NTC Signs Virtual College bachelor's degree partnership with Lakeland College
(Wausau, WI) – Students at Northcentral Technical College (NTC) will now be able to earn their bachelor's degree through a Virtual College partnership with Lakeland College. The partnership allows Virtual College students at NTC to transfer seamlessly into a bachelor's degree program at junior status with a 20 percent tuition discount.
"We are thrilled to provide our Virtual College students with a flexible, cost-effective option to earn their bachelor's degree," said Dr. Lori Weyers, President, NTC. "This collaboration exemplifies a shared commitment to student success between NTC and our partners at Lakeland College."
The first group of Virtual College students at NTC graduated May 2014. The new bachelor's degree partnership with Lakeland College expands flexible learning opportunities for future graduates.
"Lakeland College is pleased to welcome the first students from NTC's Virtual College this spring," said Lakeland College President Dan Eck. "Lakeland has been a pioneer in online education for two decades, and we are always looking for ways to partner with other institutions to offer students affordable access to higher education."
The new partnership allows Virtual College students to have dual enrollment status at both NTC and Lakeland College, resulting in a 20 percent tuition discount.
For information about Virtual College, visit: http://www.ntc.edu/flexible-learning-options/virtual-college.
Lakeland names assistant professor of criminal justice
Lakeland College has named Karin Tusinski Miofsky an assistant professor of criminal justice.
Tusinski Miofsky comes to Lakeland from the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn., where she has been an assistant professor in the criminal justice program since 2011. She previously worked as an assistant professor in the department of criminal justice and criminology at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Mass., for three years.
Her doctoral dissertation is entitled "The Causes and Consequences of Bullying," and she has done research on cyber bullying and gangs. She is the author and co-author of numerous articles, reports and presentations on a wide range of criminal justice topics, with her most recent research investigating the perceptions and consequences of teen "sexting" within local communities.
Tusinski Miofsky received both a doctorate and master's degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a bachelor's in psychology and criminal justice from St. Louis University.
Lakeland, ACUITY and South H.S. team up for computer science program
Lakeland College, ACUITY and Sheboygan South High School have announced a partnership that will provide South students the chance to position themselves for careers in computer science, while helping make college more affordable.
The Information Technology (IT) Pathway community partnership is the latest in a series of pathways being offered at South that allow students to take classes that earn both high school and college credit and get access to work-based learning opportunities with local employers.
The IT Pathway comes at an ideal time for students interested in computer science careers. "In 2014, the top two jobs were in the computer science field as ranked by US News & World Report in their '100 Best Jobs' report" said Sheboygan South High School Principal Mike Trimberger. "South is transforming the high school experience by helping students learn how they might make careers out of their interests. The IT pathway will give our students more academic rigor as well as support them academically, financially, and career-wise."
"ACUITY has made a strong commitment to partnering with public education," said Ben Salzmann, ACUITY President and CEO. "The IT Pathway partnership reflects that commitment and our long history of giving back to the local community."
The IT Pathway curriculum has been jointly developed by South and Lakeland. Students will take South High computer science courses as freshmen, and then will have access to Lakeland College computer science courses in data base basics and programming as sophomores and juniors. As upperclassmen, high school students will have the opportunity to culminate the pathway with internships at ACUITY. Through a combination of Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Advanced Placement (AP), and dual-credit Lakeland College courses, students could earn up to 30 college credits while still in high school, with little cost to parents.
Lakeland's computer science program is led by Assistant Professor Cindy Lindstrom, who came to Lakeland after more than two decades of creating and analyzing technology systems in the corporate world. Enrollment in Lakeland's computer science major has tripled under her leadership, as she works closely with regional employers to create internships and other class experiences that have students working on real-world industry issues.
ACUITY will provide nearly $120,000 over four years, funding the acquisition of Android tablets and Arduino open-source programmable micro controllers, giving South students access to cutting-edge programming tools. The partnership with ACUITY will help South High School stay current with industry standards in computer science, while giving students real-life experiences and connections to the best medium-sized workplace in America.
