News Release

Published on Friday, June 17, 2005

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Western Wisconsin Technical College have signed an articulation agreement to offer a unique degree that combines computer hardware technology and software programming. The collaboration gives graduates from WWTC’s Computer Engineering Technology (CET) program the option of transferring their credits to UW-L to earn a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

“Students who graduate from this program will be extremely marketable in the 7 Rivers Region and elsewhere,” said Tom Gendreau, chair of UW-L’s Computer Science department. “Prior to this agreement, Milwaukee was the closest place to earn a degree that brings together these two distinct disciplines.”

Students in WWTC’s CET program learn to operate, test, troubleshoot, program, network and maintain electronic or microprocessor based equipment and systems. UW-L’s CS program will build on this hardware training with advanced instruction in software application with a concentration in computer engineering technology.

“Partnerships like this are an important step in improving the state’s economy and job market,” said WWTC President Lee Rasch. “It is very much in line with the current initiative to increase the number of bachelor’s degrees in Wisconsin by expanding access to the state’s four-year universities by way of a two-year technical degree.”

According to a recent study by Committee on Baccalaureate Expansion (COBE) – a joint panel of representatives from the University of Wisconsin System and the Wisconsin Technical College System – Wisconsin lags significantly behind other states when it comes to the number of state citizens with bachelor’s degrees. Increasing transfer opportunities is one of the committee’s recommended strategies to bring Wisconsin closer to the national average.

The CET-CS agreement between UW-L and WWTC will be in place beginning this fall, and is one of several transfer opportunities between the two schools.

To learn more about this collaboration, please call 608.785.9088 (WWTC) or 608.785.6813 (UW-L).