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COMMUNITY SERVICES


CONTINUING EDUCATION AND EXTENSION (CEE)

LA CROSSE EXERCISE AND HEALTH PROGRAM (LEHP)

LA CROSSE MEDICAL HEALTH SCIENCE CONSORTIUM, INC.

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ARCHAEOLOGY CENTER (MVAC)

RIVER STUDIES CENTER

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SBDC)

UW-L PLANETARIUM

UPWARD BOUND


CONTINUING EDUCATION AND EXTENSION (CEE)

205 Morris Hall
(608) 785-6500
continuinged@uwlax.edu
www.uwlax.edu/conted

CEE works with faculty and departments to extend the instructional, research and public service resources of UW-L to individuals and organizations in western Wisconsin communities and in other parts of the state. Some programs attract national and international audiences.

Graduate and undergraduate credit courses are offered off campus for part-time students, primarily K-12 educators and health and human service professionals. Some courses are offered in partnership with the Cooperative Education Service Agency (CESA) #4.  

Conferences, workshops and other non-credit instructional programs are conducted for selected professional audiences, as well as the general public. A non-credit certificate program is offered in autism spectrum disorders. Learning in Retirement programs are offered specifically for older adults. Continuing education units (CEUs) or health education continuing education contact hours (CECHs) are awarded when appropriate.

Science, humanities, and arts enrichment classes also are offered for upper elementary, middle and high school students.

Credit outreach courses and most non-credit instructional programs are offered in partnership with UW-Extension. Distance learning technologies are used for selected audiences.

CEE staff work with faculty and off-campus individuals to host conferences and annual meetings of professional associations and other organizations.


LA CROSSE EXERCISE AND HEALTH PROGRAM (LEHP)

221 Mitchell Hall
(608) 785-8683
www.uwlax.edu/sah/lehp/

The LEHP program, in conjunction with the La Crosse area medical profession, comprises two community service units, Adult Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation, as well as professional units in Research and Educational Services. Based on laboratory evaluations, individualized programs of diet and exercise are developed by UW-L faculty and technicians in cooperation with area medical personnel. Graduate assistants and undergraduate fitness majors assist during exercise periods in the Mitchell Hall pool and field house or during individual testing sessions in the Human Performance Laboratory. The LEHP offers an opportunity for practical experience, particularly to students who major in exercise and sport science and health education. Both the graduate degree program in clinical exercise physiology and the undergraduate program in exercise and sport science-fitness emphasis enroll students who rely heavily on the LEHP units for their clinical work and supervision opportunities.


LA CROSSE MEDICAL HEALTH SCIENCE CONSORTIUM, INC.

3065 Health Science Center
(608) 785-5150
www.lacrosseconsortium.org

The La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium (LMHSC) is an alliance of two comprehensive medical centers and three higher education institutions: Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare and Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center; and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Viterbo University, and Western Technical College. The five partners formed the consortium in 1993 to provide a means for working collaboratively to provide better healthcare, strengthen the healthcare workforce, and encourage strong health science research initiatives. The Consortium continues to work toward these goals through collaborative projects in population health, nursing, clinical placements, cultural competency, and workforce issues in 20 counties of Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. In 2009, two new partners were welcomed to the Consortium: the La Crosse School District and the La Crosse County Health Department.

The Consortium is located in, and responsible for the operation of, the $27.1 million Health Science Center (HSC), which opened in 2000. The HSC was built with the support of all five partners, the state of Wisconsin, and generous private donations. It houses classrooms and teaching laboratories, research labs, faculty offices, and meeting rooms used by UW-L, WTC, and Gundersen Lutheran. It is also home to the Student Health Center, which serves both UW-L and WTC students, and La Crosse Community Dental, a nonprofit dental provider for the community.


MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ARCHAEOLOGY CENTER (MVAC)

Archaeology Center and Laboratories Building
(608) 785-8464
www.uwlax.edu/mvac

MVAC is an archaeological research, preservation and public education unit of the sociology/archaeology department that conducts excavations, surveys, and a pre-collegiate education and public programs. MVAC preserves sites and collections, and works with archaeologists in the sociology/archaeology department to provide opportunities for student participation in archaeological research and pre-professional training and experience. The archaeology laboratory is a location for much course-related student research and contains space to curate artifacts recovered from field projects. Field studies are conducted regularly to learn about the prehistoric and early historic cultures of the upper Mississippi River Valley. The MVAC Web site contains much information on the archaeology of the upper Mississippi River.


RIVER STUDIES CENTER

4043 Cowley Hall
(608) 785-8261
www.uwlax.edu/biology/rivercntr

The River Studies Center, created in 1972, is a non-curricular unit established to focus on research and informational programs pertinent to the Upper Mississippi River and its related resources. During the past 40 years, the center has expanded its research program to other aquatic resources, including rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands across Wisconsin, the Upper Midwest, and the nation. The center has extensive interdisciplinary collaborative partnerships with several state and federal agencies and with other universities, including the U.S. Geological Survey, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the National Park Service, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The research of center faculty addresses resource issues and environmental problems of pressing regional and national concern, such as environmental pollutants and contaminants that have caused widespread degradation of our aquatic resources. Faculty affiliated with the center are highly competitive and successful in securing financial support for sustained aquatic environmental research. Scholarly investigations by the center have provided research opportunities to nearly 100 graduate students and more than 250 undergraduates.


SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SBDC)

120 Wimberly Hall
(608) 785-8782
www.uwlax.edu/sbdc

The SBDC helps business owners start and grow their businesses through research, on-site programs, advising and educational programming. As one of Wisconsin's Small Business Development Centers, the SBDC taps statewide resources to help business managers solve business challenges. It provides businesses with information and guidance in starting, maintaining and expanding a small business including innovative, high potential businesses. Funding from the Small Business Administration supports the counseling.

Case studies sometimes are conducted by advanced students under faculty supervision.   

In partnership with UW-Extension, the SBDC provides non-credit continuing education programs for business people in a seven-county region. Topics include business plan development, marketing, sales, finance, human resources, and other small business concerns. The Supervisory Management Certificate Program provides practical training for both new and experienced managers. In addition, the SBDC provides speakers, programs and trainers to individual firms and groups.

Some research, such as feasibility and impact studies, is conducted for area businesses. Local economic data is accessed through the SBDC Web site.


UW-L PLANETARIUM

020 Cowley Hall
(608) 785-8669
www.uwlax.edu/planetarium

The planetarium has served the university, area schools, private groups, and the general public since 1965. Several thousand people attend presentations at the planetarium each school year. Bright stars and major constellations are pointed out in the simulated sky. Each program also includes a multi-media presentation on various subjects in astronomy and space science. For information on programs see www.uwlax.edu/planetarium or call (608) 785-8669.


UPWARD BOUND

176 Murphy Library Resource Center
(608) 785-8539
www.uwlax.edu/upbound/

Upward Bound is a federally funded program for low income and/or first generation college bound high school students. It is funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and is one of the TRIO programs created by Congress to help students overcome educational, social, cultural and financial barriers to higher education. Services include weekly tutoring and advising, monthly Saturday activities, college visits, career exploration, and a six-week summer residential program. Funded at UW-L since 1979, the program serves eligible students from La Crosse and Monroe counties.