(WAUSAU, Wis.) – Northcentral Technical College (NTC) and University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point are pleased to announce a new opportunity for local learners to earn their Associate of Arts and Associate of Science in Liberal Arts. The approval for a new Liberal Arts transfer program between the institutions was granted by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System at its February 11 meeting.
The Liberal Arts degrees prepare students to enter the bachelor’s degree programs at UW-Stevens Point with junior status. Students transferring to UW-Stevens Point will meet the General Education requirements of UW-Stevens Point. Courses will be offered in a variety of modalities to meet learner needs.
“We know that NTC students desire to transfer to UW-Stevens Point and we are thrilled to be able to provide this seamless pathway for them,” said NTC President Dr. Jeannie Worden. “This agreement ensures learners have the opportunity to obtain their baccalaureate degree locally and local employers have access to the skilled workforce they need.”
“Students are the clear winners with these partnerships,” said UW-Stevens Point Chancellor Dr. Thomas Gibson. “Each of our institutions has an important role in our communities. As strong partners in our communities’ success, UW-Stevens Point and NTC are committed to meeting the needs of our students and their families and enhancing opportunities for all residents.”
Working collaboratively, UW-Stevens Point and NTC will provide affordable, accessible pathways to bachelor’s degrees while positively contributing to Wisconsin’s statewide attainment goal for 60% of Wisconsin adults to hold a postsecondary credential by 2027. The collaborative degree program contains elements designed to focus on career pathways and to enhance student success.
“Access to an on-site UW-Stevens Point adviser is an added value that will help NTC students get further faster toward their degree progress, either immediately or down the road,” noted Chancellor Gibson. “It will make the transition smoother to UW-Stevens Point campuses in Wausau, Marshfield or Stevens Point to complete a bachelor’s degree.”
The partnership benefits the entire region by creating additional avenues for residents to pursue careers without leaving north central Wisconsin. Students seeking to start or advance their careers now have more options close to home.
“We recognize that current NTC students and NTC alumni will benefit from this partnership,” said President Worden. “As Wisconsin’s employers continually demand a better educated, more nimble workforce that can adapt to changing demands, we are excited to partner with UW-Stevens Point to provide educational opportunities that retain talent in north central Wisconsin and support our local economy.
About Northcentral Technical College
Northcentral Technical College (www.ntc.edu) is north central Wisconsin's premier two-year college of choice and is a resource for all District residents. It provides individuals, organizations and businesses with quality skills training in a wide range of programs designed to build a competitive, technologically advanced workforce in today's rapidly changing global environment. NTC has six convenient campus locations in Wausau, Antigo, Medford, Phillips, Spencer, and Wittenberg, as well as a Public Safety Center of Excellence in Merrill, a Wood Technology Center of Excellence in Antigo and an Agriculture Center of Excellence just north of the Wausau Campus in the Village of Maine. The Wausau Campus also features a Center for Health Sciences, Center for Business & Industry, Information Technology & Entrepreneurial Center (iTEC), STEM Center, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center of Excellence, SPOONS restaurant, Studio Max Salon + Spa and a Center for Geriatric Education.
About University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Founded in 1894 as a teacher’s college, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is one of 13 comprehensive universities in the UW System. Campuses in three convenient central Wisconsin locations – Stevens Point, Wausau and Marshfield – offer inspiring professors, dynamic programs and diverse opportunities that help students discover their purpose, all at an affordable price. Students choose from more than 100 undergraduate and 16 graduate programs, including doctorates in audiology and educational sustainability. UW-Stevens Point offers a welcoming, supportive atmosphere focused on student success. It is consistently named among the top Public Midwestern Universities in the U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings. For more, visit www.uwsp.edu.