The 24th annual WORKFORCE Career and Internship Fair

The 24th annual WORKFORCE Career and Internship Fair will be held on Monday, February 23rd, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at State Fair Park in Milwaukee. The career fair is organized by the Wisconsin Private College Career Consortium (WIPCCC), the career services offices at all 23 Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) members. WORKFORCE provides an opportunity for over 160 employers to be introduced to over 1,000 of the “best and brightest” soon-to-be college grads as well as to alumni/ae/ of WAICU schools. Employer interest in WORKFORCE has grown year after year. Due to our large numbers of students and employers, last year WORKFORCE moved from off campus to our current location – the Exposition Center at State Fair Park.

This event is open only to students enrolled in or graduated from a WAICU-member private college or university such as Marquette University, Concordia University Wisconsin or MSOE among others (see WisconsinsPrivateColleges.org). It provides students and alumni with unparalleled opportunities to interact with recruiters, employers, and graduate schools to   learn about exciting internships, employment opportunities, or graduate programs.

WORKFORCE has become Wisconsin’s premier career and internship fair. Employers and recruiters are very enthusiastic about WORKFORCE, saying they found the fair to be extremely helpful in finding quality candidates for positions and internships. Students describe it as a great experience that helped them gain knowledge of what is expected of them in their chosen profession.  This year WORKFORCE has added new opportunities for students and alumni: graduate schools will be there to discuss exciting education options and programs.

Students and graduates who are interested in participating should call the career services office on their respective campuses or they can register on line at http://www.wipccc.org/student.shtml. Employers are encouraged to visit http://www.wipccc.org/employers.shtml to register for the event and to learn more.

Last year, over 150 employers and more than 1,000 students participated in WORKFORCE. This year, the event is expected to have even more employers and students. We have added a new feature for employers to utilize: Interview rooms. If employers wish to interview students immediately, they can utilize the interview rooms to further discuss the student’s qualifications.

Dr. Rolf Wegenke, WAICU president, commended WIPCCC for its leadership and hard work. “This group of college leaders demonstrates a passion for our students and graduates that that translates into collaborative action. WAICU was created so we can “work together for educational opportunity,” he said. “WIPCCC is making it happen.” He also noted that the Wisconsin Technology Council has just identified talent development and attraction as one of its top policy goals and that Wisconsin's private, nonprofit colleges and universities are responding.

For more information, contact the career service office on your campus or Mark Navarro, WAICU director of outreach, at 608.256.7761, ext. 237.