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UW-Marshfield/Wood County to offer Bachelor’s degree

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Students in Wood County who want to continue their education will soon have a new option. They'll be able to earn their Bachelor's degree in Applied Arts and Sciences at UW-Marshfield/Wood County this fall.

"I think this is just an amazing opportunity for us as a campus and for the community as a whole," said UW-Marshfield/Wood County Dean Patricia Stuhr.

The degree is offered through the UW-College System and will be focused on community health and wellness.

"We've done our legwork in the community to find out where the greatest needs are," said Stuhr.

The Bachelor's program is offered in a partnership with UW-Stevens Point. It's aimed specifically at people who already have their Associate's degree. Students will be able to take classes online or traveling professors will come to campus to conduct them.

"I have a feeling that we will have a number of students that are in our first two-year program who will transfer into the four-year program," said Stuhr.

Katie Weinfurter is a sophomore at UW-Marshfield/Wood County. She said the degree gives students more options closer to home.

"It gives them the choice, you know, if they don't want to move away from home, and they want to stay here and keep their job and friends and stuff like that, they can," said Weinfurter.

Weinfurter said she's considering UW-Marshfield/Wood County's new four-year option.

"Being able to stay here at Marshfield where I know I get such a high quality education at such an affordable price, I can't beat it," said Weinfurter.

College officials said they hope to add Bachelor's degree options in other fields in the future, and they expect about 30 students to enroll in the program this fall.

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