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College Retention Programs at WKU

Advanced Manufacturing Program

Major in Advanced Manufacturing

This program allows students who want to be in the manufacturing sector to have an alternative to going through an actual engineering program. Although from a survey of our graduates in 2010 – 15% of them are in engineering roles in industry, the Advanced Manufacturing program does not require the high level of math as needed in a traditional engineering program. The program has assisted a lot of students to be able to continue pursuing their degree at WKU. Approximately 80% of the students start off in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering prior to switching to Advanced Manufacturing after considering dropping out of college. The program has provided students with the skills needed to become technically competent Managerial Professional for business and industry since 1925 when the department was founded. Companies continue to ask for the students as the companies have assisted with the creation of the curriculum and there is a high placement rate over 85% in the field of study. The students will end up in positions doing front line supervision, quality, process improvement as well as some of the engineering skills that companies are looking for. A more impressive number for alumni is that 38% of them hold positions in management, which is the strength and focus of the program. The highest math requirement is Trigonometry for the students.


The program host a $1.9 million state of the art advanced manufacturing and robotics lab that assist students with hands on activities that will support them into the future and allow them to build the companies that will keep manufacturing jobs in this region as well as the country. For more information on the Advanced Manufacturing program, please contact Greg Arbuckle (270-745-6592) or Bryan Reaka (270-745-7032)

UE Peer Mentors

University Experience Peer Mentors

The University Experience Program offers peer mentoring for students. Select sections of the 175C course are assigned a peer mentor - generally an upper-class student who participated in the University Experience Program at WKU. Peer mentors are experienced, energetic college students who have exhibited success in navigating the academic rigors and co-curricular life of the University and serve as positive role models for incoming freshmen. They serve as role models, friends, and an overall support system for our incoming freshmen to help them integrate into the academic and social culture of WKU.

The Writing Center

Writers need feedback from readers to help refine their writing. The Writing Center can give you this feedback. Our tutors will talk with you about your writing to help you: brainstorm ideas, clarify main points, strengthen logic and support, integrate sources and credit them properly, smooth out organization, fine-tune sentence style, and learn to proofread

Because we want to help you become a better writer, we won't edit or proofread your paper for you. We will help you learn to revise and edit so you will be better able to catch your own errors and improve your own content, organization, and style. Visit our website for a video tour to let you know what to expect. A link to the appointment scheduler is available on our website: http://www.wku.edu/writingcenter . There you can also find instructions on using the scheduler and a video tutorial about the scheduler software. Call our Cherry Hall location (745-5719) during our operating hours if you have any questions or would prefer to schedule your appointment by phone.

If you can't get to our locations when we're open, you can get feedback on your writing by email. We won't proofread your entire paper for you by email; we will only mark and explain the errors in a sample portion of your paper and highlight them in the remainder so you can learn to correct them on your own. The feedback will include an audio explanation of the tutor's suggestions as well as written comments. Ideally, getting feedback on clarity of purpose, organization, and support should come before you move on to proofreading concerns.

CHHS ACE

Academic Center for Excellence

The Academic Center for Excellence in the College of Health & Human Services, referred to as ACE, is a student success center housed in Academic Complex 411. The mission of ACE is to provide resources to students in CHHS that will help them attain their educational, career and life goals. ACE is a 19-seat open computer lab. The computers have programs specifically for CHHS majors. ACE has also several resource materials that students can use.

There are five professional staff members housed in ACE which advise all Exploratory majors in CHHS along with Pre-Majors until they are fully admitted into their program of study. The ACE Staff will also work closely with each student on alternate major options. Along with advising, the staff participates in retention efforts to include an email campaign to all CHHS students.

For more information regarding the retention efforts in CHHS, please contact: Dr. Danita Kelley or Lynn Hazlett-Sherry, or call  270-745-2338.

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 Last Modified 9/24/14