The University of Wisconsin-Platteville places strong emphasis on the value of community engagement as part of the educational experience. Many of the academic programs on campus, including several in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, have integrated community engagement into the curriculum.
In 2008, UW-Platteville reiterated this commitment to community with the establishment of the Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement (PACCE). PACCE is a transformative initiative for the campus-wide coordination, integration, and leadership of community-based scholarship of engagement on the UW-Platteville campus; and is a funding source for scholarship of engagement projects.
The mission of PACCE is to help faculty integrate experiential learning into the curriculum. Faculty recruit a community partner with a need and, as part of their coursework, students address the problem. PACCE helps to create connections and provides funding for the projects. At the conclusion of the project, students present their work in a campus poster session. In the past year alone, the College of EMS has been involved in over 15 PACCE-funded projects (51 in total).