Meet The UW-BC Community
I am Rhonda Klassa from Shell Lake, Wisconsin. I started back to school when I was 35 years old. I think that the scariest thing for me was to just get the application in and sign up for classes. Once I started back, I was so excited to learn. I loved going back to school. The first thing it did for me was boost my self-esteem because I was able to get through the classes and I even made the Dean’s List, which was pretty amazing for me. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to even pass all my classes since I had been out of school for so long...I don’t think I could have done so well without the support I received from my family and all the wonderful professors and staff at UW-BC. It was a great experience for me.
Social Work Student
Born and raised in a town of just over 1,000, I couldn’t have asked for a better place to begin my college career and the rest of my life. UW-Barron County was everything I was looking for in a university. I am currently a successful student at UW-Stout and I give a large thanks to UW-Barron County for such success. When asked to talk to high school students, I recommend UW-BC hands down as those were the best, most rewarding years of my college career.
Current BAAS Student
After finishing my AAS at UW-Barron County in 2013, I was faced with a dilemma. I wanted to complete a bachelor’s degree, but I couldn’t find an option that worked well for me and my family. My husband’s job and our school-aged children made it difficult for us to move. At the same time, I wanted the personal support from faculty and staff that’s difficult to come by in online classes, and with my busy schedule, I couldn’t afford the time commitment for an hour-long commute to attend UW-Eau Claire.
That’s why I was thrilled to learn about the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree. The experience I’ve gained and connections I’ve made through my course work have been instrumental in getting me back into the work force for the first time in fifteen years.
The faculty and staff inspired me to explore personal opportunities that I once thought impossible, such as my 2012 study abroad trip to Peru. In all, UW-BC launched me into a guided exploration away from my known comfortable world and into a stratosphere of culture, diversity, and curiosity.
UW-Milwaukee graduate summa cum laude
Award-winning Neurologic Research Technologist
Before I started college at UW-BC, I was led to believe that I would not be able to get into a school like UW-Madison, that I could not make the grade...I feel like UW-Barron County gave me confidence in my abilities as a student and with that confidence, I am attending my dream university. Even now, attending UW-Madison, my advisors and professors from UW-BC still check on me now and again, which shows how much passion these people have for students like myself. Without my experiences and education that I received at UW-BC, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Current Student, SGA President
Without UW-Barron County there wouldn't be a great and cost effective way for students to grow, excel, and prepare for their futures in the world.
I owe my every success to UW-Barron County. You see, I dropped out of high school at an early age and I was too fearful to even apply to any of the four-year UW universities. I applied to UW-Barron County expecting to be denied, but I was not turned away. I had the most amazing professors who genuinely wanted me and every student to succeed. I earned My AAS, BS and now have a Master’s degree in counseling and I am a licensed psychotherapist in Los Angeles. I have started my own private practice and I am in the process of starting a non-profit organization to help survivors of trauma. None of this would have been possible without the small and nurturing campus in Rice Lake.
In 1974, I was a Rice Lake High School graduate that had college goals but wasn’t yet ready to step into the world of a large campus where you are only a number and could quickly get lost in the shuffle. And, being that UW-BC was a home town campus, I was able to live at home and work to save money for my final two years at UW-Eau Claire.
Insurance Company Executive
UW-Barron County was without a doubt the best choice I could’ve made regarding my college education. Before coming to UW-BC I was homeschooled; I enjoyed that kind of self-directed learning, but knew the transition back to institutionalized learning might be difficult. I was intimidated by the whole idea. While there were a few bumps in the road, it wasn’t long before I felt comfortable on campus. By the end of my first semester, I was academically adjusted. The knowledgeable professors were a godsend, as were the small classes that made it easy to get one-on-one time with said professors. By my second year, I began to realize how much more than academics the school had to offer: I got involved with a few clubs as well as volunteering for events happening on campus, like orientation and banquets. It’s then that I realized how genuinely friendly and happy nearly all the staff is- it was fun to work with them! All too soon, graduation was upon me. While I’ll miss my little campus close to home, I don’t think anywhere could have prepared me better for the next step in my academic career.
I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go in the art field, but the experiences and opportunities at UW-BC gave me the time I needed to make my decision. Now I am proudly a theatre arts design major. We need to give students opportunities to discover who they are and how they will help society, and UW-BC has helped me and many students like me find their path.
I would have to say that choosing to go to UW-BC was first and foremost, a financial decision. The unforeseen academic bonus occurred in the excellence of the education I received during my tenure as a student. Much has been made recently of the strictly vocational pedagogy that is merely suited to get someone an occupation, but in my experience, I received both vocational training and also a well-rounded foundation of culture that continues to inform me even today as a contributing member of society. I hold my time at UW-BC in the highest regard.
I just wanted to let you know that I accepted a Fisheries and Watershed Management Technician position that is operated out of Fort McCoy in Tomah,WI. Colorado State University runs this operation through the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands program.
This position will allow me to be part of a field crew that will assist in performing biological assessments on trout streams, habitat restoration projects, water quality monitoring, and aquatic macrophyte surveys. I will also be doing creel surveys, and assisting in public outreach events.
I want to thank you again for really being an influential part of my career choice and I hope that we could possibly go out fishing sometime.
(Dr. Dave Caithamer, Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences, recently received the above email message from a former student. The picture is of Logan and 'Dr. Dave' working in a UW-BC lab.)
[UW-BC] has been a perfect fit for me. I wanted a college that was close to my hometown. I commute five days a week from Centuria, Wisconsin, which is about an hour drive. Being able to commute to this campus has helped me save over $2,000 in housing.
Mary Kaye Sandberg
If I had not attended UW-BC, I may not have made it through my college years. This college gives students a chance to attend without fear. I think all too often the thought of having started [elsewhere] and meeting new people is frightening. The campus allows for so much discussion in the classroom and that is a definite advantage for learning even more. Everything that has to do with UW-BC screams WELCOME - COME AND LEARN. I am forever grateful for the education I received and the genuine care the professors put into making sure it was the best.
Sandberg Funeral Home
I began my college career after a debilitating illness that ended my fifteen year career as an over-the-road truck driver. I researched my options and what was available in the immediate area...The close proximity to my home in Bloomer, WI was vital to my consideration of pursuing a college education. I contacted UW-BC and set up a campus tour. Upon arrival, I was impressed with the friendliness of the staff and faculty that were encountered on the tour. My decision to attend UW-Barron County has allowed me to become active in campus organizations and committees that have a true impact on the students and campus culture. UW-BC will also allow me to make a smooth transition from the working world to academia and back into the working world with the prestigious University of Wisconsin letterhead on my diploma.
Coming to the University of Wisconsin-Barron County was the best choice I ever made. The idea of going to college always scared and overwhelmed me. Yet when I applied at UW-BC, I was warmly greeted by staff who seemed to genuinely want to help me in any way and could also help me grow academically. I was more than a number. I was Libby!...I have been befriended by a lot of faculty here. Without their guidance and wisdom I would be just as lost as I was the day I started. UW-BC has become my home away from home. I am so blessed to have started my education here.