EAU CLAIRE A formal partnership agreement to improve educational services in the Chippewa Valley was signed Wednesday by the chief executive officers of University of Wisconsin-Stout, the Chippewa Valley Technical College and UW-Eau Claire.
CVTC President Bill Ihlenfeldt, UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Donald Mash, and UW-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen endorsed the pact during a ceremony at CVTC's Manufacturing and Technology Center. The agreement calls for innovative ways for the institutions to work together to focus on learning, to maximize service to the region and minimize costs. It also recognizes the changing labor market and the need for a "seamless approach to work force development" in which credit more easily transfers among institutions.
The partnership has a model with the following elements:
• Developing collaborative, state-of-the-art curricula to meet the education and training of the Chippewa Valley work force.
• Pursuing enhanced transfer of credit among the three institutions.
• Addressing and refining cooperative, complementary partnerships and procedures to hasten and advance work force development opportunities.
"It is important to work together more formally to produce better results for the Chippewa Valley and Wisconsin," said Chancellor Donald J. Mash, UW-Eau Claire. "We believe this partnership will focus our individual strengths and create complementary ways to deliver the education and training needed to meet today's work force challenges."
"This agreement underscores how the distinct educational missions of our three institutions have an extremely positive impact on the region," said UW-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen. "It also recognizes how effective we have been in working cooperatively to the benefit of West Central Wisconsin."
"We all realize that a qualified work force is essential to retain and attract business to this region," said Bill Ihlenfeldt, president of the Chippewa Valley Technical College. "We are also keenly aware that students may need the educational services of any of our three institutions during their career. This agreement will create more flexibility and opportunity for students and employers as they attempt to meet their ongoing educational work force needs."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 29, 2000