The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Office of Career Services recognized Integrys Energy Group this week for a decade-long partnership that has provided tremendous benefit to both the University and the energy provider.
Chancellor Tom Harden represented UW-Green Bay in presenting Bill Laakso, Integrys’ vice president for human resources and communications, with an award of recognition for the company’s ongoing partnership.
In 2003, UW-Green Bay and Integrys — then Wisconsin Public Service Corp. — took steps to formalize and expand efforts to place UW-Green Bay students and graduates in jobs and internships.
Over the past 10 years, Integrys and its many representatives have participated in 18 job and internship fairs, interviewed 345 students, led more than 20 classroom presentations, provided funds for an interview room in the Student Services building, and hired more than 110 student interns and 57 new graduates. The company was named UW-Green Bay Placement’s Recruitment Partner of the Year in 2007.
“We are extremely proud of the 10-year partnership and grateful for the opportunity to partner with this outstanding organization,” said UW-Green Bay Dean of Enrollment Services Mike Stearney.
“The partnership has allowed us to provide valuable learning opportunities for our students and well-qualified employees to meet Integrys workforce needs,” he said. “Many young careers have been launched through this partnership, and in many important and significant ways, the lives of young professionals have been shaped by the good work done both by the Integrys team and the UW-Green Bay Career Services staff.”
Alana Renier, a 2007 UWGB graduate, is an example of the power of the partnership. She interned at Integrys and is now employed there in the corporate accounting area.
“My internship at Integrys Energy Group was very valuable in several ways,” said Reiner. “I got to experience the ‘real world’ of what working in my major would be like after graduation, the experience was a boost to my resume when looking at full-time positions, and I got my foot in the door at a great company.”
The lunchtime celebration was held in the University Union on Monday, September 9.
– Story by UWGB Communications Intern Cheyenne Makinia, (Ladysmith, Wis.)
– Photo by UW-Green Bay Career Services