Students Earn Bachelor's Degree in Engineering Through UWFox/UW-Platteville Collaborative Program
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On Saturday, December 17, five college students from the Fox Cities area were awarded their Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, in Platteville. David Walbrun (Appleton), Kristina Sawyer (Neenah), Craig Peterson (Greenville), Angela Neubert (Shiocton), and Mark Blair (Menasha) are the first graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley / UW-Platteville Collaborative Engineering Program.
In 2001, the two outstanding educational institutions formally agreed to begin offering an opportunity for northeast Wisconsin residents to attain a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, through UW-Platteville, while attending classes entirely at the UWFox campus in Menasha. There are nearly 150 students currently enrolled in the collaborative engineering program at UWFox.
“Graduating means I finally get to see five and a half years worth of hard work pay off,” said Walbrun. “When I decided to stay at UWFox to earn my degree, I was able to save a lot of money, not to mention still do everything I have wanted to do in the area…including be able to keep my job, be around my family, and still be around my friends.” Walbrun will begin working full-time for Kimberly-Clark, starting on Dec. 27th.
UW-Platteville Chancellor David Markee recognizes the unique accomplishment of the five students. "Commencement is always a special time at a University. UW-Platteville's December 2005 Commencement was more than that to five very unique graduates. We awarded mechanical engineering degrees to five students who have studied through our collaborative program at UW-Fox Valley. This is a win-win-win situation. Most certainly, the students 'win' as they have earned ABET accredited mechanical engineering degrees. Most certainly the State of Wisconsin 'wins' with these graduates who have added to their knowledge and skill sets while working in Wisconsin businesses. And, most certainly the UW System, UWFox, and UWP 'win' as we demonstrate our ability to serve the people of our State in an efficient and effective way."
Jim Perry, campus executive officer and dean at UWFox, said, "These five Fox Cities engineering students who graduated as a result of the collaborative agreement between UW-Platteville and UWFox marks the dawn of a new era for northeastern Wisconsin. No longer will students, many of whom are employees of local firms, need to choose between obtaining the credentials that will allow themselves to advance in their professions and leaving their jobs, homes, and families to travel to Milwaukee, Madison or Platteville. The five students who received their degrees exemplify how the UW System engineering programs have moved to where the need exists, rather than forcing students to go to where programs exist.”
The efforts to bring this program to the Fox Cities have been supported by a number of businesses and community leaders. The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the UW-Fox Valley Foundation, local state legislative representatives, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Bassett Mechanical, Menasha Corporation, Plexus, AZCO, Harris Group, C.R. Meyer, OMNNI, Integrated Paper, Appleton, and Foth & Van Dyke were notable in their cooperative efforts to bring the program to the area.
The mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree collaboration with UW-Platteville is just one of several very successful bachelor’s degree programs that are being offered at UWFox, allowing students enrolled in these programs to take all their courses toward their respective degrees on the UWFox campus. Other available bachelor’s degree programs include the bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering through UW-P, a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies / organizational administration through UW-Oshkosh, a bachelor’s degree in general studies through UW-Stevens Point, a bachelor’s degree in industrial management through UW-Stout.
More information about UWFox’s collaborative degree programs can be obtained by contacting the campus’ Student Services Office, 920-832-2620 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.