MENOMONIE – Members of the Wisconsin Technology Council met Monday and Tuesday at UW-Stout, where they heard from Chancellor Robert Meyer on the university’s ties to the business and technology communities in western Wisconsin and beyond.

State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, spoke Monday night to a gathering of Tech Council board members and community leaders. Harsdorf represents the 10th Senate District, is chairwoman of the Senate’s higher education committee and is a member of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee.

Meyer noted UW-Stout’s 97.3 percent placement rate for its graduates, which is based on employment or graduate school admission within six months of graduation. He also outlined the university’s programs designed to connect students and researchers with businesses.

The Tech Council board meets quarterly in different locations across Wisconsin. Upcoming meetings will be held in Waukesha (Carroll University) and Verona (Epic).