News Release

Published on Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Three Western Wisconsin Technical College students received their bachelor’s degrees at a commencement ceremony held in January. However, the degrees awarded were not from WWTC, but from Franklin University.
The graduates, Greta Dahl of Whitehall, Leandra Edgar of Arcadia, and Dawn Konze of Holmen, completed their bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Computer Science - Software Engineering and Business Administration, respectively, by participating in a unique educational alliance between WWTC and Franklin University. The bachelor’s degree completion program allows students in the U.S. to combine coursework at their local community colleges with online classes through Franklin to complete their degree.
Western Wisconsin Technical College is one of more than 200 community colleges across the U.S. that has formed an educational alliance with Franklin University. The Community College Alliance was established to provide students the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree online while remaining in their community. Bachelor’s degrees in 10 majors are available: Accounting, Applied Management, Business Administration, Computer Science, Digital Communication, Health Care Management, Information Technology, Management, Management Information Sciences and Public Safety Management. An innovative 17-month online MBA program is also offered through Franklin University.
Adults have responded enthusiastically to the convenient online format and the ability to fit classes into their daily schedule. Students also have the benefit of belonging to two schools at one time. They can access Franklin’s resources in addition to the resources of WWTC. Franklin’s virtual resources include academic advising, a help desk and a library system. Each student also is assigned a Student Services Associate who provides support and guidance by answering questions about transcripts, financial aid or even how to purchase textbooks.