Special Programs

At UW-Barron County, we offer a number of special academic programs to support and supplement our curriculum and co-curricular offerings.

First Year Experience

The First Year Experience Program helps students transition to college by offering classroom opportunities that maximize academic success, building positive relationships among faculty, staff and students; and providing campus-wide resources tailored to first-year students.   

The centerpiece of our First-Year Experience Program is LEC 100, our one-credit, first-year courses that focus on the skills students need for academic and career success. LEC 100 not only helps students in their transition to college, but it also counts towards their associate degree.  

Service Learning

Service learning means using what you learn in the classroom to find solutions to real-life problems in your community. Though service learning, you not only learn the practical applications of your studies, you become an engaged citizen and community member. In that way, service learning helps both you and the community.

In and out of the classroom, UW-Barron County faculty and staff strive to prepare students to become lifelong learners, responsible citizens, and community leaders. For example, our LEC 100 course includes a service learning component, where students participate in out-of-class activities to learn the real-world value of the classes they are taking. 

Study Abroad

Your campus offers the opportunity to study abroad through programs that are open to all students and community members. The study abroad website lists all upcoming programs, application requirements, costs and other information you will need to participate.

Youth Options

Wisconsin's Youth Options program allows public high school juniors and seniors who meet certain requirements to take postsecondary courses at UW-BC.  Approved courses count toward high school graduation and college credit.  The program opens the door to greater learning opportunities for motivated students wishing to begin college early.

Under Youth Options, a student does not pay for a college course if the school board determnies the course qualifies for high school credit and is not comparable to a course already offered in the school district.  If approved by the school board, the student can receive both high school and college credit upon successful completion of the course.  A student who successfullly completes their high school graduation requirements earns a high school diploma regardless of whether the requirements were met while attending a high school or college.

To learn more about Youth Options opportunities at UW-BC email uwbcinfo@uwc.edu

Helpful Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction contacts to find out more about Youth Options:

Kevin Miller, Consultant
email: kevin.miller@dpi.wi.gov
phone: 608.267.3161

Judith Stowell, Office Operations Associate
email: judith.stowell@dpi.wi.gov
phone: 608.267.9245