The Pioneer Post

The Pioneer Post is a resource by University of Wisconsin-Platteville to provide online students with tips and information about distance education.

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Valderrama and his wife, Catalina.

Master Scholar builds a network to achieve career goals

When Esteban Valderrama-Agudelo left Colombia to pursue his education and a career in the U.S., he worried about leaving his family and support system behind. Yet, he knew that to excel in the field of engineering, he needed to create a professional support system as well. Read more...

Autumn Fisher

Falling into the wastewater business leads to a lifelong passion

Autumn Fisher, Master of Science in Project Management student and STEM Scholar, didn’t always dream of working in the wastewater business. Eight years ago, after finishing her bachelor of science in Chemistry at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Fisher applied for a lab analyst position at Fond du Lac Wastewater Treatment Plant. Read more...

Melissa Gavin and her husband, Joe.

Melissa Gavin

When Melissa Gavin enrolled in the online Project Management master’s program, she had never thought about having a career in education. As she progressed through the program, however, she realized that she had a passion for education and wanted to get more involved at UW-Platteville. Read more...

Anthony Chavez

Education the best answer to Murphy’s Law

It is the project manager’s job to coordinate people, track time and resources, and generally keep a project moving forward. This role is especially important when it aligns with safety, as it does for alumnus Anthony Chavez, the Manager for the Environment, Safety, and Health Department at the Sandia National Laboratories Facilities Center. Read more...

Ahmed Sakr

‘Readers are Leaders’: Student empowered through coursework

Two years ago, Ahmed Sakr took a buying job with Al-Dawaa Medical Services, and though he was excited about his new position with one of the largest pharmacy chain companies in the Middle East, it came with supply chain disciplines that were completely new to him. Read more...

Chris Jentz and her husband Wayne

Chris Jentz

If you have a question about UW-Platteville Distance Education, Chris Jentz is a great place to start. As a University Program Associate, she does a little bit of everything—processing admissions, monitoring the graduate catalog, serving as the graduation coordinator, and much more. Read more...

Holly Voll

Graduation should be a new beginning in your relationship with UW-Platteville

In December, UW-Platteville hosted its 195th commencement ceremony, and over 700 new graduates joined the Class of 2015. Among them were over 60 distance education students. Read more...


Congratulations, graduates!

The Distance Learning Center faculty and staff would like to congratulate all of our recent fall 2015 graduates. You should be proud of all you have accomplished during your time here—we are! Read more...

Lisa Cousins

A whimsical choice changes the course of an alumna's career

In 1998, Lisa Cousins was pursuing her master’s degree at night at a local university. The traditional schedule was difficult to manage with a full-time job, so she began investigating online graduate programs and found the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program at UW-Platteville. Read more...

March Matchness

Thank You for a Successful March Matchness

This spring, the UW-Platteville Distance Learning Center partnered with the UW-Platteville Distance Education Alumni Board for the second annual March Matchness. This annual fundraising event encourages donors to seek company matches from their employers, doubling their gift to the university. Read more...


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