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MSOE partners with Wisconsin Technical College System to offer new transfer program

June 01, 2020 | Conor Smyth

Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) have announced a new System-wide agreement. Technical college graduates who have an associate degree in a technical field may transfer to MSOE with junior standing in the university’s new Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program focused on Technical Sales.

It is the only agreement of its kind in the Midwest and offers these students a seamless transition to the BBA in Technical Sales, offered through the MSOE Rader School of Business. Students will learn key aspects of technical sales including networking, psychology of sales, prospecting, forecasting, supply chain, and key communication strategies. The BBA in Technical Sales prepares associate degree graduates to expand their technical expertise and work in a business-to-business sales career.

“MSOE has been offering technically-oriented business degrees for more than 50 years,” said Dr. John Walz, MSOE president. “We are pleased to be partnering with the Wisconsin Technical College System to offer students from a variety of backgrounds the unique opportunity to pursue a BBA focused on technical sales.”

All 16 technical college presidents have signed this system-wide agreement which will allow any student who has successfully completed an Applied Associate of Science (AAS) degree from a Wisconsin technical college program after 2015 and meets MSOE’s admission requirements to be admitted to the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track at MSOE.

“Each year more than 8,000 of Wisconsin’s technical college graduates go on to continue their education at a four year college, and many of them leave the state to achieve this goal,” said Dr. Ruth Barratt, chair of the MSOE Rader School of Business. “This new partnership with the Wisconsin Technical College System provides a logical path for these graduates to stay in our state to pursue their bachelor’s degree and grow the Wisconsin economy.”

“MSOE has been a fantastic transfer partner with Wisconsin’s technical colleges for many years, recognizing the rigor of our programs and the quality of our students. This standard-setting agreement again focuses on students and takes this partnership to the next level,” said Dr. Morna K. Foy, president, Wisconsin Technical College System.

“For our economy to grow, we’ll need innovative educational programming that helps students develop specific skills to fit employers’ needs,” said Susan Koehn, VP of Talent and Industry Partnerships for the Metro Milwaukee Association of Commerce and the Milwaukee 7. “This new program will help build a pipeline of talent in Wisconsin that responds to high demand for individuals with a combination of technical aptitude and the transferable business skills that adapt to a changing economy.”

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ABOUT WTCS:  The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) consists of 16 colleges that enroll more than 300,000 students each year in over 500 programs. The colleges award associate degrees and short-term credentials – boasting 94 percent graduate placement in Wisconsin – as well as dual credit to high school students and instruction for registered apprenticeships. Because the System is a major talent pipeline and premier provider of customized instruction and technical assistance for Wisconsin employers, 98 percent say a technical college is important to the success of their business. Learn more: WTCSystem.edu

ABOUT MSOE:  Milwaukee School of Engineering is a private, non-profit university offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, and nursing. At MSOE, you will find a caring community of students and faculty. Together, we are committed to fostering a higher standard of academic programming and research, and personalized service, instruction, and guidance. Learn more: MSOE.edu