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In addition to producing a bigger supply of college-prepared workers, the university must do more to boost the creation of well-paying jobs. By supporting business development, linking academic programs to entrepreneurship, and expanding research, the UW will help make Wisconsin a better place to do business. This will require stronger connections that link UW System talent and research activities with established businesses, entrepreneurs, economic development agencies, as well as new efforts to accelerate investment in UW-generated innovations to develop ideas, build new businesses, enhance existing industries, and create jobs.

  • Office of Economic Development: This new office is a partnership between the UW System and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to better coordinate economic development activities throughout the state. It is facilitating collaborative grants and incentive programs to foster applied research and technology transfer, including developing Regional Economic Development Partnerships.
  • Wisconsin Economic Development Portal: This searchable web-based resource links economic development and commerce initiatives statewide. It provides an integrated, system-wide, resource-rich database that showcases faculty expertise in specific areas related to industry needs, such as health, water, biotechnology, and manufacturing.
  • Helping businesses work better and grow: The Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network and 13 Small Business Development Centers support new and established businesses, and provide patent and trademark services.
  • Transforming research into well-paying jobs: Using recommendations from the UW System’s Research to Jobs task force, the UW is stepping up efforts to connect academic research with the private sector to help businesses be more competitive and create new businesses that will employ more Wisconsinites.
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities for students:  Entrepreneurial ideas are by nature free flowing and ambitious, and often require assistance developing operational and financial plans. By encouraging real-time and virtual opportunities for students to pitch ideas and seek seed funding, UW System campuses can increase the interest and energy surrounding business start-ups and development.

UW-Eau Claire’s rigorous first-year writing initiative prepares students for academic, career success

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Collaboration, Featured, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Workforce, UW-Eau Claire | 0 comments

UW-Eau Claire’s rigorous first-year writing initiative prepares students for academic, career success

EAU CLAIRE — A newly created rigorous first-year writing program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is receiving national recognition for its innovation and effectiveness in helping students develop the strong communication skills employers say they value in new college graduates. The Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing — designed to ensure that every student is prepared for the reading, writing and researching demands of college and beyond — has received the Writing Program Certificate of Excellence from the national...

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UW-Stout working on water: Federal grant to support student research into lake pollution

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Agriculture, Collaboration, Environment, Featured, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Tourism, UW-Stout | 0 comments

UW-Stout working on water: Federal grant to support student research into lake pollution

Menomonie, Wis. — How about this for a summer job? Spend eight weeks studying the problem of phosphorous pollution in Menomonie-area lakes. The job pays $500 a week, with a transportation allowance, housing and meals at University of Wisconsin-Stout. Plus, the job includes a mentor to help with getting into graduate school. It’s not too good to be true. A $282,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will allow 10 undergraduates to take part in a new program called LAKES REU, which stands for Linking Applied Knowledge in...

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UW-Parkside: Strong partnership builds new web presence for Town of Somers

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Collaboration, Featured, Online Learning, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, Tourism, UW-Parkside | 1 comment

UW-Parkside: Strong partnership builds new web presence for Town of Somers

SOMERS – When web visitors access www.somers.org they find a well-designed, easy-to-navigate site that conveys important information about the town of Somers, a community of more than 10,000 residents in the southeast corner of Wisconsin, and home to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Not long ago, those same visitors may have been challenged to find information and the information they did find was not always up to date. What happened? “Ten years ago, smaller towns did not view the internet as a primary communication tool,” said...

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UW-Stevens Point graduates turn internships into jobs at Skyward

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Collaboration, Featured, Human Resources, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, UW-Stevens Point | 0 comments

UW-Stevens Point graduates turn internships into jobs at Skyward

It’s a common paradox for college graduates – getting a job requires experience, but how do you get experience without a job? Thanks to a partnership with Skyward, Inc., students at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point are gaining both. An educational software company based in Stevens Point, Skyward currently employs more than 400 people, 145 of which are UW-Stevens Point alumni. But while Skyward has long recruited interns from computer information systems, it recently began collaborating with the School of Business and Economics to...

