WAUSAU – Students from five area high schools this week participated in a unique program that aims to recruit local talent for future employment in a range of career fields.

Mosinee High School, Wausau East High School, Wausau West High School, Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School and Newman Catholic High School students attended the program at REI Engineering, Inc. as part of Careers in Action (CIA) Day.

CIA Day is a program designed to give the next generation workforce a behind the scenes look at the local business world. The program is a model for REI’s desire for strong business and academic partnerships, according to a news release issued Thursday.

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 involving the designing of an athletic complex using Mosinee’s own Mosinee Community Athletic Complex which is currently in design phase. Students were able to use a drone simulator that will be 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.