UPDATE: Thurs 2:46 PM, Dec. 19, 2013
Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates is now hiring to fill 150 management, training, and call center positions for its new office in Stevens Point.
The company tells NewsChannel 7, to date, they have filled 23 positions, from managers and supervisors to call center representatives.
Those employees are occupying a temporary space until Great Lakes can move into its permanent 20,758-square-foot property in downtown Stevens Point. The new call center, a repurposed retail space located at 1101 Centerpoint Drive, is currently undergoing renovations, and is expected to be fully operational in April.
They hope to have all of the positions filled in the permanent site by the summer.
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According to their website, Great Lakes provides customer service nationally to millions of people with student loans, and works to help students of all ages and backgrounds get into and through college.
Additionally, UW-Stevens Point and Mid-State Technical College have received grants from Great Lakes to help students from low-income households, minority students, and students who are the first in their families to attend college.
ORIGINAL STORY: Weds 6:24 PM, Dec. 19, 2013
Great Lakes will soon find a permanent home in Stevens Point and bring with it, new jobs. The governor was at an announcement for it Wednesday morning. The company assists college students with understanding their student loans. Since many young adults continue on to higher education, the governor says these jobs will be sustainable.
"Across the country, as we see in report after report, student loans are increasing, the cost of education is increasing," said Walker, "and Great Lakes is going to be one of those areas that's probably going to grow, rather than contract in the future."
The company is still looking to hire about 100 people. The new facility is expected to be up and running by March of 2014.
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