WAUKESHA – The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha’s Paving the Path to College program will benefit from a $10,000 grant from the Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County to support and expand the program for non-traditional women students.
Inspired by UW-Madison’s Odyssey Project, Paving the Path is a two-credit course taught by university faculty that helps adult students gain a voice and a sense of empowerment through lively discussion of literature, history, philosophy, art and writing.
The grant, which was awarded to the UW-Waukesha Foundation to aid Paving the Path, will support the 2014 program’s expenses and allow more women to participate, essentially doubling participation from 8 students to 15. The Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County is a fund of the Waukesha County Community Foundation.
The grant is a fantastic show of support for an important program that seeks to better people’s lives by providing access to higher education and removing the barriers, said Ellyn Lem, associate professor of English at UW-Waukesha and program coordinator for Paving the Path.
“In the past, we had to merely rely on the generosity of donations without certainty where the money would come from for books, meals and tuition,” she said. “The professors all volunteer their time, but it is nice to be able to compensate them, even in a small way, for the hours they put in preparing for these classes. Now with the grant, I am hoping awareness of the Odyssey Project in Waukesha grows, so that the people who could benefit from the opportunity hear about it and take advantage of the chance to become a successful college student without incurring debt.
“Many students last summer who participated said that completing the course gave them confidence, improved critical thinking skills, and even positively affected their relationships with friends and families. How could we not want that for everyone?”
An open house for Paving the Path is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 in C101. The program will be offered over four Saturdays in June from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, or to download an application, go to waukesha.uwc.edu/continuing-ed/outreach/paving-path.
UW–Waukesha has the largest enrollment among the 13 UW Colleges campuses. These freshman/sophomore campuses and UW Colleges Online comprise the UW Colleges. They offer an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree and prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs.
In addition, UW-Waukesha offers several collaborative bachelor’s degrees through UW-Milwaukee and UW-Oshkosh. Starting this fall, UW-Waukesha is offering the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree completion program, a bachelor’s degree that can be earned at UW-Waukesha in collaboration with UW-Parkside. The degree is conferred by UW Colleges. Classes are taught by faculty from both UW-Waukesha and UW-Parkside.