MAILED: Feb. 9, 2001
After months of planning, design, construction and, of course, lots of packing and unpacking, 210 Water St. now is home base for the nearly 20 permanent staff members who make up University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education. The 6,000-square-foot center, formerly the Peddler's Cottage and Kinko's, creates a consolidated environment for the newly merged Continuing Education unit.
The new unit, which was formed in July 2000, is the result of the merger of several existing outreach services into a centralized community outreach unit. The services involved in the merger are Arts and Sciences Continuing Education; College of Business Outreach, including the Small Business Development Center; Education Outreach; School of Human Sciences and Services Outreach; and Continuing Education in Nursing.
Initially, the new Continuing Education unit was to be housed in two locations: 210 Water St. and the Human Sciences and Services building. However, when the former Kinko's site at 212 Water St. became available, all the outreach services were able to relocate to the same facility.
We were thrilled that things worked out the way they did, said Sue Moore, interim director of Continuing Education. Being in one location is much more convenient, not only for our staff, but for the area businesses, residents and students we serve.
UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, which operates under the motto Excellence in Action, develops and delivers programs that increase professional competencies and strengthen the economy by addressing the lifelong learning needs of area community members.
The training and education needs of the community members in our region continue to change and fluctuate. We are committed to responding to these needs with the appropriate educational tools and technologies, Moore said, adding that eventually they want to be able to provide distance education from the center.
The five outreach services made the transition to the remodeled Water Street facility in stages. The staff began the laborious process in early November 2000 and completed the move over the holidays.
The center contains 10 walled offices; a large workroom for preparing and compiling program materials; a large conference/classroom; storage space; and approximately 10 panel system workstations with another half dozen to be added.
Overall, other than all the little things that you would expect with a project of this size, it went relatively smoothly, Moore said. People are finally getting settled in and it feels like a real university facility.
The Continuing Education center's first regularly scheduled class to be held at the new site, a script-writing course with professor emeritus Wil Denson, is set for March 6. For more information about this class or other Continuing Education programs and services, call (715) 836-3636.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Feb. 10, 2001