South Carolina delegation visits UWM to learn about M-cubed

A delegation from Aiken County, South Carolina, public schools visited the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus to learn about M3 , the multifaceted collaboration among UWM, Milwaukee Area Technical College and Milwaukee Public Schools focused on improving educational attainment.

The South Carolina delegation met Monday with UWM Chancellor Mark Mone along with other campus officials about M3 (pronounced M-cubed), which graduated its inaugural Early College pilot program class of 32 students last month. The visit also included stops at MPS’ Vincent High School and MATC.

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Jean Salzer (from left), director of UWM’s Career Planning and Resource Center; Leslie Hull-Ryde, director of news and information at the University of South Carolina-Aiken, and Joseph Maddalena, UWM’s director of foundation relations, exchange greetings before a meeting on Monday. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)

Representatives from the University of South Carolina-Aiken, Aiken Technical College and the Aiken County Public School District heard about various M3 goals, which include boosting student achievement, ensuring students have necessary resources to advance to college and into the workforce, and closing the equity gap in educational attainment.

Aiken County officials first learned about M3 after MPS Superintendent Keith Posley, MATC President Vicki Martin and UWM Associate Vice Chancellor Phyllis King were invited to make a presentation about the partnership to a joint meeting in March of the American Association of Community Colleges and AASA: The School Superintendents Association.

About 160 MPS students have applied for the Early College program for the 2019-2020 school year, when enrollment is expected to at least triple in size. Students who complete the dual enrollment program earn 10 college credits, including four MATC math credits, three MATC English language arts credits and three UWM educational psychology class. The credits also count toward their high school degrees.

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