By Dr. Chris E. Domes, Silver Lake College President
MANITOWOC, Wis. — The past year was historical and transformational for Silver Lake College.
The college opened up new opportunities for area students when it introduced its four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in fall of 2016.
Silver Lake College now offers the only BSN program in a large region encompassing south of Green Bay, north of Milwaukee and east of Lake Winnebago.
The program is housed in the college’s newly remodeled $1.5 million state-of-the art nursing wing, which features cutting-edge learning and laboratory space equipped with high-tech nursing manikins.
The Wall Street Journal recently called nursing “The Hottest Job in Health Care.” As the need for nurses grows, students are being turned away from other nursing programs due to limited space and staffing. Silver Lake College has no waiting list and offers generous scholarship opportunities.
Silver Lake College has the distinction of being the first college in Wisconsin to adopt the Work College model. Called SLC Works, the program was introduced in fall of 2016. SLC Works incorporates jobs into student’s class schedules while they obtain a liberal arts education. The initiative helps them reduce their tuition costs, learn valuable work skills and build their résumés.
The college also has made big strides in accelerating the expansion and development of intercollegiate athletics, participating for the first time as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Next academic year, the college will offer an expanded number of sports, including men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, women’s softball and golf. A number of basketball games will be broadcast on local radio next season.
More and more students are finding that Silver Lake College is the right fit for them. The college’s applicant and acceptance numbers are more than double what they were last year at this time.
Meeting needs of today’s employers
In fall of 2017, Silver Lake College will launch its redesigned graduate-level Leadership and Organizational Development program, which aligns with industry standards in leadership, health care and organizational development.
The expansion of the college’s facilities and programs has a positive financial impact on the Manitowoc area. With an ever-growing population of students, Silver Lake College will be exploring facility needs that would benefit residential and community students, a place that would facilitate athletic events and enrich the student life experience.
Brianna Neuser, director of nursing at Silver Lake College, from left, works with nursing students Hnubci Yang of Madison and Der Linda Lee of Fresno, Calif., using a high-fidelity manikin in the college’s newly remodeled nursing wing. Photo by Suzanne Weiss/Silver Lake College