Pioneer Spotlight: Kerie Wedige
Kerie Wedige, a University of Wisconsin-Platteville alumna, started working at UW-Platteville Continuing Education in 2003. In May 2015 Wedige advanced to director of Continuing Education. She currently serves on many boards, organizes community programs and teaches an online course.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job would be the people I get a chance to work with, along with the variety of programming I get to do. Everyone from staff to instructors to participants of all ages is a blessing to interact and communicate with. I have many programs I get to organize such as College for Kids, collaborations with online learning center partners, teacher re-certification and professional development, and community fitness and enrichment courses. There has always been outstanding community support with sponsorships and attendance for the courses here in Platteville.
What specifically do you do on the Systemwide Extension Council?
Myself, along with 35 other other council members provide advice and council to the UW-Extension and UW-Colleges chancellor on overall direction, policy and priorities for extension education system wide. These meetings provide a chance to discuss current and future opportunities and challenges with the chancellor that face Extension. I like to think of it as two-way communication – hearing from the chancellor about priorities and updates regarding the Extension and also providing information back to the Extension.
Are you currently working on any big projects?
Yes, I am currently working on two big projects. The first one I am partnering with Wisconsin Bank and Trust to bring Jim Harris, a motivation and inspirational speaker to UW-Platteville in late fall. The second project I am preparing is a Women’s Leadership Luncheon in Lancaster, Wisconsin.
You are a member of several regional educational groups. Why is it important for you to be involved?
I have been serving on the Platteville Regional Area Chambers Education Task Force since 2008. This committee allows us to stay in touch with local businesses which helps university resources with the community.
I have been serving on the Professional Advisory Committee for CESA 3 since February 2015. This committee is especially important because it is a crucial source for us to hear and communicate the needs of the students and the university now and in the near future.
I am currently in my final year of my second term with the Systemwide Extension Council. Each term is three years long, two terms being the max any person can serve. I have served a total of six years.
Do you teach any classes? If so, which ones?
Currently I teach a two-part online coaching course: First Aid for Coaches and Coaching Principals. These two classes together provide an introduction to first aid and injury care along with introduction to sports science.
Interview conducted by Danielle Kobriger, Communications. To nominate someone for the Pioneer Spotlight, contact email@example.com.