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On Jan. 21, Kenosha News Editorial Page Editor Steve Lund wrote, "Promoting real-world, career-track experiences for students will be good for students. If state officials are correct that companies are having a hard time finding candidates for certain skilled jobs, internships might be valuable to the employers as well."
I couldn't agree more. At UW-Parkside we are focused on preparing students to meet the region's knowledge needs, today and in the future. The ability to learn new skills, work collaboratively to develop solutions, and deliver results in competitive industries is greatly dependent on community and business connections that enable students to learn in the same professional environments where they will contribute upon graduation.
Across all academic disciplines, we are dedicated to equipping students with both academic knowledge and high-impact learning experiences. Internships serve as a cornerstone on the path to graduation by providing an important set of problem-solving opportunities that accelerate learning. Hundreds of UW-Parkside students who participate in internships and experiential-based learning report satisfaction knowing their projects benefit the community and help focus life and career goals. Here is a recap for this academic year:
While these statistics are impressive, it's the story they tell that's important. Every day, UW-Parkside students and faculty are working in collaboration with our business community to develop the talent needed for sustained success. The strategic alignment of faculty, students, businesses, and community organizations creates learning experiences based on real-world challenges.
And, we welcome new business and community partners as we develop internships and community-based learning experiences to prepare students for tomorrow's opportunities. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or our Advising and Career Center at email@example.com – or visit http://uwp.edu/connect/businessandcommunity to learn more.
Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Parkside