FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) – UW-Fond du Lac formally broke ground Thursday on its first student housing building.
After looking at studies, the university believes it can attract more students regionally and internationally simply by adding a place for students to stay.
The groundbreaking of the 121-bed style-apartment building on campus shows what the two year university is trying to do for the future.
“We see a vision of bringing more education to the county, so we can train the workforce and those people can have jobs and stay in Fond du Lac County, something we care about deeply,” said UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen
The university student population typically lives within 30 miles of campus.
Fond du Lac county owns the campus buildings and land and believes students housing can broaden the student base.
“It’s going to help us bring more students to UW-Fond du Lac which is very important, we need to keep the classrooms full to keep this institution viable,” said Fond du Lac County Executive Allen Buechel.
UW-Fond du Lac will become the eighth two-year college of 14 in the UW System with student housing.
It offers Associate degrees and Bachelor degree completion programs and costs 30 to 50% less than a UW System four-year school.
“Many of our students finish the first two years debt free, so that’s a big advantage in these times,” said Sandeen.
The apartment building will not cost the university or county a dime.
Tri-North Builders is partnering in the project and investing $4.8 million.
UW-Fond du Lac students will get priority but area college students can also live in it.
“Tech school right across the way here, we know we’ll have some students interested from that campus and if there’s room there may be some at Marion College,” said Buechel.
The university hopes to have the apartment building ready for students in August of 2017.