News Release

Published on Sunday, November 04, 2007

Mauston, WI… Today, Western Technical College and the UW Colleges Baraboo/Sauk County and Richland signed a transfer agreement that makes it possible for students to start an Associate of Arts and Science (AA&S) degree at two Western campuses, and complete the degree at a UW College. Students can start their AA&S degree at the Mauston and Viroqua campuses, and then can complete their degree at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County or UW-Richland respectively.

The AA&S degree transfer degree is a foundation for many majors in the UW System, and is generally accepted by UW institutions as fulfilling the university-wide, college, and school general education requirements. While the degree may not fulfill major and/or program specific requirements, it is designed for students who ultimately want to transfer to a four-year UW System institution.

The majority of students attending Western intend to attain a two-year associate degree or one –year technical diploma. However, a greater number of students attending technical college are looking to continue their education and a four-year university. While Western has a number of independent articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities, this partnership with the UW-Colleges provides more direct access to four-year UW institutions.

“This partnership allows Western and the UW-Colleges at Baraboo/Sauk County and Richland to provide four-year university access to students in regional areas where in the past that was difficult,” says Lee Rasch, President of Western. “We are excited for the educational opportunity for our students to start their AA&S degrees in their home communities, and stay close to home to complete their degree at a UW College,” added Mary Ann Herlitzke, Campus Administrator at Western’s Viroqua Campus. UW-Richland Campus Executive Officer and Dean, Deborah Cureton agrees, “Creating greater access to students in a larger regional area makes sense when it comes to the UW System’s growth and access goals.”

UW Colleges is a multi-campus institution that provides the first two years of liberal arts general education. Students can earn an Associate of Arts & and Science degree, which will transfer to all UW campuses.

For more information about programs and services at Western Technical College, call 608.785.9200 or visit the Web site at Western Technical College provides essential training and education to Western Wisconsin’s workforce. Our faculty bring it … our students get it … employers want it, the essential experience from Western Technical College.