By Nathan Phelps
Seth Huttner knows where he wants to be when he graduates from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point this spring: Wisconsin.
The Germantown native is finishing up his degree in science education. He was one of about a thousand students taking classes on campus in January during a multi-week winter break between semesters.
“I’m really attached to the Milwaukee area, so I want to go back home and look for a teaching job there,” he said. “If (the jobs) aren’t there, or aren’t the right fit for me, I’m willing to move around the state. But I really want to stay in Wisconsin.”
It’s not just Wisconsin that wants Huttner; it’s other states, too, setting up a national competition for young talent.
In 2017, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin's State of Opportunity series looked at efforts to attract and retain young workers in Wisconsin through the lens of the state's changing image. Reporters profiled entrepreneurs, students, artists and young professionals from around the state about why they live here (or don't), opportunities and challenges they face and what it is about the state that will make them— and others their age — choose to stay.