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I have worked with Catherine Neiswender on multiple projects in the community. From strategic planning, to facilitating groups, and even guest lecturing in my class, Catherine has been an incredible community partner. She has brought a positive perspective and attitude to every project and has been wonderful to work with in every situation. I regularly recommend her to colleagues since she has a lot of experience, is up to speed on the latest best practices, and truly listens to partners before diagnosing their problems and working with them on solutions. We're so lucky to have an amazing resource in our community like UW-Extension, and especially having Catherine to work with!


5 University of Wisconsin Campuses Are Accepting Applications to Online Degree in Applied Computing

Driven by industry demand, five University of Wisconsin campuses are partnering to offer a new online bachelor’s degree in applied computing. UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, and UW-Stevens Point open admissions today for the collaborative Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing program. Computer science and information technology fields represent the fastest growing fields in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in the IT field are projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024 depending upon the role. The number of jobs in roles such as computer support specialist, computer and information systems manager, systems analyst, security analyst, web developer, database administrator, and software developer, is estimated to increase an average of 11% to 27% from 2014 to 2024. In Wisconsin, demand for IT workers is high. Among the leading categories of tech workers needed here are computer systems analysts, software developers and software applications developers, according to CompTIA’s 2017 report, “Cyberstates.” The report ranks Wisconsin seventh among the states in percentage growth of tech workers over the next few years. “We launched the online applied computing degree to attract more adults into the growing IT field to fill these open positions,” said David Schejbal, dean of the Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning at UW-Extension, which administers the degree program. “The online format means students can balance work with their studies, and ultimately, earn a degree that opens the door to new possibilities.” The degree, which incorporates a range of computer science and business skills, was developed based on input from IT employers. According to one employer, “The University of Wisconsin Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing is a great opportunity—every industry is looking for IT professionals,” said Mike Fox, director of Project Services at SafeNet Consulting. “On top of that, the University of Wisconsin garners instant recognition and respect among those employers.” Learn more about the online Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing by visiting

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