“We place the students in our engineers’ shoes, give them all the materials and software, and have them implement the same solutions into a demo environment. It's as close to real-world experience as you can get, outside of an internship or co-op,” said Lannue, a 2018 CNIT alum.
Strengthening student experiences through faculty partnerships
HBS’ partnership with CNIT Program Director Holly Yuan and faculty helps strengthen student experiences as well.
HBS employees also serve on the CNIT advisory committee, support students through mock interviews and offer classroom presentations on topics such as Who is HBS?; What is Computer Networking?; Career Paths in IT; Technologies used Within the Industry; and Q&A panels.
“Holly and the CNIT advisers work tirelessly to make the program align with industry needs,” Robinson said. “Our involvement on advisory boards allows us to contribute to the curriculum and provide valuable insight into our business and customer needs.”
Applied learning and collaboration with external partners, like Heartland Business Systems, is at the core of UW-Stout’s mission as Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University.
A record-setting 1,130 students engaged in hands-on learning experiences during the 2021-22 Cooperative Education and Internship Program season. And according to Career Services’ most recent First Destination report, the overall employment rate of graduates was 99.4%, the best in the region.
The Career Conference this fall semester is scheduled Monday, Sept. 25, through Thursday, Sept. 28. Career Conferences are open to UW-Stout students, alumni, faculty and staff. Employers recruit students and alumni for professional positions and co-op and internship opportunities. More than 325 companies from across the United States participated in Career Conference Week last spring.