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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Fred Waedt to Assist Companies
With Work Force Development
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MAILED: Feb. 18, 2000

EAU CLAIRE — In order to forge a stronger link with businesses in the region, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has appointed a veteran member of the College of Business staff to serve as a regional liaison for work force development.
Fred Waedt, senior lecturer in accounting and finance and former assistant dean of executive and professional programs for the College of Business, will work directly with regional employers to promote the university's educational services such as credit courses, faculty research and internships.
"Fred's appointment as work force development liaison is part of our attempt to be more responsive and interactive with businesses in the region," Chancellor Donald Mash said.
Waedt said he will work to connect the university's expertise with the local business community, something he has 20 years of experience doing. For example, he is currently helping a local company that is looking for specific training in the area of project management.
"We have a lot of resources at this university — credit and noncredit courses, research, applied research and faculty experts — and I will be helping local businesses connect with what they need related to education," he said.
Waedt's new role goes hand in hand with his current role as a teacher and as the coordinator for the National Technological University community site. NTU is a consortium of more than 50 universities that offer master's-level and noncredit courses via satellite communication. Master's-level courses and noncredit courses are offered to managers, engineers and technical professionals around the Chippewa Valley. UW-Eau Claire is a receive site for NTU's offerings.
Before the NTU collaboration the closest locations where people in the Chippewa Valley could enroll in engineering courses were the University of Minnesota or UW-Madison. As NTU coordinator, Waedt works with area employers to provide NTU courses and programs and serves on the NTU coordinating committee with members from Xerox, Hewlett Packard, UW-Madison, IBM and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: Feb. 18, 2000