Local business Ascential to accounting students
By Kelsey Hoff
A Racine company is continuing its partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Parkside by offering students important experience through accounting internships. Ascential is a facility maintenance and management company founded by President and CEO Peter Mohrhauser in his basement in 1992. Now the company has branches in 12 states and has been recognized for its success. The company's commitment to a friendly and flexible work environment is one reason for its growth.
Three current UW-Parkside students--Sabiha Ajmeri, Lauren Axelson, and Lauren Bradshaw--are interning at Ascential. And UW-Parkside graduate and former Ascential intern Monica Pheng has been hired for a full-time position.
Pheng said working at Ascential gave her more than just accounting experience; she learned about different aspects of the business to become a more well-rounded and valuable employee. She likes that the company is small enough to care about individual workers.
The partnership started in the Racine Unified School District as a co-op program for RUSD's Future Business Leaders of America. Some students wanted to maintain their relationship with the company after graduation, so Ascential made the accounting internships available through RangerTrak.
UW-Parkside sophomore Lauren Bradshaw has had a long term relationship with Ascential. She started in the co-op program as a junior in high school, and continues to intern there. She said the company is "welcoming," and that it put her on the right path towards an accounting career; she has gained experience with invoicing and customer service, and improved her communication and time management skills.
More opportunities will appear on RangerTrak in the near future. The position is a paid part-time accounting job, and Ascential is willing to work with the university to give students credit for their work. Applicants should have at least junior standing.
This mutually beneficial working relationship between Ascential and UW-Parkside has added value to the business climate in southeastern Wisconsin. Students interested in accounting careers are advised to monitor RangerTrak for future opportunities.Shown in the photo, front row from left, are Ascential's Monica Pheng and UW-Parkside student interns Sabiha Ajmeri and Lauren Axelson. Back row from left are Ascential executives Tom Atkinson, chief financial officer; president & CEO Peter Mohrhauser, and company controller Miriam Erickson.