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Congratulations to Wally Wheeler of Image 360 for being named the Chamber's Ambassador of the Quarter. Thanks Wally for all that you do for the Ambassadors and the Chamber!
Congratulations to Brooke Petska, Marawood Construction, on being named Chamber Ambassador Rookie of the Year. Brooke's dedication and support of the Chamber for the past year has been very much appreciated!
Eau Claire-based construction firm Market & Johnson hosted an Apprenticeship Signing Day on May 17 for high school students who plan to join the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters Apprenticeship after graduation. Much like the National Signing Day for student athletes, the event was to celebrate students who are choosing a career in the skilled building trades.
Upper left: Steve Mann, NCSRCC, speaks about the value of the apprenticeship
Upper right: Jerry Shea, President of Market & Johnson, congratulates students on their decision
Lower left: Drew Seveland, Eau Claire Area School District, speaks about the value of a trades career
Lower right: Students signing letters of sponsorship
"They are making a career path choice for a family supping career." It's also a way of getting an education without going into debt," said Steve Mann, Business Representative for NCSRCC.
Students from area high schools signed a letter of sponsorship with a union contractor. Four high school seniors signed their apprenticeship papers, joining Carpenters Local 1074, and took the first step towards a career in the skilled building trades. John Schancer and Carter Verdegan, from School District of Flambeau, and Mason Thurston, from Eau Claire North High School, will be earning while they learn on projects with Market & Johnson, while Luke Mayer, from Neillsville School District, joined Kraemer Construction.
Jerry Shea, President, Market & Johnson agrees, “Market & Johnson is proud to team up with our local high schools and our labor partners to make the Youth Apprenticeship a success for all. We thank those leaders who have made this possible, and we welcome our Youth Apprentice Graduates to an exciting and fulfilling career in construction.”
Posted by Scott Rogers, Governmental Affairs & Workforce Director
ThinkEauClaire.com, the website and video launched by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce for use by local employers to help them recruit talent from outside the area, has earned the “Digital Campaign of the Year” award from the Mid America Chamber Executives (MACE). The award was presented last week at the organization’s annual conference in Sioux Falls, SD.
“As the Chamber rolled out its Employers Workforce Initiative in 2018, a recurring theme among companies was the need for a persuasive tool to assist them in asserting the positive attributes of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley region,” said Dave Minor, Eau Claire Chamber President and CEO. “Our community has recently gained significant attention in regional and national media for its cultural, economic and outdoor recreation qualities, and employers want to take advantage of this as they interact with potential employees from other areas.”
Left: Scott Rogers, Governmental Affairs & Workforce Director and Dave Minor, President & CEO
Right: 2019 Digital Campaign of the Year Award, Mid America Chamber Executives
To accomplish this, the Chamber partnered with Volume One, the local media organization that has been a significant catalyst in Eau Claire’s ascendance. It funded the production of the website and video to highlight the unique attributes of Thriving, Working and Living in the Chippewa Valley, including testimonials from individuals who’ve recently moved to the area. “The video is evocative of the spirit of the community and especially designed to appeal to individuals and families who would be drawn to the characteristics of Eau Claire that appeal to their lifestyles,” said Scott Rogers, the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs & Workforce Director.
By simply linking to the ThinkEauClaire.com URL, local employers can use it to tell the community’s story to complement their own company’s story and benefits. The website itself was carefully designed to be graphically interesting and both mobile and desktop friendly. There is an accompanying Facebook page: www.facebook.com/thinkeauclaire/
The project was built in a way that also makes it feasible for employers to customize the website and video to specifically promote their own organizations. The first to do this was Royal Credit Union, a major regional financial institution headquartered in downtown Eau Claire. See: https://www.rcu.org/about-us/careers
The Think Eau Claire theme was also developed to support and complement the State of Wisconsin’s “Think-Make-Happen” talent marketing initiative, which especially targets Midwest millennials, Wisconsin alumni and former residents, and transitioning veterans.
The campaign was launched at the Chamber’s “Workforce Solutions Summit” on October 29, 2018. Since then, the video has achieved over 87,000 views, there have been more than 4,000 visitors to the website, and it appears near the top in Google search results for “Eau Claire relocation.” Website visitors have come primarily from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois, but other states consistently in the top 10 include California, Virginia, New York, Oregon and Texas.
Posted by Scott Rogers, Governmental Affairs & Workforce Director
The Chamber recently honored 60 area high school seniors and their chosen educators at the 35th Annual Excellence in Education Banquet. Students represented 10 area high schools.
Each participating school selects honored students based primarily on academic achievement, although other important attributes, such as leadership, character, enthusiasm, community involvement, communication skills and self-motivation, also were considered. The Excellence in Education Banquet also recognizes an additional student from each school who has exhibited extraordinary qualities and effort, above and beyond what is considered normal or expected, and who is quite likely not a top academic achiever. Each student was asked to select an educator who incited a special interest in a specific subject or learning in general, demonstrated exceptional knowledge, served as a mentor or caused the student to do more than what might be considered possible.
For a list of all student and educator honorees, click here.
In addition, the following honorees received Special Educator Awards:
Jack Kaiser of Cigan Properties/Banbury Place, was the keynote speaker. Bob Gallaher of WEAU 13 News was the emcee.
The event is made possible by the following sponsors:
Platinum Sponsor: Marshfield Clinic Health System
Gold Sponsors: Banbury Place, Bush Brothers, Charter Bank, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire Area School District, Fall Creek Lions Club, Madison St. Auto Body Inc., Mayo Clinic Health System, McDonough Manufacturing Company, Memorial High School Student Council, NBI, Inc., North High School Student Council, PESI, Inc., Regis Catholic Schools, Rhom Construction, Royal Credit Union, School District of Eleva-Strum, SDS Architects, Student Transit-Eau Claire, Inc., Sylvan Learning Center and Weld, Riley S.C.
Silver Sponsors: Eau Claire Energy Cooperative, Lions Club of Mondovi, Manpower, Marten Transport, Ltd., Osseo-Fairchild School District, School District of Mondovi, UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc.
Bronze Sponsors: AAUW, Altoona Area Foundation, Altoona Board of Education, Augusta School District, CliftonLarsonAllen, Eau Claire Area Retired Educators Association, Eau Claire Association of Educators, Fall Creek School District, Hillside Dental, Ltd., Kris Javurek, Kleven Real Estate, L&M Mail & Courier, Minnesota Wire, Realityworks, Inc., REALiving, School District of Altoona, School District of Gilmanton, and Wipfli.
In-Kind Sponsors: Altoona High School, Brent Douglas Flowers and Aaron Roths Photography.
The Ambassador Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Pat Durch, Wipfli, has been selected as Ambassador of the Month for September 2018.
Pat is being recognized for his participation in Chamber and Ambassador activities. Thank you, Pat, for your time and hard work.
The Ambassador Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Phil Swiler, Loffler Companies, has been selected as Ambassador of the Month for August 2018. Phil is being recognized for his participation in Chamber and Ambassador activities. Thank you, Phil, for your time and hard work.
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The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.