Students, Businesses Attend Signing and Orientation Event
Janesville, WI
06/13/2019 01:06 PM
Students, Businesses Attend Signing and Orientation Event

(Rock County, WI) – Today, more than 125 individuals gathered at Blackhawk Technical College’s Central Campus to kick-off the 2019 Rock Internship program. Thirty-eight incoming high school seniors, from eight districts, and over 20 employers were recognized during the event. In addition to these festivities, interns participated in employment onboarding activities and a professional development workshop.

The 2019 Rock Internship Program provides a structured six-week, paid earning-and-learning opportunity. A competitive application process, which was augmented by a series of interviews, was used to identify and then match-up interns with their host worksites. Student Academic & Career Plans (ACPs), which serve as the foundational element of the Inspire Rock County initiative, and consultation with school district personnel served as additional match-making
resources, as well.

Over the course of the program’s six weeks, interns will have an opportunity to immerse themselves into a meaningful career pathway experience. In addition to gaining first-hand, career based exposure, interns will also have opportunities to: develop or improve communication,critical thinking, leadership and teamwork skills; facilitate important networking connections; and sharpen their interviewing, job searching and resume building experiences.

The Rock Internship Program is a collaborative effort between Blackhawk Technical Colleg (BTC), Rock County 5.0 and the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board
(SWWDB). Additional support for the 2019 program has been provided by the Janesville Foundation, as well.
The following group of employers are participating in the program by sponsoring one or more interns: Angus Young Associates, Beloit Snappers, Beloit Health System, Best Events, Blackhawk Technical College, City/Town of Beloit Fire Departments, Diamond Assets, Forward Janesville, Frito-Lay, Kerry, HealthNet, Johnson Financial Group, Mercy Health Corporation, North American Tool, R.H. Batterman, Rock County, Rock Energy Systems, SASid and SC

Rock County 5.0 is a public / private economic development initiative focused on repositioning
and revitalizing Rock County’s economy. The initiative’s efforts, which are dedicated toward identifying and nurturing economic opportunities, accelerating growth and growing local assets, include the following strategic focus areas: Business Retention & Expansion, Business & Investment Attraction, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Real Estate Positioning and Workforce Profiling. For additional Rock County 5.0 information, visit
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About Evansville

Founded in 1839, Evansville was originally referred to as the “the Grove” in reference to a stand of trees just northwest of town. Although our name has changed, Evansville has maintained its charm and small-town, friendly atmosphere.

Our historic roots are important to us, as shown by the numerous restoration projects undertaken by the City of Evansville and downtown businesses over the past decade. Today, the bulk of the buildings along Evansville’s Main Street, and even the brick-paved street itself, have been returned to their former glory.

While we honor the past, we are ever moving forward. Organizations that support new businesses and ideas, as well as our strong K-12 school district are all evidence of Evansville’s investments in our future.

Central Location

Evansville is conveniently located between Janesville and Madison in the northwest corner of Rock County. Positioned within a two hours’ drive of Milwaukee or Chicago, our location ensures the timely delivery of your products, by rail or by road, into the heart of the Midwestern market.

Currently, the Landmark Services Cooperative takes advantage of our centralized location and rail access, operating a distribution operation complete with truck as well as rail terminals in the community. This state-of-the art facility can load corn onto rail cars at the rate of 62,000 bushels an hour – that’s just over 2 minutes per rail car!

Educated, Skilled Workforce

In addition to our centralized location, Evansville boasts a well-educated workforce, with nearly a quarter of residents above age 25 holding a Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional, or Doctorate degree. For individuals and/or organizations seeking additional training opportunities, Rock County is home to a number of Education & Training Resources, offering a variety of programs to fit most professional and organizational needs.

Quality of Life

With an estimated commuter rate of over 75%, Evansville is home to a large number of families who find value in our quality schools, beautiful parks, as well as the retail and arts district located in our Historic Downtown. With close proximity to some of Rock County‘s finest parks (Gibb’s Lake, Magnolia Bluff), Evansville is home to historic preservationists, outdoor enthusiasts, professionals, and artists alike. As a Discover Wisconsin Choice Destination, Evansville offers residents small-town charm with family-oriented activities for all ages throughout the year.

For more information about the community of Evansville, download our Business Directory & Community Guide.

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