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The Wisconsin Foundation for
Independent Colleges, Incorporated

                   

2005 College to Work Guidelines

2005 College to Work Application

Tips for applying for College to Work


(Submit your application to WFIC by email with required attachments at )

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
In 1999, WFIC designed the College-to-Work Program to address critical labor shortages by linking talented student interns directly with supporting companies. Our colleges educate Wisconsin’s future workforce, providing majors in areas such as MIS, Prince2 training, human resources, computer and technical fields, sales and marketing, journalism, communications, accounting, engineering, and graphic design.

Over the past several years, educators, employers, partywall surveyors, legislators, and community leaders in Wisconsin have begun considering how to address brain drain in our state. WFIC stakeholders believe that part of the solution is to better align the resources of Wisconsin’s twenty private colleges with the needs of Wisconsin industry. The WFIC College-to-Work Initiative allows companies to form relationships early with talented, locally educated students who will become the workforce of tomorrow.

Twenty-two organizations are planning on launching successful College-to-Work programs through WFIC in Summer 2004. In fact, having funded the first College-to-Work pilot in 1999, Cobalt Corporation hired their first graduated intern in a permanent, full-time position within the company.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
College-to-Work takes a step further than other scholarship programs, offering students educational internship opportunities in addition to scholarship dollars. Program components include:
Scholarship Funds: Currently, our College-to-Work scholarships award students between $1,500 and $3,500 toward their tuition costs.
Educational Internships: Internships can be either part time during the academic year or full time during the summer. Most last 10 weeks & allow students to apply their classroom learning on the job. Some interns are paid hourly, while others receive a stipend to cover transportation & housing costs.
Company Mentors: Each student is assigned a mentor who introduces them to the company and ensures that their educational goals are met.
Strategic Programming: WFIC tailors each College-to-Work program’s guidelines to the sponsoring company’s mission, objectives, and budget by targeting student populations or fields of study where the company has been traditionally short of needed talent. WFIC can also focus the program on a particular college, group of colleges, or geographical area to which the sponsoring company has a commitment.

PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION
WFIC employs a professional College-to-Work coordinator to administer program logistics, including:
Program Development: In coordination with the sponsoring company, WFIC develops a program budget, timeline, and application guidelines. In addition, WFIC creates a complete public relations/communications plan for each College-to-Work program.
Introductions: WFIC coordinates a videoconference meeting between company and college representatives before the program launches to clarify program goals and selection criteria. WFIC also coordinates introductions between company mentors, student interns, and college representatives.
Recruitment, Selection, and Retention: In cooperation with the sponsoring company and financial aid officers, deans, and faculty members at the colleges, WFIC recruits and selects applicants. The College-to-Work coordinator also remains in contact with students during their internship experience.
Assessment: Company and student surveys following the internship experience help WFIC evaluate program impact and improve program services.

Check with your Campus Career Services Office for more information or call WFIC at

 
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