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June 17, 2004

Anthony Slaby, Viterbo University, Communications and Marketing -- 608-796-3042 --
Travis Froehlich, WWTC, Marketing and Communications -- 608-785-9890 --


La Crosse, WI -- In a news conference held earlier today at Viterbo University, Western Wisconsin Technical College (WWTC) President Lee Rasch and Viterbo University President Bill Medland announced a new collaborative effort to expand options for students who want to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Through this new partnership, Wisconsin’s first between an independent university and a technical college, WWTC and Viterbo are offering a new Associate of Arts (A.A.) option for students who are interested in continuing their education after completing the two-year degree.

The associate of arts program is starting this fall with a student pilot. An associate of science degree will also be available starting in the spring of 2005.

The program will include a combination of curriculum and courses from WWTC and Viterbo University. The collaboration allows for more flexible class schedules, financial aid and the combined support services of both institutions.

Under the unique arrangement, upon completion of the program, students will be awarded an Associate of Arts degree from Viterbo University.

Students may if they so desire, continue their education at Viterbo and earn a bachelor’s degree or move on to another four-year institution.

“This new partnership continues to build upon the other collaborations we have with WWTC,” said Medland. “Viterbo and WWTC have a history of working well together and combining their respective strengths.”

“Many of our students have indicated a growing intent to continue their education beyond the associate degree level,” said Rasch. “This partnership is our way of listening to our students’ needs and will open up many new doors in their continued pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.”

“This new approach will work well for mature adult students who want to keep their options open,” said Medland.

To learn more about this opportunity or for registration materials, please call 608-785-9834 (WWTC) or 608-796-3370 (Viterbo).

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