Citizens State Bank, Cadott, has partnered with UW-Eau Claire. The Bank has hired two graduates of the Spring 2020 class of UW-Eau Claire into full-time, permanent roles. The bank has multiple graduates from University of Wisconsin system colleges, with the majority being from UW-Eau Claire.

Collin Kurcz was hired in January 2020 as a part-time credit analyst while finishing school. With his graduation and a business economics degree, Kurcz is transitioning into a full-time role. As a credit analyst, Kurcz is responsible for reviewing and analyzing financial information to assess risk. While in school, Kurcz was actively engaged in collegiate groups including holding leadership positions.

Madeline Oliver was hired in March 2020 into an accounting role. With her degree in accounting, she is responsible for a variety of accounting responsibilities including financial balancing and reporting. The bank recently created a stand-alone accounting department and, with this, Oliver will also be tasked with streamlining processes and creating efficiencies. Oliver comes with not only educational experience, but previous accounting-related work experience.

Tim Cruciani, President/CEO of Citizens State Bank and a 1984 UW-Eau Claire graduate, says, “I’m am pleased to have Collin and Madeline join an already great team! I am also excited to develop a long-term relationship with the University of Wisconsin system colleges, especially my alma mater. I look forward to the continued partnership and the high-level candidates they help develop for our communities.”

Through their educational pursuits, both graduates have gained applicable business knowledge as well as skills in critical thinking, leadership, and collaboration. Citizens State Bank is proud of its continued partnership with UW-Eau Claire. The bank strongly believes that the university is molding future citizens for the community through exceptional educational experiences and a focus on strong character development. Both Kurcz and Oliver are prime examples of the exemplary students and alumni of the University.

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