The Immersion Project - 2019 - 2020
"This program was the best on-boarding and training experience that I could imagine. The Immersion Project helped me understand local business, organizations, history, culture, leaders, influencers, and areas of opportunity."
-Kevin Porter, Assistant Vice President/Loan Officer, Intercity State Bank
2018 - 2019 Program Participant
The Immersion Project is unlike any other program in the region. It is an intensive year-long program designed to provide greater insight and perspective of the various aspects of the greater Wausau region through:
- Educational and behind-the-scene tours
- Interactive activities and experiences
- Meaningful discussions
- Access to business and community leaders
- Learn about the region's rich history and heritage
- Understand the aspects of government, public safety and the judicial system
- Engage in discussion about issues that face the region
- Connect with local education partners
- Learn about the importance and impact of business and entrepreneurship
- Understand the important roles and impact of service organizations
- Gain a deeper understanding of what makes the region thrive and why the greater Wausau region is a great place to live, work and play
- Identify volunteer and involvement opportunities and ways to get involved
- Expand and enrich personal and professional networks
- Cultivate a sense of "belonging", engagement and social responsibility
Why it is important for employers to support this program:
- Employer support demonstrates commitment for employee professional development and future leaders in the region
- Employees have an opportunity to expand and enrich their personal and professional networks, which is especially valuable for those who have recently relocated to the area
- Employees who are engaged are more likely to remain in the region
- Employees develop a greater personal and professional vision and "big picture" thinking
- Employees can be ambassadors for a business or organization's recruitment efforts by adequately being able to communicate why the greater Wausau region is a great place to live, work and play
Who should participate:
- Individuals who are new to the area and are interested in becoming deeply acquainted the the region
- Individuals who've lived in the region for some/most of their lives and would like to gain a better understanding of the environment in which they work, live and play
- Individuals of all ages, professional levels and industries
This program requires participants to be standing and walking during all sessions. Every attempt will be made to accommodate those who are physically unable to stand or walk for long periods of time.
Session Topics & Dates:
Session 1: Welcome & Introduction │Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Session 2: History & Heritage │Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Session 3: Community Development │Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Session 4: Community Issues │Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Session 5: Government │Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Session 6: Education │Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Session 7: Business & Industry │Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Session 8: Entrepreneurship │Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Session 9: Non-Profit Organizations │Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Session 10: Public Safety/Judicial System │Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Session 11: Quality of Life │Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Session 12: Program Wrap Up │Tuesday, August 11, 2020
NOTE: Attendance at all sessions is not required, however, it is encouraged to maximize the impact of the program.
The Immersion Project for the 2019 - 2020 program year is limited to the first 25 participants.
Below is a brief glimpse of what the participants can expect during the program, plus much more!
Session 1: Welcome & Introduction
Exercise your problem-solving, innovation, shared leadership, and communication skills by participating in various networking and team building activities. These experiences will help you to create a closer bond with the members of your cohort while building trust and developing a deeper understanding of how to work collaboratively with one another.
Session 2: History & Heritage
Create a connection to the region in which you live, work and play. Learn about the local community, its historic roots, and how it has evolved over the years. Gary Gisselman, librarian with the Marathon County Historical Society, will provide a historical presentation on the region's early history and community leaders.
Session 3: Community Development
Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions directly to community development representatives from local municipalities and to gain a deeper understanding of what is going on in our local communities and ways to get involved. Participants will also learn about current and future development projects and the role that area foundations play in supporting community development.
Session 4: Community Issues
Learn about pressing issues impacting our community and the support services and resources available locally.
Session 5: Government
Gain a deeper understanding and awareness of important topics and issues relevant to the area by learning about our local government.
Session 6: Education
Become informed of how our K-12 and Higher education partners are cultivating a vibrant talent pipeline and preparing tomorrow's workforce for future careers.
Session 7: Business & Industry
Tour local businesses and hear from industry leaders on topics pertinent to business and commerce and the economic development of our region.
Session 8: Entrepreneurship
Learn about the entrepreneurial spirit of the region and the resources that are available to help businesses get started and accelerate their growth locally
Session 9: Non-Profit Organizations
Engage with local service and non-profit organizations and learn how they are making a difference in the community. Learn how you can get involved and make a real impact.
Session 10: Public Safety/Judicial System
Learn first-hand about the public safety initiatives of Marathon County through behind the scenes presentations and private tours.
Session 11: Quality of Life
One of the most unique aspects of the region is the area's commitment to the arts, culture and recreation. Experience the features that make the Greater Wausau Region a great place to call home.
Session 12: Program Wrap Up
Celebrate your successes and achievements by reflecting on your experiences and the relationships you've gained throughout the Immersion Project.
NOTE: The content, presenters, and scheduled events for each session is subject to change at anytime without notice.
"I struggled to see a future here. I saw a future in my work life, but I struggled to find a home life here. Seeing how the area's non-profits care about the community and make a visible impact, it showed me that I can make an impact as well. I love the entrepreneurship and spirit of those in this community."
-Pari Cecchini, Engineer at Greenheck
2017 - 2018 Program Participant
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