Milwaukee, Wisc. (May 2, 2007)—On Thursday, April 26, Upper Iowa University-Milwaukee Center opened its doors to area nonprofits for a day of free technology and other training. The program called Reach and Teach was part of an overall effort by the Wisconsin Council of Independent Education (WCIE) to assist community groups in training for individuals who could benefit from no-cost instruction.
WCIE is an organization made up of local colleges from the Milwaukee area that meet regularly to discuss and present to local legislators issues related to higher education; establish and preserve relationships with state agencies, and develop initiatives such as Reach and Teach.
According to UIU Milwaukee Area Coordinator Marshall Whitlock, 17 nonprofits participated in the training, including Career Industries, Congregation of the Spirit/Siggenauk Center, Friends of Milwaukee's Rivers, Neighborhood House, St. Rose Youth & Family Center, Badger Assoc. for the Blind, and Lake Mills Art Association. Classes included instruction in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, low-cost marketing techniques for nonprofits, and a unique workshop on conflict resolution entitled, “Can you divorce your coworker or client?”
UIU expects to offer similar training opportunities in the future, potentially adding workshops in Microsoft PowerPoint, internet research and other areas of use to nonprofit organizations. “We really want agencies in the nonprofit sector to take advantage of this free training,” said Whitlock. “We plan to continue offering this program in the future and hope it will become even bigger and better.”
Upper Iowa University, which recently relocated to a new facility near State Fair Park, has offered undergraduate degree programs in the Milwaukee Area since 1992. For more information, contact Marshall Whitlock at (414)475-4136 or go to www.uiu.edu.