ASPIRE to Educate

About the Program

  • Will you be an education major?
  • Not sure of your major, but might want to explore the teaching profession?
  • Do you want to come to college two weeks early, meet friends, strengthen your writing skills and acclimate to your new environment at no extra cost?
  • The ASPIRE to Educate Learning Community, at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, might be for you!!!!

You have a great opportunity to get a jump start on your college career! By participating in ASPIRE to Educate Learning Community "early bridge" program you will ease into life on campus by coming to Stout two weeks prior to the start of the academic year. You will move into a residence hall, participate in a college prep writing workshop and leadership activities. You will even begin a two credit, tuition-waived, Strategies for Academic Success Course designed specifically for students with an interest in the field of teacher education. See the attached flyer for details of the ASPIRE to Educate and take advantage of this great opportunity.

There are no charges for room and board during the early two week period. Eligible students must be either first generation and/or income eligible and enroll in the ASPIRE-Student Support Services Program.

Who's Eligible

 First year students:

  • Majoring in an Education program and who meet the following criteria:
  • limited income - receiving the PELL grant
  • first generation - neither parent has graduated from a 4 year college/university
  • have a documented disability -  recognized by the University's Disability Services Office.
  • Visit ASPIRE Student Support Services for more information

Classes You'll Take


PSYCH 110 General Psychology (3 cr.)

Psychology as a discipline and an applied science. Scientific methodology applied to behavior and mental processes. Examines learning, memory, perception, motivation, development, individual and group differences, mental health, the physiological and cultural basis for behavior, and applies psychological principles to human experience

TRDIS – 120 Strategies for Academic Success (2 cr. - Tuition Waived)

This seminar is designed to enhance our students' abilities to succeed in college. Whether students graduated on top or somewhere in the middle of their high school class, the course is appropriate for all students who desire to be successful in college. The course will focus on adjustment challenges and explore competencies relevant to college student development and academic achievement. Course objectives include study skills strategies, such as note-taking, test-taking techniques, and textbook reading comprehension, time management and goal setting. Through peer engagement and interaction, focused class discussion and other activities, and reflection on the educational experience, students will strive to apply motivational principles and learning strategies leading to academic success at the university.

Students will be challenged to develop personal confidence and integrate strategies into their academic and student life experiences in order to maximize their college success.

Where You Will Live

This is a non residential learning community and is not linked to a resident hall or floor. On campus and commuter students are welcome. There is an ASPIRE floor option available in University Housing that is affiliated with this Learning Community.

What We Do

Movie nights, study groups, participate in field trips, including a teacher's convention and visits to local public schools.

Faculty and Staff


  Name: Becky Marine


Hobbies and Interests: Health and wellness, reading, spending time with family and friends, and going music concerts of various genres

The most interesting thing that I ever done: Exploring six different European countries with my son, staying in homes of people we had never met.

Community Profile

Number of Participants: 16

Living Location: Not Applicable

Classes: Strategies for Academic Success and General Psychology

Eligible Students: Recommended for Education majors who are First Generation, Income Eligible and/or Documented Disability