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Joyce Philen

Joyce Philen

Transitions Adviser

Contact Information:
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
226 Schofield Hall
Phone: 715.836.3487
Fax: 715.836.4939
e-mail: philenje@uwec.edu

Duties:
I am the advisor for the UWEC/CVTC Transitions program, a new grant funded program to assist CVTC students, while still at CVTC and for when they transfer to UWEC,  transition into UWEC. I act as a resource for students and developed programs to assist them, such as the Mentor/Mentee program, where former CVTC students now at UWEC are paired with CVTC students and new transfer students. The goal is to help CVTC transfer students succeed.

Background:
I was born and raised in Eau Claire but have spent most of my adult life in a small community nearby. After high school I attended one year at UWEC in Early Childhood Education. I then left school (a move that I greatly regretted) but found that I had a burning desire to go back to school to finish my education. I knew that I wanted to work in a helping profession so attended UW- Stout in the Vocational Rehabilitation program, graduating with Bachelor of Science and Master's degrees in Vocational Rehabilitation - Evaluation. I was a non-traditional student when there were limited services available for older students.  I would have benefitted from the programs that we have set up for CVTC transfer students, as I was determined to finish school but had to find my way around on my own.

Following graduate school I worked with several programs designed to assist adults and youth in obtaining training and employment.  In 1988 I started working at Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) as a Job Opportunity and Basic Skills Coordinator, assisting students as they returned to school. My goal was to obtain a job as a CVTC Counselor so I returned to UW Stout to obtain an Education Specialist degree in Guidance and Counseling in 1992. I was fortunate to begin working as a CVTC Counselor at CVTC in 1992.   I was employed at CVTC as a Counselor until I retired in June 2011. In August 2011 an opportunity came for me to work part-time at UWEC, under the new Transitions grant for CVTC students.  I look forward to assisting the transfer students.

Were you undeclared?
No, but taking the time to be undeclared is a good exploration tool for students if they are unsure of their major. They should also take advantage of all the services available to assist them.