Wayne State College

Career Scholars Program Employers

Program Highlights

This new program supports your business, from student recruitment to employment. The Career Scholars Cooperative Education Program recruits qualified high school seniors who are committed to working and staying in Nebraska. Participants are offered a generous scholarship package for completing specific degree programs, where they’ll ultimately form the labor pool for high-skilled jobs in underserved areas. The program offers students an opportunity to afford their four-year degree while also providing them career experience. Students will be required to live in your community during their senior year at WSC, where they’ll complete immersive work-based learning experiences within the community. Simply put, they’ll learn by doing. Students will also participate in career readiness activities beginning their freshman year, including business site visits and job shadowing, all while learning the fundamentals of cooperative education.

Program goals

  • Retain talent between the ages of 20-34 in high-skilled, high-wage jobs to counter the current shortage of four-year degree holders in Nebraska
  • Increase the number of four-year high tech graduates in the fields of business, information technology, electronic media, journalism, or industrial technology who live and work in Nebraska
  • Provide students with a meaningful set of career-relevant skills and help them find employment in their field in Nebraska