Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - The Wisconsin Experience Bus Trip with 35 UW-Madison student leaders rolled into the Chippewa Valley Friday to learn from successful entrepreneurs.
The students had already visited Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Lac du Flambeau. The goal was to learn more about Wisconsin's culture and the Wisconsin Idea.
"What we learn, we take back to our respective organizations and bring it back to campus, because I think that's where it starts," UW-Madison student Jessica Franco-Morales said. "Once we foster it here, wherever we go, we take our experience with us."
They toured Advanced Laser Machining Tuesday. The business was started in 1996. Today, it has over 100 employees and operates in a 70,000 square food manufacturing space.
"Experiencing these kinds of things give you perspective," UW-Madison student Anthony Birch said. "These are the types of businesses and the types of people that improve communities and the state on a whole."
Students on the bus tour also incorporated volunteer work into their trip and have spent at the wildlife sanctuary near Madison and giving back in Milwaukee neighborhoods.