Northern Michigan University will host a student-focused “Making it in Michigan” event that will highlight the value of work-based learning as part of the college experience. It is scheduled from 2-3:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in the Northern Center Grand Ballrooms. The agenda includes opening remarks by NMU President Brock Tessman and panels of business/industry partners and students.
The event is free and students are encouraged to attend. It is a collaboration between NMU, InvestUP and Lake Superior Community Partnership. According to its description, “work-based learning opportunities through internships, apprenticeships or degree-relevant work are proven to achieve the shared objectives of increased talent retention, attraction and population growth.”
The presentations will include examples of student success and meaningful connections through work-based learning partnerships. Business and industry from across the Upper Peninsula will share their perspectives, along with recent graduates living and working in the region.
A video shown at the event will highlight the story of Alex Carpenter, whose work with Able Medical Devices as an NMU mechanical engineering technology student led to a full-time position after he graduated.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders unveiled “Make it in Michigan” in May 2023. The comprehensive economic strategy aims to make Michigan:
-a top state for talent with low unemployment, higher labor force participation and more training/upskilling;
-more competitive in key sectors like research and development, advanced manufacturing and clean technology;
-an “arsenal of innovation” that gives entrepreneurs and young companies opportunities and resources to expand; and
-a state full of vibrant communities where people want to live, work and grow.
Learn more about the “Make it in Michigan” strategy here.