A perfect match
Just two years into their marriage, Todd and Jessica Tadych decided to enroll in UW-Platteville’s online engineering program and complete their master ’s degrees together. After researching MBA programs, Todd and Jessica chose UW-Platteville because its online program effectively combines the technical aspects of engineering with management.
Amazingly, the couple took every class together and took one class at a time while still keeping pace with demanding jobs in their fields: Jessica as a software developer for Epic Systems, a healthcare software provider in Madison, Wis., and Todd as a transmission planning engineer for American Transmission Company, a transmission-only utility in Waukesha, Wis.
“I don’t think I would have gotten through it without Todd,” Jessica said. “Some nights, I would come home and say ‘I know I said I was going to work on it tonight, but I just can’t.’ Todd would begin working and at some point, I’d join him. We pulled each other along.”
The last semester was rough for the couple, but “we created a spreadsheet for both classes with all of our assignments and we’d discuss how much we each planned to do each night, Todd said.
Like Todd, Jessica aspires to reach a management-level position with the engineering industry.
“I wanted to do it for myself, more than anything. I just wanted to continue my education,” she said.
Many factors contributed to the couple’s success. Different strengths: she likes math, he likes writing. A bit of competitiveness: Jessica wasn’t too happy when Todd got 100 on an exam and she got a 99. And – “We learned a lot from our classmates,” Todd said. “Everyone comes from different backgrounds and sometimes only one person in a workgroup is familiar with a concept. Since we were usually in different groups, we were able to leverage knowledge from both groups.”