Joe Hills graduated from Loyal High School in 1981…and enrolled at the University of Wisconin-Fox Valley from 2010 to 2012.
Meanwhile, he had been working and raising a family in Waupaca.
“I’ve been a management professional working predominately in the lumber manufacturing business,” he says. Most recently, he was a self-employed entrepreneur, working with local industry to find markets in which to recycle industrial waste.
“Having been away from academia for 30 years, I was concerned that I would be unable to adjust to the role of a student,” Joe says. “The faculty and staff have made the transition painless by giving me the tools and resources I have needed to succeed.”
He adds, “At UWFox I feel the professors appreciate the diversity in the age of the students. Non-traditional adult students are encouraged to share their life experiences with fellow students as part of the learning process.”
Joe’s plan after UWFox is to re-enter the workforce as a manufacturing professional while pursuing a UW-Oshkosh liberal arts degree with an emphasis in leadership development.
UWFox also has provided a good start for the rest of Joe’s family, he says, describing the family educational tree: “My oldest son completed studies at UWFox, transferred to UW-Madison and is now enrolled in law school at Marquette (University). My wife attended UWFox, transferred to UW-Stevens Point and earned her degree in art history in 2010. My son’s wife (whom he met at UWFox) transferred from UWFox to UW-Madison and then completed her master’s degree at UMASS in Boston. My youngest son also attended UW-Fox for one year and his credits will be transferred to Fox Valley Technical College.”
Joe concludes, “All of us were considered non-traditional students and were impressed with the professionalism of the faculty and staff.”
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