4/16/2014 1:23:00 PM Partnership has many benefits
The Rice Lake Chronotype
This area will soon be a hub for advanced learning and home to dozens of students from all over the world. The former Mount Senario campus in Ladysmith will become North Cedar Academy this fall, offering students a 2-year head start on a bachelor's degree through a partnership with UW-Barron County. This truly unique partnership promises to offer meaningful benefits to the region. While the academy is not designed to serve local students, it will bring more quality educators to the area and help broaden the skills and perspectives of teachers. Local students may also better understand different cultures with their interactions with the international students. Area students already have access to quality local schools and colleges. They do not need more schools, but the schools do need more students and more resources as enrollment drops and non-local funding shrinks. That is what UW-Barron County will get with an injection of international students paying non-resident tuition of more than $10,000 for an academic year-twice what a resident would pay. The academy will also provide work, from contractors to academic advisors to support staff in one of the state's most economically challenged counties. The presence of an international learning institution also creates opportunity for cross-cultural experiences for the students as well as area residents. That is a rare thing in a rural area. Let's try to make these students feel at home and embrace opportunities of our ever-expanding global society.
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