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New, seamless transfer opportunity between WITC and Northland College

(7/27/2015): Early childhood education graduates of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College will now be able to seamlessly transfer into Northland College’s elementary education bachelor degree program.

The new articulation agreement between the Wisconsin Technical College System and Northland College will take effect fall 2015. The agreement will facilitate the seamless transfer of college credits earned through any WTCS early childhood education associate degree program into Northland College’s elementary education program to earn a bachelor’s degree.

The challenges facing prospective students right now are access and affordability said Laura Wassenaar, divisional dean of family and consumer services at WITC. “Students trying to be more savvy planners with time and money can get the best of both worlds with this agreement,” added Wassenaar. “Students can complete two years with WITC and transfer to Northland and receive a valuable and unique educational experience with each location.”

A $2,000 scholarship will be provided to qualifying students who choose to move on to the bachelor’s program with Northland College, which covers testing, license application, background check and travel expenses.

“With this agreement, it will only take me two additional years to receive my bachelor’s degree,” said Sydney Kasper, WITC alumnus and elementary education student at Northland College. “In transferring to Northland from WITC, my minor of early childhood education is complete. Now I only have to work toward my major of elementary education, pre-k through 6th.”

With a 98% employment rate for the teacher education major at Northland College, there are guaranteed jobs in the early childhood education industry, according to Annette Nelson, education department chair and associate professor of teacher education at Northland College.
“Local families cannot find early childhood care,” said Nelson. “The need is greater than ever in rural Wisconsin for early childhood educators as the field continues to evolve.”

The Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education recently awarded Northland College a Model of Excellence Award for its clinical residency program. Implementing a mix of practical and theoretical instruction, Northland College created a concentrated block system where education students spend Monday and Tuesdays in regional classrooms and Wednesdays and Thursdays on campus. “This intensive, focused clinical program places Northland graduates at the top of the resume pile when applying for teaching positions,” said Nelson.

“WITC did a superb job at teaching me information that will help my profession and my continuing education at Northland College,” said Kasper. “Because of the small class sizes at WITC, the setting provided a great opportunity for me to really connect with my instructors and colleagues. I am very happy that Northland offers small class sizes very similar to WITC.”

The application to Northland College is free and once admitted, students must meet the degree and teacher licensure requirements as stated in the catalog in effect at the time of admission to Northland College.

For more information please contact Annette Nelson at 715.682.1673 or by email at anelson@northland.edu.

Ranked fourth best two-year college in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine, WITC serves the educational and career needs of more than 25,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, WITC offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized business training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. WITC is a member of Wisconsin Technical College System and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For more information, call 800.243.WITC or visit witc.edu. WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator.

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