UWP to merge placement offices, appoints Pratt as interim director

November 22, 2002

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PLATTEVILLE-With a merger on the horizon for the general placement and education placement offices at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Dennis Pratt of Darlington has been appointed as the interim director of the soon-to-be University Placement Services.

Pratt, a former superintendent of the Darlington School District and a UWP alumnus, has worked with the University for the past three years, supervising student teachers and assisting with instruction of the administrative certification program. As the interim director, his responsibilities will encompass a whole new aspect of education.

"My primary focus now is to coordinate the merger of the two placement offices, meeting with the School of Education and other departments on campus to ensure a smooth transition," Pratt said. "My other responsibilities will include overseeing the day-to-day operations of University Placement Services, counseling students on resume writing and interviewing, giving class presentations regarding future employment and attending various events to provide prospective students with information and statistics about our graduate placement rates."

The two placement offices will officially merge Jan. 1, 2003. However, the general placement office has already moved into its new location in a renovated area of the Ullsvik Center. By combining the general and education placement offices, students stand to benefit greatly, Pratt says.

"By having one placement office for all majors on campus, we hope to eliminate any confusion students may have had about where to go to find job postings or help regarding resume writing and interviewing," Pratt said. "Essentially, we'll be offering a one-stop shop for job placement."

Following a successful merger of the two offices, Pratt said he plans to explore ways of expanding services offered by University Placement Services.

"For students who aren't sure if they want to enter the job market after graduation, we'll be building a library space in our office with information on graduate school options," Pratt said. "We're also discussing the possibility of extending our services to UWP alumni who our members of our alumni association. Any addition of new services, however, will not affect the current services we offer, and we want to make sure this merger works well before we add any new components to our services."

In addition to Pratt's position with the Darlington School District, he also served as superintendent in the Potosi and Monticello school districts. A Freeport, Ill., native, Pratt graduated from UWP in 1965 with a bachelor of science degree and a bachelor of arts degree in education with a comprehensive major in social studies. He later received his master's degree in education administration from Winona State University in Minnesota. He is an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts, serving as camp director for the past 34 years at Canyon Camp in Illinois. He is also a member of a church council in Darlington and president of the Darlington Library Board.

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