WITC-Superior’s JumpStart Day and Tool Show Thursday

WITC-Superior will open its doors to the community Thursday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. for the annual JumpStart Day. JumpStart day is a fun and relaxed afternoon designed to help students get a jump-start on their fall semester.

Prospective students are welcome to take a tour, enjoy refreshments and learn about WITC’s admissions process, financial aid and scholarship opportunities, transfer options and credit for prior learning.

Students who have started their application process are encouraged to attend as well. These students will be able to complete the process, any necessary testing or meet with a counselor in a relaxed atmosphere. Students already admitted to WITC will be able to register for classes, get their student I.D., parking pass and say hello to their future instructors.

There will be time to relax and unwind as well. The College Activity Board is providing tasty summer treats, games and prizes. The cosmetology program is offering free paraffin hand treatments. Everyone will receive a small gift, be entered into a grand prize drawing, and receive a voucher waiving WITC’s application fee.

WITC’s last graduate follow-up survey showed that 93 percent of 2016 graduates surveyed were hired within just six months of graduating. Graduates employed in a job related to their training are earning an average starting salary of $37,829 annually.

Diver new faculty fellow at St. Scholastica

The College of St. Scholastica today announced the appointment of Karen Diver as Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence with a specialization in Native Studies.

Diver is a former Special Assistant to the Obama White House on Native American Affairs and former Chairwoman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

St. Scholastica President Colette Geary established this new position as a means to develop the programmatic and relationship infrastructure that will advance the College’s ambitious strategic plan for inclusive excellence.

Dr. Geary said that, “engaging Diver’s broad expertise in Native Affairs signifies the College’s primacy of commitment in this inclusive excellence work to the local region and thus to tribal communities.”

The Faculty Fellow in Native Studies will be actively involved with faculty, staff and students in a variety of initiatives that emphasize student support, and that engage faculty and staff in cultural fluency and overall inclusive pedagogies.

Diver said she is eager to join the St. Scholastica community.

“I’m pleased to be joining The College of St. Scholastica, and being a part of their broad organizational commitment to Inclusion, especially for Native Americans in the region,” she said. “It is heartening to see an educational leader in the region build on its mission and values through a strategic vision for equity.”

Diver’s record of accomplishments includes serving in the Obama White House from November 2015 to January 2017 as Special Assistant to the President in Native Affairs. As a member of the Domestic Policy Council staff, she advised President Obama on issues impacting Indian Country.

She was the first woman to serve as Chairwoman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, spending eight years in that role. She also served as Vice President of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe; a member of the Board of Directors for the Corporation for Support of Housing; a two-term Chair of the Boards of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota; and as a Presidential appointee to the State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resiliency, co-chairing the Natural Resources Committee.

Diver holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

“This appointment will significantly strengthen The College of St. Scholastica’s work in Native American studies as well as our commitment to inclusive excellence,” said Chris Dolan, chair of the St. Scholastica Board of Trustees. “We expect Ms. Diver’s work to provide insights and momentum that can also help in our engagement with other communities underrepresented in higher education and at St. Scholastica.”

Founded in 1912 by the Benedictine Sisters, The College of St. Scholastica is a co-educational, independent, comprehensive institution of higher learning offering undergraduate and graduate programs, online and on-site, to over 4,400 students. The General Education program provides students a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences cultivating a conscientious use of knowledge that prepares them for responsible living in a global community.

The College of St. Scholastica is nationally recognized for academic quality. Rankings by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and Money magazine classify it as one of the Midwest’s top regional universities. Learn more at css.edu.

UW-Superior recognized as one of the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in Education

The University of Wisconsin-Superior’s online elementary education bachelor’s program has been recognized by BestColleges.com as one of the best in the nation.

“We are proud to once again receive this recognition for our online elementary education program,” said Karen Heikel, Executive Director of Alternative Delivery and Outreach at UW-Superior. “This reinforces the high academic standards and exceptional value this program provides.”

With more than 100 years of experience in training teachers, UW-Superior is the only institution of higher learning in the Twin Ports to receive this accolade. The Teacher Education Program offers an elementary education major that prepares students to obtain certification to teach either pre-kindergarten through sixth grade (PK-6) or first through eighth grade (1-8).

BestColleges.com used statistical data and a few consistently applied guiding principles to reach its conclusions. Its 2017 rankings reflect the most recent data compiled from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Navigator, both of which are hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics, with the goal to objectively assess relative quality based on academic outcomes, affordability, and the breadth and depth of online learning opportunities. Institutions were ranked on academic quality, affordability and online programming.

Science-themed summer camp returns to St. Scholastica

Professors from The College of St. Scholastica will engage middle-school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subject matter next week.

The Shoot for the Stars: Launching into Math & Science program is geared toward getting middle school students interested in STEM fields. This year, St. Scholastica will host 40 students on campus for the weeklong camp during the week of June 12. Participants are sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade Lincoln Park Middle School students.

Starting Monday, June 12, the camp will feature a week of science and math lessons and activities, with topics including rocket aerodynamics, and a variety of activities such as scavenger hunts, campus tours, and group bonding games. The camp will last from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day, on the St. Scholastica campus.

The project is a collaboration between St. Scholastica faculty and Lincoln Park Middle School principal Brenda Vatthauer, Community School Coordinator Rachel Thapa, and other LPMS staff members. The program is funded in large part by a grant from the Duluth YMCA with 21st Century Funds.

School administrators report that in its inaugural run last year, the program succeeded in generating interest in additional STEM study and careers. Organizers exceeded their goal of 20 participants, and 88 percent of students who took part in Shoot for the Stars expressed interest in taking part in a STEM club. Sixty-two percent reported increased interest in STEM careers and fields.

“One of last summer’s participants told me that he wanted to go to college after being on campus and experiencing the program,” Thapa said. “He had never been on a college campus before and did not know that there was one right in our community.”

Vatthauer said that several of the students had “come out of their shells” to become engaged leaders in their school.

The camp will be followed by a math/science club during the academic year to cultivate long-term engagement and enthusiasm. Donna Kirk, a math instructor at St. Scholastica and co-director of the club, said the middle school years are a critical time to create student interest in STEM fields. Even if students do not end up pursuing math or science specifically, she said, the skill sets and problem-solving techniques that are strengthened through studying STEM topics can aid students in other academic areas.

“This concept was developed with specific aims to address a STEM opportunity gap for local students during their critical middle school transitional years, helping them see these topics as fun, interesting, accessible, and applicable to their current lives and future education and employment,” added program co-director Tim Trygstad, associate chemistry professor at St. Scholastica.

Additional Shoot for the Stars partners/supporters include: Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, Enbridge, Upward Bound, Advantage Emblem, and Aly Jean Photography.

The College of St. Scholastica is nationally recognized for quality. Rankings by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and Money magazine classify it as one of the Midwest’s top regional universities. Learn more at css.edu.