This March a contract signed between University of Wisconsin Colleges and North Cedar Academy outlined a partnership that will pioneer the future of private education. North Cedar Academy, opening this fall 2014, will be the first private high school in the Nation to offer its students an associates degree from a large accredited University. In addition to being immersed exclusively in the AP courses during their freshman and sophomore years, junior and seniors at NCA will enroll in full UWC coursework taught by the faculty of UW-Barron County.
The five-year exclusive contract grants North Cedar Academy the ability to fine-tune it’s academic relationship with UW Colleges before any other high school of its kind may be founded. In addition to being taught by UW professors during the last two years of high school, students at NCA will be granted automatic admission to a UW system 4-year college for the completion of their Bachelor’s degree – in just two additional years.
Not only is the partnership greatly beneficial for students at the Academy, it is also welcome news for UW-Barron county. As noted in a recent interview by Evan M. Ryan, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, “International education promotes the relationship building and the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people in the United States and around the world, which is necessary in solving today’s global challenges”. Both Barron County and other colleges in Wisconsin are continuously striving to increase multicultural education and global awareness of their students, faculties, and communities.