Wisconsin businesses are growing, and five key industries in particular are driving innovation and advancement in their sectors – and effectively shaping Wisconsin’s future and job market: biotechnology, energy, food production, manufacturing and water technology.
A recent announcement from the UW System reveals the top three career fields in Wisconsin through 2024: STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), Business and Entrepreneurship and Healthcare.
While demand in these fields span nationwide, Wisconsin is home to multiple large-scale employers and suppliers in each of these industries, making the state a hotbed for careers.
Q&A with Chad Zahrt, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Operations, UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies
IT talent is in increasingly high demand. As the IT field has grown, the UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies has remained cutting edge in their delivery of IT curriculum. Chad Zahrt, assistant dean for Academic Affairs and Operations at the School of Information Studies, talks about the latest academic innovation: the UW Flexible Option. The program’s competency-based format allows adults to earn degrees at their own pace—using current knowledge and experience to progress toward their bachelor’s degree. This innovative format has helped IT professionals in the field save time and money. You can learn more about Dean Zahrt and the Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Technology (IST) by watching this video.
Deciding to go back to school is a big decision, and you want to make sure you choose a program that’s right for you. That’s why summer is the perfect time to try the UW Flexible Option. In the span of a summer, you could be on your way to earning your bachelor’s degree or certificate. Here are three things to consider before you dip your toes in the water.
The most popular degree among American college students—a business degree—may also be the most versatile choice available for those re-entering the workforce. The UW Flexible Option offers a realistic option for adults in the workforce who are often balancing their education with work, family and other responsibilities.
We’ve all wondered, is it true what they say about Google’s employee perks?
“Yes, it’s all true,” laughs Jamie Dear. “Everything you’ve ever read about the amazing perks at Google is true.” Jamie is a IT Resident at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. He’s also an alumnus of a UW Flexible Option program. In 2016, at age 26, Jamie graduated from UW-Milwaukee with his Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Technology by completing the degree in the self-paced online UW Flexible Option format.
A day in the life of a nurse can be both overwhelming and rewarding at the same time. A typical day might involve caring for a patient before, during, and after surgery, learning about new medications, and communicating with staff at every level. Add the stress of higher education standards in the nursing profession, and it’s easy to understand why nurses often find it challenging to live a balanced lifestyle. For busy nurses like Carla Lundeen and Lori Kenyon, fitting education into their hectic schedules would be a challenge in a traditional campus or online setting. Instead, nurses in Wisconsin and Illinois are finding the self-paced UW Flexible Option a welcome solution.
Registered nurses in Illinois now have a more flexible option to meet the growing demand for nurses with bachelor’s degrees. The University of Wisconsin Flexible Option has begun to admit registered nurses licensed in Illinois to its competency-based education program. The format enables busy registered nurses to save time and money by applying the knowledge and experience they already have.
Melissa Haberman joined UW Flexible Option as director of financial aid in July. She’s a proud alumna of two University of Wisconsin System campuses, having earned her graduate degree online through UW-La Crosse and her bachelor’s degree from UW-Milwaukee. Melissa served as president of the Wisconsin Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA) from 2013 to 2014.
Laurie Kobor is a student in the UW Flexible Option Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. She is also a registered nurse (RN) and has dedicated her time as a volunteer nurse at the Health Care Network (HCN) in Racine, Wis. for the last four years. Her drive to help those less fortunate in her community has led to her receiving the Molina Healthcare Community Champions award granted to “unsung heroes.”