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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Doug Nofsinger

Experience, determination set scholarship winner apart

When Doug Nofsinger receives his bachelor’s degree next year, he will check a life-long goal off his list. Nofsinger dropped out of high school at 18 to join the United States Air Force. He later completed his GED, but has wanted to obtain a college degree for a long time. Read more...

Michelle Zasada

Michelle Zasada

If you want to know the ins and outs of the Distance Learning Center at UW-Platteville, Michelle Zasada is a good place to start. As the student services manager, Zasada provides oversight for the admissions and student services team, which allows her to get an up-close look at how our programs are growing and also see what the online student experience is like. Read more...

Joe Roy

Connections are key in student and alumni experience

Coming from a family of police officers, law and criminal justice have always been a part of Joe Roy’s life. And it looks like UW-Platteville is now too. Read more...

Jayson Johnson

Using education to make a positive impact

Helping others is a common theme for Distance Education Alumni Scholarship winner and Master of Science in Organizational Change Leadership student Jayson Johnson. The desire to help others along with his solid work ethic has carried him from his first job as a 14-year-old selling and servicing bicycles to more than 30 years in the workforce, culminating with his current position with John Deere. Read more...

Megan Hinderman

When Writer and Editor Megan Hinderman isn’t at work, you’re likely to find her in one of two places. The first is at her desk at home, as she recently enrolled in an online master’s degree program in communications. Read more...

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...


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