Meet Our Community
I was in a position where I wasn’t able to work my way up. I was limited by not having a degree. So I took advantage of earning an education so close to home by attending UW-Marshfield/Wood County. It was important for me to accomplish my goals without uprooting my family.
The small class sizes and access to my professors is an advantage. I’m not just one of 300 people in a class. I was unsure of how I would feel returning, but we’re all just students.
You can get a degree regardless of perceived barriers. Once you seriously investigate, you’ll see it can fit in your schedule. There are options for financial aid. You owe it to yourself to figure out want you want to do, and if it’s possible.
JB Hernandez came to UW-Marshfield/Wood County because it was an affordable option. What he learned was that it also was a great place to get involved. In addition to volunteering at the Marshfield Clinic, JB is the Student Senate President and a Student Ambassador. I've learned so much outside of the classroom: leadership, teamwork and time management. All these things will help JB in his next step of his education as he prepares for a major in Pre-Med.
I encourage people to get involved, get to know the people around you. Everyone is willing to help out and it's a really good experience.
Sarah Tiffany received her Associate's Degree from UW-Marshfield/Wood County in 2002. "I've been working in retail in the community, but I would like to work in the health care field." That's why the New Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree is perfect for Sarah.
"The BAAS is general enough so it's versatile, and a bachelor's degree will create endless opportunities for me, especially in health care. I chose the BAAS & UW-Marshfield/Wood County because it's affordable and close to home. That makes it much eaiser to fit into my busy schedule. Trying to balance work and school is the biggest challenge, but everyone has an open door policy so if I have any questions I'm confident I can find help."
“I really enjoy helping others and solving problems for those around me,” says Rachel Martin, current student of UW-Marshfield/Wood County. Without hesitation, Rachel says her favorite part of campus is the Student Senate meetings. “Get involved with a group, even if you just attend meetings to listen. You’d be surprised what you find out about those around you and how their strengths can help you out and vice versa.”
Rachel was recruited to be an Ambassador her freshman year at “the Wood.” “The professors actually know your name! You don’t feel like a number here. When you have questions, they will go out of their way to help find the answer or at least direct you to someone who knows.”
“Also, I can stay at home for free laundry!”
Rena Kalmon chose UW-Marshfield/Wood County because it was affordable. What she didn’t expect, though, was how easy it would be to find help. She says, “All I had to do was ask!”
Rena loves how intimate the campus is. “I can’t walk down the hall without stopping to talk to someone or having someone wave at me or say hi. It’s a great feeling.”
Rena says UW-M/WC is a good school for both graduating high school and nontraditional students. “Because of small class sizes, students can have one-on-one relationships with professors. Professors are also willing to help if a student doesn’t understand something right away and their classes are always a lot of fun!”
Tyler Stargardt’s dream is to become a pilot, and UW-Marshfield/Wood County is helping that dream come true. “Here I could afford tuition, stay at home and fly at the local airport earning my pilot's license. UW-M/WC has allowed me to transfer into my major at Minnesota State Mankato with my Associate’s Degree. Talking with professors on a personal level has helped me choose the correct path for myself.
I was involved with Intramural Softball and took the snowboard class at Granite Peak. It was a great way to meet new people. Plus, I’ll always remember the Jim Wand hypnotist show in the Commons – it was amazing to watch!
My dream job is to become a corporate pilot for the Green Bay Packers or any pro team. Thanks for a great two years, UW-Marshfield/Wood County!”