Leaders from two Janesville-area colleges signed a transfer agreement Monday, April 25, formalizing a collaboration that will help more students complete four-year degrees quickly and affordably. The program-to-program articulation agreement between University of Wisconsin Colleges/UW-Rock County and Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) assures acceptance of any BTC graduate with an associate degree or an applied associate degree into the UW Colleges Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree completion program.
“These sorts of collaborations are especially important right now,” said UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen. “We believe very strongly in providing flexible pathways to degrees and good jobs for students. This transfer agreement is designed for working and non-traditional students, and provides them with education and training pertinent to their work and their world.”
The articulation agreement comes after many years of informal partnerships between the institutions. For BTC, the agreement continues a longstanding commitment to working with UW Colleges and creates clear markers for students hoping to continue their education, according to BTC Vice President of Student Services Edward Robinson. “This agreement ensures that students understand which courses will transfer into UW Colleges,” said Robinson. “It provides a guide for students who are considering a four-year degree and encourages them to consider attaining it through UW Colleges.” The degree program may even attract the attention of area high school students just beginning to think about their post-secondary education, especially those hoping to complete a bachelor’s degree in the Rock County area.
“When high school advisors talk to students, they can now say there’s a four-year campus in Rock County,” said UW Colleges Southwest Region Executive Officer and Dean Charles C. Clark. “This partnership is another great option for area students considering their next steps for higher education.”
Clark, Sandeen and UW Colleges Provost Greg Lampe signed the agreement on behalf of UW Colleges and UW-Rock County. President Thomas Eckert and Vice President of Learning Diane Nyhammer represented BTC. Wisconsin State Senator Steve Nass, State Senator Janis Ringhand, State Representative Mark Spreitzer, State Representative Debra Kolste and Janesville City Manager Mark Freitag attended the signing.
The University of Wisconsin Colleges is an institution of the University of Wisconsin System comprised of 13 freshman-sophomore campuses and UW Colleges Online. It offers an Associate of Arts and Science degree and a single Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree, and prepares students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs. Information is available at: http://www.uwc.edu/.