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Rasmussen College opens in Wausau


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – A new college will open in Wausau today.

St. Paul-based Rasmussen College will begin offering classes in its facility on Westwood Drive. More than 110 students are already enrolled.

The four-year private college chose to open a campus in Wausau to offer another educational option to students here, said campus director Sue Williams. She added that the college's focus on online learning will be a key selling point to many students.

“They can take their courses in the evening or do their homework at 2 in the morning because of our extensive online program,” she said.

Students can earn an associate's, bachelor's or master's degree in a variety of fields, including health, business and education. Bachelor's degrees can only be earned online at this point.

Wausau gave some financial incentives to help land the college. The city extended $300,000 in tax increment financing for utilities and infrastructure to help build the school. The college will pay the city back the money through the property tax increment it generates over the next 10 years.

The college has already stimulated the local economy. It created more than 200 construction jobs and will create up to 25 full-time and 20 part-time jobs in the first year.