"By helping provide resources to high school students through the partnership program, and by giving them exposure through rewarding internship opportunities, ACUITY is helping to prepare the next generation of workers in the growing field of technology," added Marcus Knuth, ACUITY's Vice President - Enterprise Technology. "We also hope that when students graduate, they consider ACUITY as a place they want to work because they see the value ACUITY places on education."
Lakeland College President Dan Eck said the IT Pathway directly addresses concerns he hears from local employers.
"Local companies are concerned about the skills gap, and with the Baby Boomer generation reaching retirement age, there are widespread concerns whether there will be enough skilled workers to replace them," Eck said. "Local CEOs have told me they often recruit new employees from other regions to move to our area. After being trained and gaining experience, many of those employees move back to their own home communities."
"These pathway programs are introducing our local students to attractive careers with local employers while they're still in high school. We are all working together to make sure we keep our best talent here at home to live and work and support this community. It also can provide a student with several courses worth of transferrable Lakeland College credit, saving the student thousands of dollars when they enter college."
"This is a valuable partnership between K12 education, higher education and the business community as well as an innovative approach to preparing students for college and careers," said Dr. Joseph Sheehan, Superintendent of the Sheboygan Area School District. "We thank our partners for their commitment to improving opportunities for high school students."
The Information Technology Pathway joins similar programs in healthcare, broadcasting, and education. The Healthcare Pathway is projected to have more than 250 students enrolled in the 2014-15 school year. Soon, South High will also be launching a Manufacturing and Engineering Pathway.
Lakeland names new aviation science instructor
Lakeland College has named Brandon Molina, an accomplished pilot and flight instructor with extensive aviation industry experience, its instructor of aviation science.
Molina comes to Lakeland from Gulfstream Aerospace in Appleton, Wis., where he has been working since 2013 as an engineer for one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the country. He has also served as chief flight instructor with Tailwind Flight Academy.
Prior to coming to Wisconsin, Molina worked for 14 years at Duncan Aviation in Battle Creek, Mich.
He has also worked in higher education, serving as a certified flight instructor at Western Michigan University. Molina has a bachelor’s degree in aviation flight sciences from Western Michigan, and he holds multiple pilot ratings and certifications.
Lakeland welcomes new faculty for 2014-15 academic year
Lakeland College has added two full-time faculty for the 2014-15 academic year. William Ebben has been named associate professor of exercise science and sport studies. Juli Cáceres García has been named assistant professor of Spanish.
Ebben has been teaching and coaching for nearly 20 years, and has a strong record of motivating students to succeed. He comes to Lakeland from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, where he had been an associate professor in the Department of Health, Exercise Science and Sport Management since 2010.
Prior to teaching at UW-Parkside, he was an assistant professor in Marquette University's Department of Physical Therapy/Program in Exercise Science for nine years. He has also taught at Waukesha County Technical College, Concordia University Wisconsin and Northern Michigan University.
He has extensive experience as a strength and conditioning coach, serving as head strength and conditioning coach at Marquette for three years and holding various strength and conditioning roles with the Green Bay Packers, UW-Madison, the United States Olympic Education Center in Marquette, Mich., and the U.S. Luge Association with the Olympic Development Team.
His teaching model includes significant emphasis on engaging students in research. Through his support, his students have become award-winning scholars, and he has co-authored numerous studies and publications with them. He has an active research agenda and is looking forward to bringing Lakeland's students into this model.
He has a doctor of philosophy in exercise science from Marquette, a master of science in exercise science from Northern Michigan, a master of science in social work from UW-Madison and a bachelor's degree in sociology from St. Norbert College.
Cáceres García comes to Lakeland from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he had been an assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures since 2008. Prior to that, he was a teaching associate in the Spanish and Portuguese department at Georgetown University for eight years.
During his time at Georgetown, he earned a doctorate in Spanish literature and cultural studies, a master of science in Spanish and Spanish American literature and cultural studies and a master of arts in communication-culture and technology. He has a bachelor's in English with a concentration in communications from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
A native speaker of Spanish and Catalan, Cáceres García has authored and presented research at numerous conferences, lectures and workshops, and he has won several awards and grants that helped make that research possible. His own research interests include the Spanish language; modern and contemporary peninsular and Latin American film, literature and popular culture; and feminist and gender/queer studies.