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Degree-program partnership earns Manufacturing Alliance Collaboration award

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The Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Manufacturing Alliance earned the “Collaboration in Action Award” for the instrumental role its member businesses played in helping craft the now-launched Engineering Technology program – a trio of electrical, mechanical and environmental engineering technology degrees created in partnership with the 13 partner-institutions and colleges of the Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (NEW ERA).
Degree-program partnership earns Manufacturing Alliance Collaboration award

NEW Manufacturing Alliance Director Ann Franz is flanked by members of the organization and UW Oshkosh Foundation President Arthur Rathjen and Interim Chancellor Petra Roter at the Community Breakfast.

The programs make the Bachelor of Science in electrical, mechanical and environmental engineering technology more easily accessible to students living in the New North region while addressing regional manufacturers’ demands for new infusions of well-prepared engineering graduates. Students entering the new Leadership in Engineering Technology program and pursuing any of its three degrees will be able to begin their academic studies at any one of 13 NEW ERA institutions and colleges. They finish the program and earning their degrees at either UW-Green Bay or UW Oshkosh.

“These new majors are some of the most exciting and fundamentally different programs that UW Oshkosh has undertaken in most recent years. It would not have been possible without the support of the Manufacturing Alliance and its member organizations,” said UW Oshkosh Foundation President and Executive Director of Advancement Arthur Rathjen.

Manufacturing CEOs and managers worked alongside faculty to help design the nationally distinct and responsive academic program after survey work identified a demand for more hands-on, engineering technologists in the regional economy.

The award was presented during the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation’s 9th Annual Community Breakfast and Report to the Community event on Sept. 16.

NEW Manufacturing Alliance Director Ann Franz accepted the award on behalf of the organization, but welcomed several of its board leaders to the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center stage for a well-deserved round of applause.

 

Originally published in UW Oshkosh Today on September 16, 2014

by Kroening, Lori J last modified Jul 01, 2016 09:34 AM
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