News Release

Published on Thursday, January 20, 2005

SPARTA, Wis. - What do you want to be when you grow up? Students today are taking this question seriously at a young age. Classes they take as early as eighth grade can help prepare them for careers four or more years in advance.

Western Wisconsin Technical College (WWTC) will be helping students in grades 8-11 plan for their future by discussing two-year higher education opportunities at the Sparta School District’s Curriculum Fair on Monday, Jan. 31.

According to Sparta High School Principal Glenn Martin, the goal of the fair is to allow parents and students to see what career options are out there, to find out what courses should be taken in preparation for their career choices, and to get more detailed answers to other questions they may have.

WWTC representatives will give an overview of technical college system and then students will be encouraged to visit booths for more program-specific information.

“The more accurate and meaningful information we can get out to students and their parents, the better decisions they will make about post-high school career choices,” said Martin. “Currently many students try a four-year college first, only to realize that the technical colleges have programs that better meet their career goals. This is seen with the markedly large numbers of students who opt out of the four-year colleges after their freshman year and by the large increase in technical college enrollments for adults in the 19-21 age bracket.”

The event is open throughout the afternoon for students in grades 9-11. In addition, parents and students in grades 8-11 are invited to attend after school, between 3:30-7:30 p.m.

For more information about the Curriculum Fair, including a list of other college and military participants, please contact Martin at (608) 269-2107. To learn more about WWTC programs and services, please call 608-785-9200 or visit the WWTC Web site at