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Diploma and a job: UW-Stout food science grad starts work three weeks after classes end

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Agriculture, Featured, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Workforce, Technology, UW-Stout | 0 comments

Diploma and a job: UW-Stout food science grad starts work three weeks after classes end

After four years at University of Wisconsin-Stout and two professional internships, one word best describes Cameron Volbrecht: Ready. He’s ready to leave the classroom behind and ready to use his Bachelor of Science degree in food science and technology. That’s exactly what he’ll be doing Monday, Jan. 6, when he begins work full time as a food technologist for Kerry Ingredients in Beloit. Just three weeks after graduating, he will start his career. “I couldn’t be happier about choosing UW-Stout, and the investment in college has paid...

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Makerspace is part clubhouse, part business incubator and all workshop

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Collaboration, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Manufacturing, Responsiveness, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, UW-Madison | 0 comments

Makerspace is part clubhouse, part business incubator and all workshop

At Sector67, a “makerspace” on Madison’s East Side, you never know what will walk through the orange door. Today, a UW-Madison student wants to mold foam and plastic into a custom-fit back for a backpack. “How thick?” asks the makerspace’s director, Chris Meyer. The student curls up his thumb near his forefinger. Instinctively bringing his own “maker” attitude to bear, Meyer lasers in on the practicalities. “Do you want to mold the plastic and foam together?” It’s just another unpredictable afternoon at Sector67, the...

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Meeting a regional health care demand: 100% of UW-L physician assistant grads employed

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Collaboration, Featured, Healthcare, Human Resources, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Uncategorized, UW-La Crosse | 0 comments

Meeting a regional health care demand: 100% of UW-L physician assistant grads employed

Forbes Magazine has consistently named physician assistant studies the single best master’s degree because of the favorable outlook for salary and long-term employment of physician assistants (PAs). Talk to local hospitals or UW-La Crosse (UW-L) Career Services professionals, and you’ll see why. “Frankly, these students, once they get their materials in place and learn how to identify positions, they don’t need me,” says Tim Tritch, interim director of UW-L’s Career Services. “They have employers seeking them out.” Physician...

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UW-Eau Claire chemistry graduates enter workforce with skills for success

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Collaboration, Featured, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Workforce, UW-Eau Claire | 0 comments

UW-Eau Claire chemistry graduates enter workforce with skills for success

EAU CLAIRE — When Arrianna Zirbes began her career as a quality control specialist in a microbiological lab at Nestlé Nutrition in Eau Claire in 2012, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduate didn’t have to look far to find another Blugold. With more than 70 UW-Eau Claire alumni working at the Nestlé facility in Eau Claire, including 22 chemistry graduates, Blugolds make up almost half of the employees in Nestlé’s Eau Claire laboratories. “Nestlé sounded like a really good fit for what I wanted to do with my...

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VIDEO: UWO, partners cut ribbon for Rosendale Dairy biodigester

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Agriculture, Collaboration, Energy, Environment, Featured, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, UW Oshkosh | 0 comments

VIDEO: UWO, partners cut ribbon for Rosendale Dairy biodigester

Temperatures in the single digits didn’t faze University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and UW Oshkosh Foundation leaders and project partners from cutting the ribbon on a new, 1.4 megawatt biodigester at Rosendale Dairy in Pickett on Dec. 11. About 100 guests — project partners and supporters — gathered at the state’s largest dairy farm to inaugurate the new renewable energy plant and research facility — the culmination of approximately two to three years of collaboration, planning, engineering and...

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UW-Platteville to administer Confucius Classroom at high school in Neenah, Wis.

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Arts, Collaboration, Cultural Impact, Featured, Responsiveness, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, UW-Platteville | 0 comments

UW-Platteville to administer Confucius Classroom  at high school in Neenah, Wis.

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — From varying levels of Mandarin language instruction, to presentations about Chinese etiquette and culture, to celebrations of important Chinese festivals and traditions, the Confucius Institute has worked with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville since 2008 as a part of an international network of over 700 Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms dedicated to enhancing the understanding of Chinese language and culture around the world. On Friday, Nov. 22, the UW-Platteville Confucius Institute together with...

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