Employer finds value in Stout graduates

By Cory Gunderson —

Big Systems is a Wisconsin-based value-added reseller and systems integrator for 3-D printers and Wide Format Printing customers throughout the U.S. They also have three University of Wisconsin–Stout graduates working with their company.

“Management at Big Systems feels that Stout students bring much value because of Stout’s philosophy of applied learning. Stout students are ready for the workforce because of the hands-on experience they receive while earning their degrees,” said Stephanie Mercus, 3D Printing Sales Specialist and 1991 Stout graduate.

Stout students may provide a unique set of skills and training based on the university’s commitment to applied learning. Stout’s commitment to career-driven education has produced results for students, and the community has taken notice.

Stout boasts a 97.1 percent job placement rate for students in their chosen field less than six months after graduation. Kevin Waldvogel and Craig Lindow are both 2004 Stout graduates also with the company.

“Management has expressed interest in continuing to hire UW-Stout students,” Mercus said. The focus on industry and applied learning seems to be a significant asset for Stout students and employers looking for qualified graduates.

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