Providing a responsive education
The demands for engineering technologists, more nurses and highly-skilled insurance professionals are driving new, collaborative educational offerings at UW Oshkosh. And they are also strengthening the institution’s emerging reputation as a national leader in the development of high-quality, collaborative programs that close skills gaps.
In fall 2013, the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents’ Research, Economic Development, and Innovation (REDI) Committee approved $1.2 million for three new engineering technology degrees developed in partnership with UW-Green Bay, faculty at 13 other Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance colleges and institutions and regional manufacturers. UW Oshkosh was also among four UW System institutions earning a combined $1.9 million to fuel efforts to address the state nursing shortage.
Meanwhile, our Center for Risk Management’s Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Insurance Program continues to thrive. It addresses regional industry executives’ call for a new generation of knowledgeable, high-skilled risk managers. The five-year-old program “is guided by an advisory board of insurance executives and provides annual scholarships and grants to attract future insurance leaders and offers internship opportunities” to best prepare students for careers in the industry.
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Two University of Wisconsin Oshkosh economic development initiatives answering the call to close critical skills gaps in the state workforce got the green light for new grant funding by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents’ Research, Economic Development, and Innovation Committee (REDI) on Nov. 1, 2013.
The REDI committee supported UW Oshkosh-collaborative initiatives involving the ongoing development of three engineering technology degrees with UW-Green Bay and a broader, UW System-wide effort to address the state nursing shortage. The two initiatives will benefit from approximately $1.9 million and $3.2 million, respectively.
“We appreciate the REDI Committee’s support for these key UW Oshkosh-connected initiatives,” UW Oshkosh Chancellor Richard Wells said. “These academic programs and degrees we are cooperatively developing and enhancing through the new ‘Incentive Grants’ are intentional, focused, skills-gap-closers that have been designed with regional business and workforce partners to meet our New North’s and state’s economic needs while delivering the highest-quality education to students.” Read more.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh expanded its educational footprint in the New North region with the opening of an Executive Education Center in Appleton Oct. 17.
The Executive Education Center, located at 2323 E. Capitol Drive in Appleton, was established to coincide with the recent launch of the Executive MBA path at UW Oshkosh. The Executive MBA path is aimed at transforming the way master’s level business education is delivered to MBA students.
The program path is geared toward mid- to senior-level business executives and was designed by UW Oshkosh faculty and partners for executives and emerging business leaders — those with at least eight years of professional work experience and at least five years of leadership experience.
“The Executive MBA path is an exciting addition to the College of Business,” said Kathy Hagens, MBA program director at UW Oshkosh. “It complements the current Professional MBA program path, providing seasoned business leaders with an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues who share similar business challenges.”
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved a trio of new and collaborative engineering technology degrees July 12 designed to make a high-demand field more easily accessible to students in the New North region while also addressing 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 are able to begin their academic studies at any one of 13 Northeastern Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (NEW ERA) institutions and colleges, finishing the program and earning their degrees at either UW-Green Bay or UW Oshkosh. The innovative program breaks new ground in providing easy access for northeastern Wisconsin students to pursue and obtain engineering knowledge and skill regional manufacturers say they are ready to put to work. Read more.