UW-Stout’s Graduates Find Job Market Success Thanks to Workplace Experiences

  UW-Stout’s Graduates Find Job Market Success Thanks to Workplace Experiences

Business Wire

MENOMONIE, Wis. -- April 22, 2014

Graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Stout have one thing in common: the
ability to leave campus and go right to work. Just over 97 percent of the
2012-13 UW-Stout graduates found jobs or were continuing their education
within six months of leaving campus, a new report showed.

“Everything we do at UW-Stout is aimed at ensuring our students are ready for
a successful and challenging career when they graduate,” said Chancellor
Charles W. Sorensen. “This report confirms that our students are highly valued
in the job market.”

For more than a decade, UW-Stout has maintained that 97 percent placement
rate, even through the worst recession since the Great Depression.

Officials attributed this workplace success to the “applied learning”
philosophy at UW-Stout, the large participation a cooperative education
program and an employment-focused undergraduate program array.

About 940 students participated in the UW-Stout cooperative education program
last year. Under the program, students get paid to work in a position related
to their major at a company and earn college credit. Since 1982, more than
17,000 students have participated in the UW-Stout co-op program.

One of those students was Maxwell Steuer, from Eau Claire, Wis., who now is a
system software engineer at Silicon Graphics International Corp. in Chippewa
Falls, Wisconsin. He had two workplace-experience positions under the co-op

“I would likely not be where I am today without this experience,” said Steuer,
who majored in computer engineering.

“The co-op program helps students gain hands-on experience, which prepares our
graduates for professional careers,” said Amy Lane, director of career
services. “The three partners for the co-op program include employers,
students and the university. We create experiences outside the classroom,
which allow students the ability to apply their learning to real-world

Evan Garvey, who graduated with a degree in packaging, also participated in
two co-op programs, which he found beneficial. Garvey is working as a
packaging engineer at Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth, Texas.

“This gave me a solid base of packaging knowledge and operations within two
different industries: food and consumer goods,” he said. “These experiences
gave me confidence when interviewing and allowed me to refer back to numerous
projects and experiences that I had during those co-ops.”

Sorensen, the UW-Stout chancellor, said he was pleased that the median
starting salary of UW-Stout graduates continued to climb, to $42,000 a year, a
13.5 percent increase from just two years ago. Twenty of the undergraduate
majors had 100 percent employment rates, and 10 majors had median salaries of
$50,000 or more.

“Not only are our graduates getting jobs, but they are receiving excellent
salaries,” Sorensen said.

Sorensen said he also was pleased that the percentage of students working in
their field of study continued to climb, to 81 percent in 2012-13, compared to
79.3 percent in 2011-012 and 77 percent in 2010-11.

The Career Services employment report had a response rate of 90 percent. The
complete report is available at


University of Wisconsin-Stout
Doug Mell, 715-232-1198
Executive Director of Communications and External Relations
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