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UW-Stout introduces new technology degree program

Targeting working adults, specifically those with degrees from one of Wisconsin's technical colleges, the University of Wisconsin-Stout plans to offer a new degree program in information and communication technologies.

Campus officials say the new degree should be available in the spring 2007 term.

"The apparel and communication technologies department is excited to help the university strengthen our relationship to the Wisconsin Technical College System in creating more opportunities for Wisconsin residents to complete a four-year degree," said Len Bogner, assistant professor of apparel and communication technologies.

The program is a study of technology and applications used to manage process information - particularly in large organizations.

UW-Stout officials say the top 70-high demand industries in the U.S. are in the information-communications technology field and the program is designed in response to state, national and global need for workers in information and communications technologies.

Bogner says that program graduates will be prepared for employment in markets seeking advanced users of information and communication technologies including manufacturers, banks and savings institutions, computer and data processing services, and credit and insurance agencies.

The program will give students the choice of two emphasis areas in networking or media. The majority of the courses will be offered through distance education to meet the needs of nontraditional students.

The program has been developed in close collaboration with Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, which is base in Rice Lake.

While the program was developed to work closely with WITC, Bogner says that UW-Stout is working on agreements with all UW Colleges and the Minnesota State College University system to allow their students to move seamlessly into the program.

According to Bogner the estimated time to complete the program is three years with students taking 6 or 7 credits per semester. The program will be on the school's normal semester timeframe and will not allow for accelerated learning.