Madison College and UW-Platteville Streamline Transfer Opportunities for Technical Education Students

Madison College students working in Fort Atkinson's metal fabrication facility

Madison College and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently signed a new articulation agreement that will streamline the path for transfer students to pursue a technical education degree.

Students who complete Madison College's Education Pre-Major Technical Education program can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science in technology and engineering education at UW-Platteville, under the new agreement.

Students who meet certain qualifications, including achieving a cumulative GPA of 2.750 or higher in Madison College's pre-major program will be guaranteed admission to UW-Platteville's highly regarded School of Education.

It’s a continuation of a long-running and mutually beneficial partnership between the college and the university. Randy Way, associate dean of Madison College’s School of Engineering, Science, and Mathematics, says it is an extraordinary opportunity for students and the community.

Madison College mathematics instructor Karena Curtis, social science department chair Penny Johnson, and mechanical design tech program director Ryan Ubersox led the college’s effort.

"As a technical college engaged in preparing the next generation of builders, makers, and fixers, high school Technology Education teachers are among our most important partners,” Way says. “This agreement gives us a way to contribute to the cultivation of the people who will serve in these critical roles."

The partnership between the two schools is long overdue, says UW-Platteville technology education coordinator Duane Elfering.

In Wisconsin, high school seniors who have demonstrated excellence in technical education subjects are eligible for Technical Excellence Scholarships. These scholarships can only be used at Wisconsin Technical College System schools. Elfering said this partnership creates a streamlined path for students interested in technology education.

"By taking this route, students will be well-rounded and highly qualified upon graduation, benefiting UW-Platteville, Madison College, and the graduate,” Elfering says. "This approach is a win-win-win situation as it offers an additional means of getting more teachers into the pipeline for a successful and rewarding career, which is especially critical given the current shortage of qualified technology and engineering teachers."