New Educational Offerings as UWMC Becomes UW-Stevens Point at Wausau

Written by Julie Bollmann

On July 1, 2018, UW–Marathon County became a branch campus of the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point as part of the restructuring of the University of Wisconsin System. The Continuing Education Department at the Wausau campus joined the Stevens Point campus to align resources, expand more educational programming, and broaden the presence of UW–Stevens Point at Wausau further into Marathon County. UW-Stevens Point Chancellor Bernie Patterson explained:

“We see this as the complete integration of higher education in this part of the state. We are stronger together than if we stand alone.”


Greg Summers, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, added:

“As a regional public university, community engagement is UW–Stevens Point’s mission. We are thrilled to formally join Wausau and Marshfield, and we look forward to participating in the life and education of these communities — continuing the access mission of the UW colleges, bringing new opportunities for students to earn baccalaureate and graduate degrees, and servicing the region for opportunities for lifetime learning and professional development.”

UW–Marathon County visually became UW–Stevens Point at Wausau during the sign unveiling on September 19, 2018. Pictured are speakers at the event (left to right) UWSP Chancellor Bernie Patterson, Campus Executive and Professor Ann Herda-Rapp, Wausau Mayor Robert Mielke, and County Board Chair Kurt Gibbs. (Photo courtesy of UWSP.)

To meet the needs of the community, UW–Stevens Point has expanded its Continuing Education Department as part of the newly organized Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD). This new campus resource will be the “front door” to access valuable resources on any of the three UW–Stevens Point campuses. The OECD can:

  • Assist in designing professional development programs for current workforce
  • Engage UW–Stevens Point students who will be your future employees
  • Connect the community to faculty experts to assist with your organizational or community needs

The Continuing Education Department and the OECD will carry out the UW–Stevens Point strategic plan — “A Partnership for Thriving Communities” — by fostering relationships and opportunities for our region to be “vibrant, healthy, prosperous and sustainable.” We value lifelong learning and would love to connect you to the many programs available on our three campuses.

UWSP-CE-course-catalogYou may view our continuing education catalog here to peruse an online version of the UW–Stevens Point at Wausau and Marshfield collective catalog of course options.

Registration has opened for classes on the Wausau campus to explore, enrich, and escape . . .  Whether it’s exploring a new hobby like digital photography, enriching your understanding of our nation’s Constitution, or escaping to one of our many exciting day and theater trip locations — we have something for you! Take a peek inside the catalog here.

Be sure to register today, as classes are filling up. To register online, visit

For questions or assistance, please contact the Office of Continuing Education, UW–Stevens Point at Wausau, at 715-261-6294.

Julie_BollmannJulie Bollmann

Program Specialist  |  University of Wisconsin–Marathon County  |  Continuing Education Office

Julie Bollmann has served as the Program Specialist at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County’s Office of Continuing Education since 2016. Her background had previously included out-of-school programming with the Wausau School District, at which time she coordinated very closely with the Department of Public Instruction on its after-school programs. She is passionate about providing educational opportunities for all members of the Wausau community — whether it’s a College for Kids class or a professional development seminar. She excels in collaborating with Wausau organizations to create, promote, and deliver fulfilling educational and experiential opportunities. In her free time, Julie enjoys outdoor activities in Central Wisconsin, particularly snow-shoeing at Rib Mountain and kayaking on the Rib River and other area waters. Email Julie Bollmann.

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