Opportunities in Wisconsin
Hughes was pleased to see the university programs addressing workforce needs and industry solutions, one of the goals of the UW System.
UW-Stout’s FOCUS2030 strategic plan includes providing students access to cutting edge technology, innovative programs and collaborative partnerships. In 2021, CollegeValuesOnline ranked UW-Stout No. 26 in the U.S. for its ties to business and industry and how those ties benefit students.
“Higher education and economic development are inextricably related and have been throughout Wisconsin’s history,” Hughes said. “The University of Wisconsin is one of the economic engines of our state: it educates our workforce, undertakes research that benefits our industries from biohealth and technology to advanced manufacturing and food and beverage production.”
Now is a great time to be working toward a college degree in Wisconsin, Hughes said.
“The career opportunities in Wisconsin are immense. It’s really a seller’s market for workers. In every corner of the state, we’re seeing new businesses starting up and adding new vitality to communities, whether they’re rural or urban. Many of these jobs require the kind of skills and knowledge that the UW provides, so there’s often a seamless transition from college into careers,” Hughes said.
“Wisconsin’s economy is on the right track because of the strategic investments we’ve made in education, infrastructure and our communities over the past few years. We’re seeing those investments pay off, and it’s a great time for young people to be entering the job market,” Hughes added.