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March 17: Discover Auto Series Exposes University of Detroit Mercy Students to Careers in Industry

Discover Auto Series Exposes University of Detroit Mercy Students to Careers in Industry

As part of its ongoing Discover Auto engineering career series, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program and seven of its investor companies visited the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) last week, hosting nearly 60 students and educators and exciting them about careers in the automotive industry.

The event included a keynote presentation by Bill Kozyra, president and CEO of TI Automotive, who highlighted his 40-year automotive career and provided insight into the current state of the industry and its ever-evolving technology. Participants also heard firsthand testimony from a panel of UDM alumni who currently work in the industry and had the opportunity to network with a number of companies including: IAV, Lacks Enterprises, Nissan Motor Co., TI Automotive, Toyota Motor Co., Visteon Corp. and Yazaki North America.

Throughout the evening, Michigan Business Network interviewed attendees and business executives, amplifying the importance of the automotive industry’s comeback for attendees, as well as a statewide audience.

Chamber President Promotes Detroit’s Exit from Bankruptcy to Elite Committee of 100

Last week, Chamber President Sandy Baruah gave a presentation to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s elite Committee of 100 on Detroit’s emergence from bankruptcy and continued economic comeback in Orlando, Fla. The Committee of 100 includes chamber executives from across the country who attend two meetings each year on leadership, policy and best practices in order to identify emerging issues that will impact chambers and their members.

The presentation focused on Detroit’s swift exit from bankruptcy and the Chamber’s role in framing the positive message of Detroit’s comeback for a national audience. Baruah also shared his insight on Detroit’s long-term sustainability, including factors such as improved public transit and neighborhood revitalization, which impact business growth.

MICHauto Tour Sparks Visteon Mentor Partnership at Plymouth-Canton Schools

Following a Project Lead the Way tour of Visteon Corp. hosted by MICHauto, a new partnership between Visteon and Plymouth-Canton Community Schools is giving students a unique hands-on opportunity to learn about careers in the automotive industry.

The partnership was formed after nearly 30 students from the district’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) academy mentorship toured Visteon in April 2014. As a result of the students’ interest, Visteon employees began meeting with students twice a week during the 2014-2015 school year to educate them about the company, demonstrate products and technologies, and inform them on engineering career pathways.

MICHauto partners with Project Lead the Way to provide students and teachers in Michigan high schools with guided tours of automotive technical centers across the state, in order to educate them on the industry, its technology, and promote automotive engineering as an exciting and viable career choice. Click here for more information on Project Lead the Way and MICHauto.

Wayne State University’s ENGAGE Symposium to Feature Remarks from Chamber President

Detroit Regional Chamber President Sandy Baruah will deliver remarks on economic development in Detroit in the post-bankruptcy era at Wayne State University’s ENGAGE International Investment Education Symposium on Thursday, March 26 at Cobo Center. The two-day symposium features hundreds of students, faculty and professionals from across the United States and Canada who are able to mingle with and hear from the best and brightest minds in the financial sector.

Other announced speakers in attendance include Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments and 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference keynote speaker; Jeff Kleintop, chief global strategist for Charles Schwab and Co.; and Roy M. Wilson, president of Wayne State University. To register for the event, call 313-577-8524.

MI Bright Future Seeking Businesses to Connect Students with In-Demand Career Pathways

As a member of MI Bright Future, the Detroit Regional Chamber is seeking representatives from local businesses to participate in an employer advisory group to help students become better connected to in-demand career pathways.

Through MI Bright Future, students are able to explore various industries by connecting with local companies offering work-based learning opportunities like job shadowing, internships and company tours via an online community platform. Employers and community mentors are also able to interact with students through online discussion boards.

The Chamber will host regular quarterly meetings with businesses to solicit feedback on how MI Bright Future can best meet the needs of employers and students. Click here to sign up and indicate a preferred date for the first meeting. For more information, contact Robert Troutman, director of education and talent programs for the Chamber.