MAILED: Dec. 6, 2000
Chippewa Valley business and community leaders will learn more about efforts underway to integrate college students into area businesses during the Internship and Work Force Breakfast on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in downtown Eau Claire.
Fostering relationships with students at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout and the Chippewa Valley Technical College is one of several initiatives of a newly created partnership of local education, work force and economic development organizations called Partnering to 2005.
The organization involves students from the UW-Eau Claire chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, leaders of area economic development groups and representatives of area businesses. The group developed the slogan Chippewa Valley Come for College, Stay for a Career, organized tours of local businesses for college students, and is developing a resource guide about job shadowing opportunities in the Chippewa Valley.
Molly McManus, a junior communication major, was among about 40 students who toured Chippewa Valley businesses last month with Mike Schatz, Eau Claire economic development specialist. The experience changed her mind about staying in Eau Claire after graduation. I had no idea before the tour that there were so many employment opportunities here. As a student you mainly see the shopping areas and the university, not the industrial parks and other companies in the area, she said.
McManus helped plan next weeks breakfast meeting, which is aimed at informing business leaders about these programs and helping them retain students as employees. The keynote speakers include students, former students, employers from the area, higher education representatives and work force development specialists. They will discuss the value of internships and co-operative training, hiring students for part-time employment and the value of job shadowing.
We know that 70 to 80 percent of students in internships receive full-time job offers with the company after graduation, said Jeanne Sinz, director of Career Services at UW-Eau Claire. This program is about establishing relationships between students and local employers. The earlier that happens the more likely it is that students will stay in the area after they graduate.
The Internship and Work Force Breakfast is sponsored by Partnering to 2005, Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, Manpower, UW-Eau Claire Chancellors Office, UW-Eau Claire Foundation, Excel Energy and the UW-Eau Claire IABC chapter.
For reservations contact the Eau Claire Office of Economic Development, 839-4914. For additional information about Partnering to 2005, contact Jeanne Sinz, UW-Eau Claire Career Services, 836-3345.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Dec. 6, 2000