UWP joins higher education consortium

June 18, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - The University of Wisconsin-Platteville has recently joined the Southern Wisconsin Association for Continuing Higher Education (SWACHE). This consortium consists of eight accredited southern Wisconsin colleges and universities united to increase awareness of educational opportunities available for working adults. In addition to UWP, other SWACHE member institutions include Capella University, Cardinal Stritch, Edgewood College, Lakeland College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Phoenix Online and Upper Iowa University.

SWACHE organizes and provides comprehensive education fairs at companies that promote continued education opportunities for their employees. Education fairs offer employees the opportunity to learn about member institutions and speak face-to-face with a representative from each school. SWACHE is also interested in presenting information to the general public about accredited, business-related higher education opportunities for working adults.

According to Darla Banfi, marketing coordinator for distance education at UWP, "Membership in this consortium has allowed us to participate as a group in several successful education fairs at companies in the Madison area. In our first six months we were present at education fairs at MATC, Viasys Nicolet, Unity Health Insurance, Cuna Mutual, Covance, and the Wisconsin Association of Black Public Sector Employees (WABPSE) Conference.

"There is good camaraderie among the member schools. We are aware of each other's program array, and if we don't have a particular program that is right for the prospective student, we refer him or her to other SWACHE member institutions. SWACHE will have a table at the farmers' market in Madison and at events such as Celebrate Madison, Juneteenth, Africa Fest and Triangle Fest. I'm looking forward to these summer events and the education fairs we have planned for the fall semester."

To learn more about SWACHE, please visit www.swache.org for links to member institutions and for e-mail addresses of individual college and university representatives. To request a customized education fair, contact Darla Banfi, Marketing Coordinator, UW-Platteville Distance Education, at distmarket@uwplatt.edu or at 800.362.5460.

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