Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin

The Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin, a partnership of Wisconsin’s 13 public universities, is working to: 

  • Provide UW System-wide programs, internships and research opportunities that teach students real-world skills 
  • Create a workforce of talented water professionals trained to meet the water challenges of the future 
  • Fund innovative, collaborative research to solve Wisconsin’s 10 Grand Water Challenges 
  • Engage industry partners, local communities, policymakers and advocacy groups in the effort to support career opportunities in fresh water 

Thanks to state legislative funding, FCW supported 49 new projects that include freshwater courses to amplify water curriculum, field experiences to recruit high school students, the development of multi-institution research programs and enhanced internship pathways that prepare students for the workplace.


M³ seeks to transform the future of Milwaukee through education. Through collaboration and coordination, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will increase the retention, graduation and career success of our students and provide a prepared workforce and citizenry for the Wisconsin economy. M³ also will provide the education and resources to help drive an entrepreneurial mindset for all students to increase choices and opportunities for growth.

As a partnership among public institutions serving diverse populations, M³ strives to lift up individuals, improve the community and build the region’s diverse workforce pipeline.