Is the Adult Degree Program now setting up shop in Southeast Wisconsin? Well, not exactly… However, with new levels of partnership being established with Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) and Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), residents of Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties will be seeing much more of UW-Green Bay and learning how they can transfer to UWGB and continue their education fully online. Faculty, staff, and students will celebrate these stronger partnerships at “Signing Ceremonies” taking place on Wednesday, October 9, at both the WCTC and MATC campuses.
The Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) degree focuses exclusively on Technical College graduates with an applied associate degree. Graduates with these degrees are eligible to pursue our BAS degree by transferring in 60 credits, starting at UWGB as a junior, and finishing the degree fully online. We know, however, that this is not news to many of you as you yourselves in many cases are pursuing the BAS degree. The reason why these expanded partnerships are so special is due to the fact that we have full-time advising and recruiting staff permanently located on some of these campuses, just like we do at WCTC and MATC. Similar Signing Ceremonies and “partnership launches” have taken place in the past at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, and Nicolet College in Rhinelander.
The strength of the BAS degree option lies not only in the ease of access and clear path toward the degree, but also in the power of the Interdisciplinary Studies (IST) major itself. As many of you have learned in IST 106, Adult Learning Seminar, the IST major is anchored in the pedagogical principles of critical thinking, communication, and problem solving. These are skills that employers demand and – along with the Technical College associate degree – constitute a powerful set of credentials going into the job market.
UW-Green Bay values the top-drawer education that Wisconsin residents have earned at its high-quality Technical College campuses. UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree Program puts these values into action through the BAS degree and through these budding new partnerships.