Katelynn Selig not only has a full-time job waiting for her when she graduates in May from University of Wisconsin-Stout, but she’s confident that she can jump in and perform at a high level.
Selig, of Rosemount, Minn., will begin work in food service sales at Hormel Foods in the company’s Dallas, Texas, office.
Hormel, based in Austin, Minn., is a Fortune 500 company and among the world’s largest food service companies.
“I’m excited about the job and moving to Dallas. I’ll be working with chefs and many others in the food industry to market the many products that Hormel has available,” Selig said.
Part of Selig’s success and confidence stem from a Cooperative Education program experience last summer through Career Services at UW-Stout. She was one of 18 program participants honored recently with a Meritorious Achievement Award.
A business administration major, Selig worked from May until August at an Enterprise Rent-A-Car franchise in Apple Valley, Minn. She went into the job a little unsure about her real-world sales skills but left knowing that she had made big strides.
“I had to come out of my comfort zone and learn the sales techniques. I owe a lot to Enterprise. The training was awesome,” Selig said. “I didn’t feel like an intern. I was learning to manage a small business and focus on sales.”
Selig said UW-Stout’s business administration program, specifically accounting and sales classes, prepared her to do well at Enterprise and, ultimately, to land the job with Hormel.
Selig deserves the Co-op Education award, according to Bill Kryshak, an associate professor of business and Selig’s faculty mentor. He visited her last summer during an Enterprise co-op presentation day.
“Katelynn was recognized for her work ethic, her performance and her leadership skills that were observed by her supervisors while she was on her co-op,” Kryshak said. “She did not just look to meet the basic requirements for a co-op but instead looked at this as an opportunity to learn as much as possible about different management styles, the basics of financial management and how to interact with peers and customers. She kept learning to the day she left the co-op.”
The Cooperative Education Meritorious Achievement Award is given to students who apply and are selected by the program’s Advisory Committee. Students are recognized for excellence and achievements in their cooperative positions, for contributions to their employers and for academic achievement.
A record total of 927 UW-Stout students had co-op work experiences with 550 employers last year through Career Services. Students earn a wage, receive a grade and get academic credit for their efforts. The average wage was $13.15 an hour.
Other Meritorious Award winners, their majors, employers and faculty mentors are:
• Zachary Basten, of Menasha, graphic design; Leinenkugel Brewing; John Vorwald
• Alexander Flora, of Phillips, applied science; Stephen J. Weddle, DDS; Ann Parsons
• Kaitlyn Hafeman, of Madison, hotel, restaurant and tourism management; Holiday Inn — Six Titles Management; Kristal Gerdes
• Jena Hanson, of St. Paul, business administration; Best Buy; Nancy Murray
• Sarah Hibbing, of Woodbury, Minn., retail merchandising and management; Sears Holdings; Nancy Murray
• Brian Hovick, of Appleton, construction; Lunda Construction; Mike Bowman
• Christopher Knutson, of Cottage Grove, Minn., construction; Kraus Anderson Construction; Mike Bowman
• Justin Krutza, of Stevens Point, information technology management; Rockwell Automation; Holly Yuan
• Branden Michelkamp, of Stevens Point, engineering technology; W.S. Darley; John Petro
• Ella Noterman, of Adams, Minn., graphic communications management; Independent Printing; Ted Bensen
• Anish Pohkrel, of Nepal, manufacturing engineering; Hutchinson Technology; Lin Stradins
• Mary Rivard, of Reedsburg, retail merchandising and management; Wal-Mart Stores; Nancy Murray
• Kenzie Schmaltz, of Madison, graphic design and interactive media; Andy Garcia Productions; John Vorwald
• Holly Schmidt, of Milwaukee, apparel design and development; Christopher and Banks; Gindy Neidermyer
• Joseph Scott, of Suamico, manufacturing engineering; Oshkosh Corporation; Lin Stradins
• Tiana Theiss, of North St. Paul, Minn., retail merchandising and management; Walt Disney World; Nancy Murray
• Xu Zhao, of China, applied mathematics and computer science; Ping An of China Life Insurance; Laura Schmidt
The university’s Cooperative Education program began in 1982. Since then more than 16,000 students have participated.
For more information, contact Career Services, 715-232-1601, or go to the website.