University, WITC partner on B.S. in management flexible degree

Hybrid classes to support high potential employees
UW-Stout and WITC are partnering to bring an innovative approach to a targeted educational degree that pairs a technical degree in Leadership Management within a Bachelor of Science in management.
August 13, 2020

University of Wisconsin-Stout and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College are partnering to bring an innovative approach to deliver a targeted educational degree that pairs a complementing technical diploma in Leadership Essentials within a Bachelor of Science in management.

Stout logoThe B.S. in management flexible cohort offers accelerated eight-week hybrid classes for core coursework and 16-week online courses for concentration coursework, as well as accelerated eight-week Your Choice courses from WITC.

This degree completion program, beginning in early October, can be accomplished in seven consecutive terms.

The hybrid courses meet the second weekend of the month on Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hybrid courses meet in-person at UW-Stout for the first and last term of the flexible cohort program.  Hybrid courses for all other terms meet in person at the WITC New Richmond campus.

“This is a true partnership between UW-Stout and WITC with our commitment to change how we support the educational development of high potential employees in northwest Wisconsin businesses,” said Renee Surdick, UW-Stout assistant professor and B.S. in management program director. “We will work with students to support their advancement with integrated, robust degree completion that embraces in-person with online learning methods.”

WITC logoThe fast-track, flexible cohort embraces credits for prior learning, workplace experience, certificates and credentials students have acquired through their careers. It also allows for students to step out for a semester when workloads increase, or family commitments arise and return to pick up the program.

The customized instruction, degree-completion program prepares students with progressive career experience to advance in management and leadership positions across a wide range of business and manufacturing industries.

Some of the benefits and opportunities include:

  • Transfer-friendly degree
  • Opportunity to earn credits for work experience
  • Education infused with applied industry experience
  • Preparation for management and leadership challenges within midlevel career positions
  • Build on education and add additional experience through an optional stretch internship with current employers
  • Faculty-led travel abroad option used toward degree requirements
  • Additional options for earning credits
  • Guidance with transferability for organizationally based, self-paced online coursework for additional credit cost savings
  • Lifelong professional networking bonds

Management degree courses offered through WITC use the Your Choice delivery method, which allows flexibility in completing coursework with classroom-based instruction including web conferencing, online instruction or a combination.

Renee SurdickCandidates for admission to the program for the fast track flexible cohort should have progressive career experience, accumulated college credits, or an associate degree in arts or associate in science in a technical field. Incoming students without an associate degree can earn WITC’s Leadership Development or Nonprofit Leadership Associate Degree or an alternate business-related degree.

Upon acceptance to UW-Stout, B.S. in management students will receive a breakdown of how their transfer credits are applied. Requirements not satisfied through transfer will need to be completed to earn the degree. 

Students will also have the option to concentrate at UW-Stout in business management, facilities operation management, human resources management, operations management, project management, quality management, risk control and safety management and supply chain management. 

For more information contact Surdick, 715-232-1372,  or WITC instructor Peter Ptacek, 715-246-6561, ext. 4243..



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