Educational Access & Innovation

From creating flexible learning options for busy adults and making an excellent college education affordable to improving rural access to broadband and providing free books and better classroom resources for our children, UW Colleges and UW-Extension are helping every kind of Wisconsin learner achieve more.

95%
of students are Wisconsin residents
57%
are first generation college students
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EDUCATIONAL ACCESS & INNOVATION IMPACT STORIES SUBMITTED 471

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Emma H

Dane County 4-H and Cambridge 4-H has encouraged me to take STEM projects I probably would have never tried. In the last 8 years, I have enjoyed projected in Aerospace, Computers and Robotics.


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Weeden B

UW-Marathon County laid the foundation for my training to be a future physician. I began my college career at UWMC.


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Aaron F

I began my college education at UW-Marathon County, fresh out of a local high school. It was an opportunity to reduce tuition cost and get a great start on my education. Little did I know that UWMC would also be my educational capstone.


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Amy K

I chose to attend UW-Manitowoc because I could save money by living at home while keeping my two part-time jobs. The small class sizes and one-on-one attention from exceptional instructors helped me excel. After earning a B.S. in Chemistry from Carroll University and a Ph.D.


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Ellen W

I began classes at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County in the Spring Semester of 2010. I had no previous college credits and I was in my 40's.


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Carla L

During college, I started working as a nursing assistant and loved it, and that's what prompted me to eventually pursue nursing. With the trend in nursing right now, if I were ever to move out of the state or even change institutions, I would need a BSN to be competitive in the hiring process.


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Lori K

Earning a bachelor's degree in nursing never appealed to me before because with work and family, I was too busy. My work hours fluctuated between days and nights. I needed something that was flexible enough to work with my life. I'm motivated, and I like doing things on my own.


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Jennifer B

I started at UW-Washington County in 1991. I was a new graduate who was working full time to support my educational pursuits. The community of educators and administrators at UWWC was exceptional - and encouraged me to further academic pursuits. I'm still in touch with some of them.


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Kelsey P

I started my Associates in Science at UW-Richland as a homeschool graduate at 17. I was lucky to form a wonderful relationship with my geology professor and advisor, who immediately started me on a research project that would eventually turn into my MSc research project.


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