Student remains steadfast

October 16, 2013

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Dave Wilhelmi

It happens often: progress toward a bachelor’s degree is interrupted – for years.

Dave Wilhelmi, like other returning students, understands the value of completing the degree.

“Realistically, to get a job in today’s world, you have to have a degree. Most employment applications are now online, so if you can’t check the box that indicates you have a degree, your application will be ignored,” Dave said.

After three years of campus-based classes, Dave left UW-Platteville in 1981 to pursue careers in radio and retail. He eventually went to work for WyoTech, an educational institution that offers career training in construction trades and transportation technology.

“Working for an education company, it’s important that I get a degree. I would need it to move into a director’s position.”

As manager of student finance, Dave worked with students as they completed the FAFSA and related financial aid materials. However, recent restructuring has put Dave into the job-seeking category. Fortunately, back in 2007, Dave took advantage of WyoTech’s tuition reimbursement program and began coursework at UW- Platteville Online to complete his bachelor’s degree. He plans to graduate in December.

Dave values the connections he’s made with fellow classmates and attends UW-Platteville alumni events in his home state of Arizona. He remains connected to Wisconsin by traveling to visit family. In his free time, he enjoys golf and baseball. His favorite team is the Milwaukee Brewers. He’s also one of the owners of the Green Bay Packers and attends Packer games played in Phoenix.

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