MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Prospective college students can start signing up for the University of Wisconsin System’s new flexible degree program. Admissions to the program opened Monday. UW officials celebrated with a news conference on the UW-Madison campus introducing one of the first applicants, Aaron Apel. He submitted his application to UW-Milwaukee’s IT program during the news conference. The initiative allows students to earn college credit by demonstrating knowledge gleaned from the workplace, military experience or coursework. The program is designed to help working adults earn degrees faster. The program will begin at UW-Milwaukee and the UW System’s two-year schools in January. UW-Milwaukee is offering the option in nursing, biomedical diagnostic imaging and IT. The two-year schools are offering it for a number of associate degree programs, including biology, chemistry, computer science and engineering.