The majority of those degree-holders continue to call Wisconsin home after graduation. More than 80% of Wisconsin residents who attend a UW institution choose to remain in Wisconsin following graduation, and 85% of all UW System alumni say they were “effectively prepared with the knowledge and skills they needed” in the workplace.
Building on this solid foundation, UW System is focused on new strategies to further strengthen Wisconsin’s workforce:
UW-Eau Claire alumnus Zach Halmstad was a master on the piano keyboard when he graduated as a music major in 2004, but he ultimately found his future career path on a much different type of keyboard.
As a sophomore, Halmstad was hired to work in UW-Eau Claire’s Learning and Technology Services by Chip Eckardt, LTS chief information officer, and learned the basics of supporting Macintosh computer operating systems.
“I first hired Zach as a student to provide Mac support,” Eckardt said. “At that time there weren’t many students who...
UW-La Crosse (UW-L) students are jumping aboard the Trane. They’re increasingly finding training and future careers at the international employer located in their backyard — Trane Co., a business of Ingersoll Rand.
The Trane La Crosse campus employs more UW-L interns than any other company. Many of those interns go on to work at Trane, becoming software developers, engineers and accountants who have helped the company become a world leader in heating and air conditioning equipment.
Trane is a great example of a company that uses an...
Menomonie, Wis. — For a group of industrial design students at University of Wisconsin-Stout, it wasn’t just another day in the classroom.
It was a day of reckoning, academically speaking.
Associate Professor Jennifer Astwood had assigned them to design an injection-molded consumer product for the college-age market, something they should know a little about. They also were required to create a working prototype in a lab.
The final aspect of the project may have been the most pressure-packed: They would present their ideas to professional...
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Dr. Kristina Fields, an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, is the curriculum manager for the Sky’s the Limit program, an engineering outreach program for girls in grades 7-12 initiated in 2010 by Tammy Salmon-Stephens, director of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Student Success Programs. Fields works to create hands-on multi-disciplinary science, mathematics and engineering projects for the participants by working directly with UW-Platteville faculty,...
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Business Success Center’s unique aviation and aerospace networking and consulting enterprise, AeroInnovate, has, once again, ascended into some rare air.
The seven-year-old UW Oshkosh Business Success Center offshoot won first place for Leadership & Collaboration at the national University Economic Development Association (UEDA) summit in Santa Fe, N.M. on Sept. 30
The UEDA describes itself as “the cornerstone membership organization representing higher education, private sector and community...
What started as a collaboration between departments at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has expanded to a partnership with a major national supplier of high quality art papers.
RiverPoint Paper is now being marketed by Strathmore Artist Papers™. The Strathmore® brand of artist papers has been used to create art for over 120 years.
“The agreement brings a new range of fine art papers to market and provides an additional revenue source for several Wisconsin companies,” said Paul Fowler, director of the Wisconsin...
EAU CLAIRE — As Gunner DeFlorian talks about his future, it’s no surprise that running his own business tops his list of career goals.
After all, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire junior marketing major from Chaseburg grew up watching his father and grandfather build their own successful businesses.
As president of the student Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization, DeFlorian has plenty of opportunities to interact with other entrepreneurial-minded students. The organization’s members meet regularly to discuss topics related to...
EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Elizabeth Glogowski, an assistant professor of materials science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has received $105,000 in grant money to continue student-faculty collaborative research related to new polymeric materials.
Polymers are substances containing a large number of repeating units that determine the observed properties. Current applications of polymers include adhesives, coatings, foams, packaging materials, textile and industrial fibers, composites, electronic devices, biomedical devices, and optical...
EAU CLAIRE — Geospatial education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is undergoing a significant transformation to provide students with real-world training, skills and workforce readiness necessary for successful careers in the growing geospatial industry.
An interdisciplinary Geospatial Education Initiative (GEI) developed at UW-Eau Claire by a team of faculty members from the geography and anthropology, physics and astronomy, computer science, and information systems departments has been awarded a three-year $418,869 grant from the...
A UW-La Crosse alumnus is providing career readiness while promoting conservation in Wisconsin. Matthew Brantner revived a Wisconsin conservation corps after a six-year long hiatus.
Gar Amunson, superintendent of parks for the City of La Crosse, recalls when an enthusiastic Brantner came into his office with the goal of starting WisCorps more than five years ago.
“You have to go a long way to find someone with that much energy and ambition,” says Amunson. “He’s done it and he’s been very successful.”
Brantner has built the...