UW‑Green Bay is good for students, regional healthcare, community quality of life and the two colleges.NURSE 1-2-1 is a unique pathway for students pursuing a BSN degree. Students receiving their BSN through the program can expect to invest 50% less in tuition than their peers attending a traditional four-year BSN program. We’re bringing together teaching excellence and affordability in a way that hasn’t been done before and it’s very exciting for students and the community.”

Gallagher-Lepak and Tupala agree that leveraging the best from both campuses is smart educational planning. “The program brings together UW‑Green Bay and NWTC’s experienced nursing educators and state of the art technology, including human patient simulators, to create a world-class student experience,” Tupala noted.

The Fall 2016 NURSE 1-2-1 class is comprised of students from across the state of Wisconsin as well as out-of-state students, from Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois and California.

Nationally and in Wisconsin, the nursing shortage (predicted to reach 20,000 nationally by 2035) is happening at the same time that the Institute of Medicine has recommended increasing the level of workforce preparedness for nurses. “In recent years, the Institute has been recommending an 80 percent BSN-prepared workforce in nursing across the U.S., given research that shows healthcare outcomes for patients improve when the nursing workforce is educated at the BSN level,” noted Gallagher-Lepak. “Healthcare organizations are following the Institute’s guidance and are looking to hire more nursing graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Put simply, we need more BSNs.” In 2013 the Health Resources Services Association reported that 55 percent of all RNs in the U.S. held a baccalaureate in nursing degree or higher.

Students interested in applying for the NURSE 1-2-1 Program can access website information at www.uwgb.edu/nursing/nurse-1-2-1/overview/, phone (920) 465-2111 or e-mail uwgb@uwgb.edu. Applications to UW‑Green Bay for Fall 2017 can be submitted starting September 1, 2016. Following acceptance to UW‑Green Bay, a NURSE 1-2-1 Program Intention form must be submitted between September 15 and October 30, 2016.

Gallagher-Lepak and Tupala note that NURSE 1-2-1 is not a common model, but could soon become a national model for obtaining a nursing degree, because of its cost effectiveness and utility of all available resources. The planning team from both organizations included UW‑Green Bay’s Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Jennifer Schwahn, and Jan Malchow and NWTC’s Kay Tupala, Brian Krogh, and Katie Gilson.

About the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,700 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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