College fair with Nehemiah group in Madison

March 6, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE-The University of Wisconsin-Platteville plans to hold a college fair in conjunction with a Madison faith-based group, the Nehemiah Corporation. The event will be held Thursday, March 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fountain of Life Family Worship Center in Madison.

UWP formed a partnership with the Nehemiah Corporation, a youth empowerment organization dedicated to help students of color rise above poverty and welfare, about two years ago.

Nehemiah Director of Programs Liliada Gee said UWP Multicultural Services Adviser Charles Moore inaugurated the partnership. "He was the impetus to get this going," said Gee. "It is really unique -- to have a grass roots organization like ours partnering with a university is mutually beneficial."

Moore said he approached the Nehemiah group with a partnership concept because of his admiration for the organization's efforts to help students of color achieve the dream of going to college.

"I admired and respected what they were doing," said Moore. "The relationship between the Nehemiah Corporation and UWP is a perfect fit."

Moore gave credit for the cooperative effort to UWP Provost and Assistant Chancellor Carol Sue Butts. "She has really promoted and developed this relationship," said Moore.

Carlos Wiley, UWP Multicultural Services director, said UWP's partnership with Nehemiah works to reach students of color and to provide assistance to them. Wiley is bringing a delegation of top administration officials, including Butts, to answer questions at the fair.

About 75 Madison area middle and high school students are expected to attend the fair, said Gee, which will cover the 40 majors at UWP, along with distance education information. Parents and community members will also be in attendance, she added.

The fair will help students "know faces and people at UWP," said Gee, who added she was looking forward to the event.

The Nehemiah Corporation provides young people with "the tools to escape from welfare and poverty," said Gee. "We start them on the way to a future as economically independent, productive adults."

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