New Moraine Park agreement makes credit transfer easier

by jurben14. December 2006 19:00

Students at Moraine Park Technical College have an additional transfer option with the signing of a general studies transfer agreement with the University of Wisconsin schools in Green Bay and Oshkosh. The agreement, which includes three other technical colleges in Northeast Wisconsin, was announced on Dec. 14 at the New North’s third annual Northeast Wisconsin Economic Development Summit in Manitowoc.

“One of the major concerns of our taxpayers has been the transferability of credits,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “In addition, our students come to us with a wide variety of career goals so we are constantly working to provide them with new options for continuing their education. For these reasons we are very proud to announce this new credit transfer opportunity which is the result of a regional partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB), the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (UWO) and the four regional technical colleges – Moraine Park, Fox Valley, Lakeshore and Northeast Wisconsin. Through this agreement, students will be able to earn

32 credits in general studies and transfer those credits directly into UWGB and UWO. This is just one example of how new regional collaborations can be beneficial to the technical colleges, the universities and, most of all, our students.”

“This agreement reflects our institutions’ commitment to working together for the benefit of our region and its citizens,” said Bruce Shepard, UWGB chancellor. “A more seamless system of higher education builds brighter futures for all of us who are proudly a part of the New North region.” New North is a collaboration of 18 counties committed to shared goals of job growth, economic vitality and a high quality of life.

According to Raj Pathare, Moraine Park’s executive dean of general education and basic education, the transfer agreement means general studies courses students take at Moraine Park will transfer to the two universities, satisfying their specific general studies requirements and making students eligible for sophomore status at the universities.

There are several benefits of the transfer agreement. “If students need more flexibility, are short of credits, are undecided about their major or if they desire to transfer to a four-year college, then this General Studies Transfer Certificate is the answer,” said Pathare.

The credit transfer agreement meets the needs of bachelor's degree-seeking students, said Daniel Ensalaco, Moraine Park’s vice president of academics and economic development. “Since courses at Moraine Park are typically less expensive than the UW System and since Moraine Park is a non-residential college, students can reduce their overall educational costs and, for many, their educational debt,” he said.

In addition to the new general studies agreement, Moraine Park has program-to-program transfer agreements with private four-year colleges in which certain Moraine Park associate degree programs can be articulated toward a bachelor’s degree. Moraine Park also has program-to-program transfer agreements with 10 of the universities within the University of Wisconsin System. Moraine Park also has many general studies courses articulation agreements with four-year private colleges such as Marian College and Milwaukee School of Engineering, as well as out-of-state institutions and online universities.

For more information about Moraine Park’s credit transfer agreements, contact the admissions specialists at

each Moraine Park campus: (920) 887-4425 in Beaver Dam; (920) 924-6379 or (920) 924-6398 in Fond du Lac; and

(920) 335-5877 in West Bend. Those in other areas may call (800) 472-4554.

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