The University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently hosted the 2022 Spring Construction Networking Event. Held twice a year, the event allows UW-Platteville students to network with company representatives and learn about their projects, company culture, and job and internship opportunities. More than 200 students attended the spring event, networking with more than 23 companies.
“Both the spring and fall Construction Networking Events were a huge success,” said Gretchen Bockenhauer, lecturer and program coordinator of the Construction Management program. “We heard from the companies in attendance that they appreciated the opportunity to network with students in a more informal setting. They found the opportunity to sit around a table and engage in deeper conversation with students to be more meaningful than just a 30-second elevator pitch from each side.”
Not only was it a unique engagement opportunity for the construction industry companies and students, but also UW-Platteville alumni; 25 alumni attended the event.
“We are thankful to all the alumni who come back to campus and play a vital role in hiring our students,” said Shelby Lang, UW-Platteville alumni relations manager. “Watching alumni and students interact while having open conversations about the construction field was impressive to witness.”
Students also appreciated the format of the event.
“What I really like about this event is that it is only for construction management students,” said Allison Stencil, a senior from Greenville, Wisconsin, double majoring in construction management and construction safety management. “It was really nice to have that individualized opportunity, and it was really easy to have casual conversations with the companies.”
The 2022 Fall Construction Networking Event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 6-9 p.m. The fourth annual Construction Career Day will be held the same day. Visit https://uwplatt.edu/construction-day for more information or contact Bockenhauer at email@example.com.