MADISON - Prospective college students can start signing up for the University of Wisconsin System's new flexible degree program.
Admissions to the program open Monday. UW officials are planning an afternoon news conference to promote the launch.
The initiative allows students to earn college credit by demonstrating knowledge gleaned from the workplace, military experience or coursework on tests.
The program is designed to help working adults earn degrees faster.
The program will begin at UW-Milwaukee and the UW System's 13 two-year schools in January. UW-Milwaukee is offering the option for its nursing program, biomedical diagnostic imaging program, and IT program.
The two-year schools are offering it for a number of associate degree programs, including biology, chemistry, computer science and engineering.
Other campuses plan to offer flex options later next year.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
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