Ad­vanced Stud­ies

Lo­cal col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties of­fer many paths to a ca­reer.

Milwaukee Magazine - - Special Advertising Section - BY B.L. HO­GAN

These fine in­sti­tu­tions have some­thing for ev­ery stu­dent. Don’t miss out on your turn to learn.

MIL­WAU­KEE SCHOOL OF EN­GI­NEER­ING

A ma­jor sell­ing point for stu­dents ap­ply­ing to MSOE is that a de­gree leads so of­ten to a good job. Some 97 per­cent of grad­u­ates land jobs in their fields of study within six months of grad­u­a­tion, says JoEllen Bur­due, direc­tor of me­dia re­la­tions.

But MSOE is also work­ing on who it is that grad­u­ates and gets those jobs. One of the chal­lenges fac­ing the en­gi­neer­ing pro­fes­sion is that it’s so male-dom­i­nated. In the field of me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing, for ex­am­ple, just 8.8 per­cent of the 303,000 pro­fes­sion­als na­tion­ally are women.

MSOE is do­ing some­thing about that. In March, it spon­sored an event for high school girls in­ter­ested in the field. Mem­bers of two pro­fes­sional groups par­tic­i­pated. With the help of the pros, the girls built self-pro­pelled model cars out of house­hold items, and then toured cam­pus, says Dean of Ad­mis­sions Se­an­dra Mitchell.

Start­ing in April, the pro­gram was set to move to mid­dle schools.

CAR­DI­NAL STRITCH UNIVER­SITY

Car­di­nal Stritch Univer­sity, founded in 1937 by the Sis­ters of St. Francis of As­sisi, of­fers un­der­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate de­grees in four col­leges and its new School of Con­tin­u­ing and On­line Learn­ing.

To­day, Stritch is still fo­cused on ad­dress­ing crit­i­cal needs in the City of Mil­wau­kee.

Through pro­grams like the Healthy

Kids Col­lab­o­ra­tive, which in­te­grates nurs­ing stu­dents’ clin­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ences into Mil­wau­kee Pub­lic Schools and Mil­wau­kee Health Depart­ment ser­vices, Stritch is help­ing add nurs­ing staff in pub­lic schools.

With 73% of stu­dents stay­ing in Wis­con­sin af­ter grad­u­a­tion, Stritch alumni lead non­prof­its, schools, small busi­nesses, health care or­ga­ni­za­tions, cor­po­ra­tions, en­tre­pre­neur­ial ven­tures and more.

“We be­lieve it’s our job to help stu­dents pre­pare for both a ca­reer and their life’s work,” says James P. Lof­tus, pres­i­dent.

MIL­WAU­KEE IN­STI­TUTE OF ART AND DE­SIGN

For years, MIAD has been sur­vey­ing in­com­ing fresh­men to see what they want from their ed­u­ca­tion. Re­cently, says the col­lege’s pres­i­dent, Jeff Morin, their top an­swers have been ca­reer-ori­ented.

So start­ing in the cur­rent aca­demic year and con­tin­u­ing next fall, MIAD has been in­creas­ing its ca­reer em­pha­sis and in­tro­duc­ing it ear­lier in stu­dents’ first year.

Now stu­dents choose their ma­jor in their first se­mes­ter, and be­gin tak­ing cour­ses in it in spring. They’re also be­ing in­tro­duced right away to pro­fes­sion­als in their fields, for men­tor­ship and un­der­stand­ing of the field. More changes along these lines are planned for next year.

In other de­vel­op­ments, MIAD has added a “mak­ers’ space” – a suite of rooms in which stu­dents can use tech­nol­ogy to cre­ate art and de­sign.

Also suc­cess­ful this year: a new pro­gram in fur­ni­ture de­sign. Next fall, MIAD plans a pro­gram in arts man­age­ment.

KA­PLAN UNIVER­SITY

Ka­plan Univer­sity is an on­line univer­sity with 15 lo­ca­tions across the coun­try, one of them at 201 W. Wis­con­sin Ave. in Mil­wau­kee. All 32,000 of its stu­dents take cour­ses on­line, but at each lo­ca­tion stu­dents can get help with en­roll­ment, meet an ad­viser, get tu­tor­ing or ca­reer ser­vices, work in the com­puter cen­ter or study.

The fac­ulty and staff are one of the top sell­ing points for the univer­sity, says Carolyn Nord­strom, Ka­plan’s se­nior vice pres­i­dent for ground oper­a­tions.

Ka­plan of­fers a range of de­grees, in­clud­ing as­so­ciate’s, bach­e­lor’s, master’s and Doc­tor of Nurs­ing Prac­tice, and prides it­self in what Nord­strom calls “speed to de­gree.” The Univer­sity ac­cepts prior col­lege cred­its and credit for work ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ka­plan also of­fers a “com­pe­tency re­port” that rates stu­dents on “soft skills” such as com­mu­ni­ca­tion, lead­er­ship, col­lab­o­ra­tion and team­work – skills em­ploy­ers look for.

CONCORDIA

In a time of de­clin­ing col­lege en­roll­ments, Concordia Univer­sity Wis­con­sin is in­creas­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion with other in­sti­tu­tions and or­ga­ni­za­tions, to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion for em­ploy­ees or mem­bers.

“One of the things we fo­cus on now is part­ner­ship ef­forts,” says Michele Hoff­man, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of en­roll­ment ser­vices at the Me­quon-based school.

That in­cludes an in­no­va­tive “lead­er­ship boot camp” Concordia of­fered around the state in part­ner­ship with NEWau­kee, an or­ga­ni­za­tion of young pro­fes­sion­als that’s in the midst of branch­ing out to all the state’s 72 coun­ties.

Concordia also part­ners with busi­nesses when em­ploy­ees need train­ing or ed­u­ca­tion, such as in lead­er­ship skills for new man­agers.

And the univer­sity has worked with two-year schools such as Mil­wau­kee Area Tech­ni­cal Col­lege to build pro­grams that can start at the tech­ni­cal col­lege level and con­tinue seam­lessly at Concordia.

MOUNT MARY

Mount Mary Univer­sity is known for en­cour­ag­ing cre­ativ­ity in its stu­dents, so much so that it has de­vel­oped a Creative Cam­pus Ini­tia­tive to for­mu­late how that’s done at this women’s un­der­grad­u­ate univer­sity with co-ed grad­u­ate pro­grams.

This, says Erin Nass, re­cruit­ment mar­ket­ing man­ager, is “to em­power women and give them the tools they need to be suc­cess­ful.” A prime ex­am­ple, she says, is a re­cent grad­u­ate named Esper­anza Perez, who used con­fi­dence gained at Mount Mary to land a job in San Fran­cisco with Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers.

Mount Mary con­tin­ues to add new pro­grams to its cur­ricu­lum, in­clud­ing in health care and STEM fields. Among these are a new food sci­ence un­der­grad­u­ate pro­gram, and an RN-to-BSN com­ple­tion nurs­ing de­gree pro­gram.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Mount Mary’s de­gree pro­grams and schol­ar­ships, visit mt­mary.edu.

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