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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement (LLCE) and the Children’s Learning and Care Center will move to Lincoln Hall this week.

The University purchased the 52,000-square-foot facility, the former Oshkosh Area School District Lincoln Elementary School located at 608 Algoma Blvd., in April 2010. The hall was remodeled to fit the needs of both the UW Oshkosh Children’s Learning and Care Center and LLCE.

The main floor will be occupied by the Children’s Learning and Care Center, which provides childcare for UW Oshkosh faculty, staff and students’ newborns and children through eight-years-old.

The Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement, which serves adult students through online degree and certificate programs and resources, as well as provides personal and professional development opportunities and conference and event planning services, will occupy the basement and second floor.

“We are excited to have a place to call our own, ” Karen Heikel, assistant vice chancellor for the Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement, said. “It will allow us to have extended hours to meet the needs of our adult students, who need to meet with an adviser after work or attend an evening or weekend class.”

The location of Lincoln Hall also allows the University another opportunity to serve Oshkosh and the surrounding areas, Heikel said.

“It sits on a a well-known corner of Wisconsin and Algoma, making it easily accessible,” Heikel said. “With parking out back and extended hours, it will be easy for our students to meet with our staff, and for us to host small conferences and workshops in Lincoln Hall.”

Lincoln Hall will also be home to the UW Oshkosh Learning in Retirement group, which provides lifelong learning opportunities for older adults. The hall has classrooms in the basement, and will host noncredit personal and professional development programs.

A ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for the Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement and Children’s Learning and Care Center will be held in the fall.

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