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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

NEWS RELEASE
News Bureau • Schofield Hall 201Eau Claire, WI 54702
phone: (715) 836-4741
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LOX Tours Connect Students
With Job Opportunities In Chippewa Valley
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.
         The 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.
         “Our 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 Claire area.
         Specific companies seen on one tour were Coca Cola, Nestle, 3M, Hutchinson Technologies Inc., Intel Plastics, Encor Technologies and Pleasant Company.
         “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 sinzjm@uwec.edu
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Updated: May 2, 2001