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Passion for education drives alumnus to volunteer, donate

Ten years after her high school graduation, Jill Bisco decided to pursue her associate’s degree and found a passion for education she didn’t know she had. Her associate’s degree at UW-Richland Center led to a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from UW-Platteville in 2005. Now, Bisco has obtained a master’s degree and Ph.D. and is an assistant professor at the University of Akron in Ohio. Almost a decade after completing her program, she still credits UW-Platteville with inspiring her educational and professional journey.

“When I started at UW-Platteville my goal was simply a bachelor’s degree. That was the plan but it so quickly changed,” Bisco said. “I realized that I could work and go to school at the same time and that distance programs could be great. This encouraged me to look at distance master’s classes and ultimately led me to obtain my Ph.D. I think if I would have had a different experience at UW-Platteville I may never have continued past my bachelor’s degree.”

Bisco has maintained close ties with her alma mater through volunteer opportunities like serving on the Distance Education Alumni Board. By working with her fellow board members to promote distance education and advise ways to improve programming and outreach, Bisco said she is able to give back to the university that gave her so much.

“I believe very much in the thought that if you are passionate about something then you need to find a way to give something back,” Bisco said. “I am very passionate about education and I don’t think I would be where I am if it weren’t for the distance education program at UW-Platteville.  Getting involved in the Alumni Board gives me the opportunity to work with others that are just as proud of being a Pioneer as I am and gives me an opportunity to spread the word about the great programs at UW-Platteville.”

Bisco also chose to support UW-Platteville Distance Education by donating to the “$35,000 for the 35th Anniversary” campaign, and encouraged others to find ways to give back.

“Education is such a vital part of our community and our country. Schools today are challenged with many issues and they require the support of their alumni and communities to prosper. Giving back to UW-Platteville in the form of a monetary donation is a way for me to say ‘Thank You’ for the knowledge that I obtained and for the direction that I was provided.  I hope that more students find their way to the distance education program at UW-Platteville, obtain a great education, and then find a way to give back to the program,” Bisco said.

Creating a culture of giving and participation within UW-Platteville Distance Education

During March Matchness and the 35th Anniversary Campaign, it is important to think about the significant impact helping others can have. Our campaign highlights the culture of giving that we are creating here within Distance Education. I was hired almost two years ago to help build a program with money as a central component, which can be tricky. My new full-time role was to obtain grants and find other money to help support our mission. As we sifted through projects and goals, it became clear that we were in a position to build a program that included giving our alumni and friends opportunities to donate money, time, and goods.  Read more


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