Several students from the region are currently employed through the Cooperative Education Program at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Approximately 835 students participate annually in the university's Cooperative Education Program that integrates college studies with work experience in industry, business, government or public service, according to Career Services' Cooperative Education Coordinator Bethany Delong.

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Students who participate in the program acquire practical career-related experience in a professional setting, apply academic knowledge and skills to a co-op learning experience related to their profession and develop professional, career-related transferable skills. Through the program, students leave campus for a period of up to one year to work nationally or internationally to further develop their professional skills as they prepare for full-time careers.

Among the participants are Heather Rothbauer, Roberts, who is enrolled in the Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management program. She is working at Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center, Sturgeon Bay.

Somerset students participating include Trent Brotzler, a student in Engineering Technology - Mechanical Design. He's an engineering intern at Silgan Containers Manufacturing Corp., Menomonie; Matthew Peters, a student in Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management, is working in the activities entertainment and front office at Kalahari Resorts, Wisconsin Dells; and Austin Seibel, a plastics engineering student, is a project engineer intern at Spectrum Plastics Group, St. Louis Park, Minn.