UW-Platteville, NICC sign articulation agreement

August 28, 2013
UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis J. Shields and NICC President Dr. Liang Chee Wee

PLATTEVILLE­­­, Wis. — Top administrators at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Northeast Iowa Community College signed an articulation agreement Aug. 27, that would allow early childhood program class credits from NICC to transfer to UW-Platteville.

UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis J. Shields, College of Liberal Arts and Education Dean Elizabeth A. Throop, NICC President Dr. Liang Chee Wee and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Kathleen Nacos-Burds put their names to the official documents at the NICC Town Clock Center for Professional Development in Dubuque, Iowa.

“It is important for us to recognize the fine efforts and very important work that community colleges and technical colleges do in preparing students to move on in higher education,” Chancellor Shields said at the signing ceremony. “Today, we further strengthen our collaboration and good relations with Northeast Iowa Community College and help to provide local residents in making their college dreams a reality.”

Wee highlighted the influence education has on individuals, their families and the entire community. “The bottom line at NICC is that we impact community vitality – one person, one family and one community at a time,” he said. “Education does not have a stopping point. Students will start at NICC and go on to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. This agreement is about what we’re doing to facilitate students’ educational progression.”

Seven NICC early childhood classes may count for UW-Platteville credits, allowing students to begin their progression towards a bachelor’s degree while enrolled at NICC.

UW-Platteville currently has 16 articulation agreements in place in Wisconsin, 15 in Iowa and 48 in Illinois. There are more than 500 students on the UW-Platteville campus who began their secondary education somewhere else. Of those 500, 137 earned associate degrees from one of those 76 two-year colleges of which the university has as articulation agreement.

Founded in 1866, UW-Platteville has a longstanding tradition of academic excellence; it is one of the oldest institutions in Wisconsin. Originally established in education and mining, UW-Platteville today offers academic programs across a broad spectrum of disciplines, with particular strengths in agriculture, biology, business, criminal justice, education, engineering and industrial technology. With current enrollment of over 8,600 students, UW-Platteville is the fastest-growing public university in Wisconsin and is also among the most affordable in the state.

Northeast Iowa Community College is a public, tax-supported, two-year educational institution serving eight counties in northeast Iowa. Founded in 1966, NICC offers credit and non-credit academic programming in a variety of fields on campuses in Calmar and Peosta, and at centers located in Cresco, Dubuque, Manchester, Oelwein and Waukon. Approximately 5,000 students enroll at NICC every fall in more than 90 credit degree, diploma and certificate programs.

Written by: Paul Erickson, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, ericksop@uwplatt.edu, and by Douglas Ropa, Northeast Iowa Community College, (563) 565-5110, ext. 298, ropad@nicc.edu


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