Officials from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Northeast Iowa Community College met on Friday, Aug. 27, to sign articulation agreements that will streamline transfer opportunities for students.
Graduates of a two-year Associate of Arts business degree or an Associate of Applied Science degree in select industrial technology programs from NICC may seamlessly transfer their credits to UW-Platteville to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration or industrial studies. While articulation agreements between the two institutions have been in place for years, officials say these newly revised agreements will better streamline the transfer process, encouraging more students to pursue their bachelor’s degree.
“NICC and UW-Platteville each play important roles in strengthening the pipeline of talent in the tri-state area and help meet the ever-changing needs of our workforce,” said UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis J. Shields. “Students, regional employers and our institutions all benefit when students are given clearer pathways towards actualizing their educational and professional goals. Collaborations such as these allow us to provide those students with ease of access to the best possible academic outcomes and experiences.”
Northeast Iowa Community College President Liang Chee Wee believes the new agreements will allow greater opportunities for students to earn a four-year degree locally, while also addressing skilled workforce needs in the tri-state area.
“The intent of this partnership is to improve lives, drive business success and enhance community vitality. Our agreement re-affirms the commitment from NICC and UW-Platteville in facilitating a smoother pathway for students to gain in-demand education and training in order to prime the workforce pipeline in support of our regional business and industry,” President Wee stated.
Last fall, UW-Platteville launched six new undergraduate majors in management, finance, human resources, marketing, supply chain management and professional sales—all majors that were previously emphasis areas under the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. The new articulation agreement with NICC provides a detailed transfer map for students to enroll in any of these six Bachelor of Business Administration programs at UW-Platteville upon earning their Associate of Arts degree at NICC.
The second articulation agreement will create a transfer pathway for NICC students who successfully complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology, Engineering Technology, Industrial Electrician, Industrial Maintenance Technician, and/or John Deere TECH. Graduates may transfer their credits to UW-Platteville to earn a bachelor's degree in industrial technology management.
UW-Platteville, founded in 1866 and located in Southwest Wisconsin, is home to more than 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to the Platteville campus, the university has branch campuses in Richland Center and Baraboo, Wisconsin. In 2020, UW-Platteville was named the best public institution in Wisconsin for annual return on investment for the fifth consecutive year by Payscale. For more information on the university, visit www.uwplatt.edu.
About Northeast Iowa Community College
Northeast Iowa Community College serves eight counties in Northeast Iowa and surrounding areas. Offering academic programs of study in a variety of disciplines, in addition to online and blended learning, customized business and industry training, short-term certification options and adult education and literacy, the College is committed to affordable, high-quality education and training to ensure the growth and vitality of Northeast Iowa. For more information visit www.nicc.edu.