“My education and experiences here at Stout have meant the world to me,” she said. “I had high expectations for what my college experience would look like, and Stout exceeded all of them.”
Of the more than 1,700 graduates surveyed in the report, 57% were hired up to six months before they received their diplomas. Christiansen was among that group of nearly 1,000.
Student success is the leading goal of UW-Stout’s FOCUS2030 strategic plan.
One reason for UW-Stout’s strong hired-before-graduation tradition is the Cooperative Education and Internship Program. It continues to connect students, especially juniors and seniors, to business and industry as they prepare to start their careers. In 2020-21, 1,031 students had a co-op or internship.
All of UW-Stout's undergraduate programs require at least one experiential learning activity before graduation. This includes co-ops, internships, practicums and field experiences.
Many students, including 226 from the recent graduate group, have more than one such experience while at UW-Stout.
Of the surveyed graduates, one-third, such as Christiansen at Target, who had co-ops or internships accepted full-time positions with the same company.
“Our collaboration with industry and hands-on curriculum help prepare students to make immediate impacts,” Barts said.