UWM: UWM to open Satellite Recruiting/Outreach Office at PIC

Issued by: Kathy Quirk (414-3229-3144), [email protected]

02/16/06

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MILWAUKEE – The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is opening
its first community-based satellite recruiting office at the Private Industry Council,
2338 N. 27th St., on Feb. 21.

Through this office, information will be provided on education opportunities and resources available to high-school-age students and adults interested in attending UWM.

“We want to improve access to the university to ensure that more students make it through college, and are prepared for the knowledge-intensive jobs of the 21st century,” says UWM Chancellor Carlos E. Santiago. “We believe that bringing our outreach and recruiting programs into the community will make it easier for people to take those important first steps toward a college education, and long-term personal and career success.”

“Bringing the resources of one of the Midwest’s finest research universities to the geographic center of Milwaukee will be of tremendous benefit to young people who are anxious to prepare for the high-skill, high-growth, high-demand professions of today and tomorrow,” says Gerard Randall, chief executive director of the Private Industry Council.

“I am thrilled with this collaboration between the workforce board and our public university to enhance the mission of both institutions to develop a citizenry that fully participates in the educational, economic and social life of our region,” he adds.

The Private Industry Council (PIC) of Milwaukee County is a public/private partnership between government and business that plans, administers and coordinates employment and training programs for adults and youth in Milwaukee County.

The office will be staffed from 2-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with some alternate hours available by appointment. Advisors from the Department of Recruitment and Outreach will oversee the office, working with other university departments.

Services available at the office include:

General and specific information about UWM and its programs for high school juniors and seniors, potential transfer students, and adults. This includes information on such areas as financial aid, admission requirements, the application process, housing options, and precollege program opportunities.

Support for students who’ve already been admitted and are in the process of enrolling.

General information on college and its role in career preparation for high school and upper middle school students.

Assistance to students and families in understanding the value of higher education.

The satellite office will also serve as a base for educational programs and partnerships with community and education organizations in the area,” says Jan Ford, UWM director of recruitment and outreach. “The office can also become a gathering spot for those already college bound, and those interested in finding out more about college,” she adds.

“We are hoping to offer family and small group meetings and workshops on such topics as applying for college, finding financial aid, and the career opportunities available with a college education,” says Ford. “We will also be planning some social get-togethers to help newly enrolled students become part of the UWM community.”

CONTACT: Jan Ford, 414-229-4445, [email protected]