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TIP SHEET   Week of Sept. 8, 2003
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
Many of the
students who completed UW-Eau Claire’s pilot “Fast Track” alternative teacher certification program in the spring are starting their teaching careers this fall. The program allowed nontraditional students who have bachelor’s degrees in certifiable areas to earn their teacher certification by completing the three-semester program. The School of Education created the program to help people with non-education degrees in certain subject areas become certified so they can teach in middle schools and high schools. Faculty say those who enrolled in the program had exceptional content knowledge and great life experiences, which they can now bring into classrooms. The 18 students in the pilot program were interested in teaching in areas where there are demands for teachers, such as English and the sciences. Steve Wisner, who has a master’s degree in English from UW-Eau Claire, quit his full-time job to participate in the program so he could pursue a teaching career. This fall he began teaching English at Chippewa Falls High School. Wisner is available to talk with the media about the program and his new career in teaching. You can contact him at (715) 832-3252. Dr. Susan Mc Intyre, chair of the curriculum and instruction department, also is available to talk about the “Fast Track” program. You can contact Mc Intyre at (715) 836-4213 or

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Representatives from campus and community organizations and programs will be on campus from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, to help make the campus community aware of volunteer opportunities throughout the Chippewa Valley. The Community Action Day and Service-Learning Fair will be held in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. For more information about the event, contact Paula Stuettgen at (715) 836-4803 or

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U.S. Army will have its Interactive Event Tour on upper campus throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 8 and 9. The mobile tour will give students a chance to participate in interactive activities. For example, the tour includes a rock climbing wall, a motion simulator ride that simulates an action adventure and a parachute simulator. For more information, contact Staff Sgt. Eric Rasmussen at (715) 834-8141.

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Updated: September 8, 2003