News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Daniel Wackershauser, Marketing Specialist
Phone: 608.822.2303
Mail: 1800 Bronson Blvd., Fennimore, WI 53809
Date of Release: January 19, 2021

CollEDGE Up programs starting at Platteville High School

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Students at Platteville High School will have two new opportunities for career readiness available to them through a course collaboration with Southwest Wisconsin Technical College and CESA 3. The programs that will be offered are the One and Done Laboratory Science and CNC Machine Operator/Programmer, taught in-house at Platteville High School.

These programs are available for senior level students beginning at the start of next school year and upon completion, they will earn a technical diploma in addition to their high school diploma.

“We are thrilled to offer the opportunity for Platteville High School students to graduate at the end of their senior year with their college degree in-hand,” says Platteville High School principal, Jacob Crase. “Job opportunities in both of these fields in our community are in high demand and we are excited to set them up for a life-long career.”

CollEDGE Up is offered through Southwest Tech as part of a student’s Academic Career Plan (ACP). It allows high school students to save time and money in earning their college degree, and it also could potentially allow for time for other classes or work while attending college.

“Both programs are unique in their own way and bring an advanced skill set to high school students,” says Kim Maier, director of Innovative and Alternative Learning at Southwest Tech. “Southwest Tech is taking an innovative approach to the current learning environment and offering students a pathway to career success.”

These programs will begin to be offered at Platteville High School starting at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year and will consist of 16 credits in Lab Science and 26 credits in CNC Machine Operator that include a combination of online work and in-school lab time twice each week. Due to the collaboration with CESA 3, these programs will also be available to everyone within the region including Platteville’s neighboring school districts.

For more information on these programs, contact Mary Johannesen, Career Prep and Dual Enrollment Coordinator at Southwest Tech, at (608) 822-2367 or, or Tischa Busch, PHS Guidance Counselor, at (608) 342-4020 or


Written by: Jordyn Belken, Communications and Marketing Director, Platteville School District


About Platteville School District

Located in the heart of Southwest Wisconsin, the Platteville School District serves just over 1,500 students ranging in grades PK to 12. Our highly-rated district best serves students with our 16-1 student/teacher ratio in our high school, middle school, and two elementary schools. Our intent is clear with our mission statement, “To ensure high levels of learning for all in a safe and inclusive learning community; “Every Student. Every Day.”


About Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

Southwest Technical College is one of 16 institutions that comprise the Wisconsin Technical College System. Southwest Tech offers more than 60 programs in a wide variety of disciplines. Courses are offered on-campus, online, and in a blended format. The college provides apprenticeship, certificate, technical diploma, and associate degree programs that respond to district workforce needs and prepare students for family-sustaining jobs and career advancement.

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