In the School of Business and Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, we pride ourselves on our mission of creating career-ready graduates and leaders through applied learning. The Keith and Tammy Anderson Classroom to Career (C2C) Center provides a single location for UW-Stevens Point School of Business and Economics students to learn about majors, receive career and financial support, and discover internship and professional development opportunities. The Anderson C2C Center also serves as a hub for business outreach and event planning.
We have on a wall in the Anderson Center a quote from Keith which reads, in part, “No dream is too big for a Pointer.” Not only is that the spirit we want to embed in our students, it’s also how we approach our job of constantly improving the education of our students.
In 2010, then-Dean Joan North invited Prof. Elizabeth Martin to dedicate part of her time to programming that would improve School of Business and Economics students’ professional development. We started with some straight-forward goals, such as encouraging our students to attend Career Services workshops on campus. We didn’t stop there, however! We now have many outstanding programs housed in the Anderson Classroom to Career Center, all of which would have initially seemed out of reach:
From the beginning, our co-curricular programming has been developed with the support of, and guidance from, our incredibly strong alumni and employer community.
Before the start of our program, some of our largest local employers told us they wanted more ways–beyond the typical career fair visits–to connect with our students. Knowing how much our students could benefit from enhanced connections with employers, we saw how a vibrant co-curricular program could bring students and employers together.
Once our programming began, countless Corporate Partners, Business Advisory Council members and Pointer alumni have spoken at events, given feedback on student presentations and attended networking receptions and banquets. While we sometimes worry about overloading them with requests, the most frequent feedback we get is, “What else can we do?” Their generosity towards our students has been truly heartwarming.
We owe a special thank you to one particular alumnus, Keith Anderson, and one particular business, Northwestern Mutual. In 2015, these two supporters challenged us to do even more to improve the career-readiness of our students. In response, we developed our “Kickstart Your Career!” program which runs in the early part of every semester and includes special speakers, senior banquets, an etiquette dinner and a networking reception.