Forward Award Winner: University of Wisconsin-Parkside

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The University of Wisconsin-Parkside has developed several new academic programs to prepare students for the region’s pressing workforce needs in recent years.

In 2017, UW-Parkside opened the SC Johnson Integrated Science Lab on its campus to provide students with more learning opportunities, including research fellowships, scientific career exploration and development activities. The lab was named in recognition of Racine-based SC Johnson’s lead $500,000 gift.

Another new initiative, the UW-Parkside App Factory, offers students the opportunity to develop mobile apps for community clients throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Through the program, hundreds of students each year work with businesses, organizations and community groups to provide them with conceptual design and prototype mobile app development services.

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“Students are learning the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in a digital world and have the opportunity to engage with business, industry and community partners,” said Chancellor Debbie Ford. 

Earlier this year, UW-Parkside entered a partnership with Kenosha County to develop 100 acres of recreational land adjacent to Petrifying Springs County Park, in an effort to improve ecology and recreational opportunities.

As part of another recently announced partnership, Haribo of America, Inc. will provide funding for the renovation of UW-Parkside’s Sports & Activity Center, along with a needs-based scholarship program at the school. The company’s commitment over the next decade is expected to exceed $300,000.

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