MAILED: May 2, 2001
EAU CLAIRE—University of
Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley Technical College students recently
boarded Local Opportunity Express tours to connect with internships, employment
and job shadowing opportunities in the Chippewa Valley.
The bus tours, part of the “Come for College, Stay for
a Career” program of Partnering to 2005, began at UW-Eau Claire’s lower
campus and visit area business parks. Tours were lead by local professionals who
shared their knowledge and insights about working in the Chippewa Valley.
LOX Tours are one way in which we can help the students learn about the
businesses and potential job opportunities that exist in the Chippewa Valley,”
said Mike Schatz, city of Eau Claire economic development administrator.
goal is to retain many of the students and the talent and skills that they have
after graduation. We want them to come for college, and stay for a career.”
The tours, which took place April 24-25, traveled
through the downtown business area, North Barstow redevelopment area, Gateway
West, Gateway Northwest and the Skypark Industrial Centers. Several businesses
were noted for their areas of expertise and for what attracted them to the Eau
Specific companies seen on one tour were Coca Cola,
Nestle, 3M, Hutchinson Technologies Inc., Intel Plastics, Encor Technologies and
“I had no idea there were this many career
opportunities in the Chippewa Valley,” said senior Katherine Kleinsteiber, a
public relations major from Madison. “I’m going to use the resource guide to
look for an internship for next fall.”
All students who attended a tour received a
resource guide that contains more than 70 Chippewa Valley businesses. The guide
is organized so students can search for companies interested in providing students with
opportunities for internships, job shadowing, tours and part-time or full-time employment
in their chosen fields.
The city of Eau Claire recently received the Having an
Impact on the Chippewa Valley Workforce Award for the LOX tours, which are part
of the Partnering to 2005 partnership of local education, work force and
economic development organizations. 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 general LOX tours will continue to be offered on an
ongoing basis, but the tours can also be tailored to meet the needs and
interests of specifics groups, organizations or classes.
For more information, contact Jeanne Sinz, director of
Career Services at UW-Eau Claire, at (715) 836-5359 or send e-mail to email@example.com
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 2, 2001