Colleges team up to boost technical proficiency of SE Wisconsin students

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CEAS dean Brett Peters signed the ceremonial transfer agreement with UW-Parkside, part of the Technology Pathway Partners program. Interim Chancellor Mark Mone is directly behind him, while to the left are (from left) state Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newsome, Gateway President Bryan Albrecht and Snap-on CEO Nick Pinchuk.

KENOSHA, WI – A new guaranteed transfer agreement between UW-Milwaukee (UWM) and UW-Parkside (UWP) provides students with a seamless pathway to complete a bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering.

Under the agreement, students complete their first two years of coursework at UWP, then transfer to the College of Engineering & Applied Science (CEAS) at UWM with junior standing. Those students are eligible to complete a degree in electrical engineering or mechanical engineering.

The agreement is part of a larger partnership of universities, titled Technology Pathway Partners, designed to build a workforce stocked with technology and engineering skills. In addition to UWM and UWP, the collaboration includes Gateway Technical College. Its two-pronged strategy is to help students from middle school through college develop technical skills that industries need.

The transfer agreement targets students on the older end of that continuum, giving undergraduates in the region a new way to earn an engineering bachelor’s degree. A joint program between UWP and Gateway aims to produce more technology educators at the middle-school level by offering the state’s first licensure-only post-baccalaureate program. The effort will address a growing shortage of technology and pre-engineering teachers.

The capability of the workforce is the No. 1 consideration when business leaders decide where to locate a factory or company headquarters, said Snap-on Inc. Chairman and CEO Nick Pinchuk at an announcement of the partnership May 27 at the company’s Racine headquarters.

 

Mark Mone, UWM interim chancellor, said the Technology Pathway Partners will make a vital impact on STEM-related careers. “This is a monumental moment in so many ways,” he said. “This is truly one of the types of relationships we can hold up and say: ‘We get it and we understand the different elements that have to occur for us to make the type of differences that we are all looking for.’”

Students attending UWP in fall 2014 are eligible to participate in the transfer program, as well as any current UWP students who meet the enrollment and academic program requirements. The transfer is guaranteed for students who complete all of the articulated courses in UWP’s College of Natural and Health Sciences and meet the established admission requirements of UWM’s CEAS.

 

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Contacts:

John Mielke, UW-Parkside at 262-902-9355

Lee Colony, Gateway Technical College at 262-564-2512

Laura Hunt, UW-Milwaukee at 414-229-6447