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High School Students Gained Hands-on Experience at REI


On Wednesday, April 13th, students from Mosinee High School and Wausau West High School visited REI Engineering, Inc.(REI) as part of Careers in Action (CIA) Day.


CIA Day is a program designed to give high school students a behind the scenes look at the local business world. It is a true model for REI’s desire for strong business and academic partnerships. It accomplishes the community issue of recruiting local talent and retaining them for our future.


"CIA Day provides our high school students with opportunities to make educated informed decisions about their future based on real world experiences,” said Mosinee High School School to Career Coordinator, Denny Flathom.


At REI Engineering, the students explored careers in Civil Engineering, Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), Environmental/Safety Consulting, and Land Surveying through a series of learning station activities that included both discussion platforms and hands-on experience. The students also had the opportunity to ask REI professionals about their careers and learn more about local projects.


REI Engineering created three specific stations for the students to explore. The Civil Engineering and CADD exercise offered insight into the intricate activities involved in the designing of an athletic complex using Mosinee’s own Mosinee Community Athletic Complex which is currently in design phase. There was an exciting hands-on activity exploring the finite capabilities of a Total Station and Global Positioning System (GPS) unit used by Land Surveyors. Students also participated in a water sampling activity and tour of REI’s Emergency Response trailer directed by REI’s Environmental/Safety Team.