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ROTC program at UW-La Crosse will be kept

LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - UW-La Crosse will keep its Army officer training program, after it was almost dropped.

The Army said last October it would halt the La Crosse ROTC program and a dozen others by mid-2015 due to what it called a "reduction of resources."

School officials and politicians sprung into action, and they convinced the military to give La Crosse a two-year probationary period last November.

At the same time, the Army created a new metric scale to help evaluate its Reserve Officer Training Corps programs. Under that scale, La Crosse was required to commission at least 15 officers into the Army each year. They actually produced 15.3 officers over the past three years, thus giving La Crosse a reprieve at least until 2015 -- when the Army will evaluate the program again.

La Crosse military science professor James Hill said the "STEM" program has had a huge impact on his program's ability to stay around.

"STEM" stands for science, technology, engineering, and math training.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)