A college degree is important for many reasons. It can open professional doors, provide new skills, and make you more competitive in a cutthroat job market. But sometimes it’s about more than climbing the ladder. For Susan Schaffer, a student in the University of Wisconsin’s Bachelor of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership and Communication online program, earning her degree was about finishing what she started when she was 17.
Life has an interesting way of changing your best-laid plans. A few years ago, Aaron Tessendorf was headed to chiropractic school. But a broken wrist helped fracture those plans, and Tessendorf found himself mapping out a different path – one that put him on the digital doorstep of the University of Wisconsin’s online Bachelor of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership and Communication program.
“I had established my family in Eau Claire and was commuting to St. Paul, Minn., for work [as a supervisor for Cisco Foods]. Spending days away from my family and working nights just got old,” Tessendorf says. “Initially the online option was about convenience, but I quickly found the Organizational Leadership and Communication program was about gaining the tools to truly advance your career.” [Read more...]
Communication and organization – the cornerstones of Martha Fay’s nearly 25-year career have served her well. “I’ve been in the field my whole life. I feel like I was made for it,” says Fay, an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. With the launch of the online UW Bachelor of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership and Communication program – a collaboration between UW-Extension and UW-Eau Claire – Fay found another avenue for sharing her passion for communication. [Read more...]
You want to move ahead in your career – and your life – but you need to update your skills. Maybe you have a bachelor’s degree, but it doesn’t help your current career goals. Maybe you’re looking to complete your bachelor’s degree. This isn’t a decision you take lightly, because as a working adult, your time is at a premium with work and family obligations. The University of Wisconsin’s online Bachelor of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership and Communication degree may be the answer to accomplishing your goals.
Created as a partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning, the Organizational Leadership and Communication bachelor’s degree program is designed for students with a variety of professional backgrounds. [Read more...]
Full-time or part-time? Online or on campus? Degree or certificate? Adult learners looking to advance their careers through continuing education face a number of important choices when deciding to return to school. For some, earning or completing that bachelor’s degree may be the motivation. Others may be looking to ease back into their education without committing to a full degree program, while some are simply looking to add or improve skills that will enhance their professional portfolio. Addressing the needs of these students is exactly why the online University of Wisconsin Certificate in Organizational Leadership and Communication (OLC) was created. [Read more...]
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Simple words from George Bernard Shaw showcase the importance of communication in every aspect of life. While the concept of communicating may seem simple, faculty with the online UW Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) in Organizational Leadership and Communication (OLC) program are working to give students a deeper understanding of how to best use organizational leadership and communication skills to become leaders in the workplace. The OLC program a collaborative degree program partnering the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire with the University of Wisconsin–Extension.
When the University of Wisconsin Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) program launched in 2011, Emily Johnson, BPS program manager, was at the helm. In the two years since, she has seen firsthand the benefits it can bring to students.
A collaboration between University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and UW-Extension, the fully online BPS program offers a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Communication as well as a 12-credit certificate that can be completed in as few as two eight-week terms. [Read more...]
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Renee Conley didn’t necessarily need to go back to school to get another bachelor’s degree. The military veteran earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology, served as a practicing therapist for nearly two decades, including running her own successful private practice in Madison for 12 years.
Conley, whose work focused mostly on community mental health and working with older adults, enjoyed her career; but she wanted more.
“I really liked what I was doing as a therapist,” Conley says. “But I wanted to expand.”