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Meaningful Investment is Key to Keeping More Graduates in Michigan

May 23, 2023 Philomena V. Mantella

Philomena Mantella | President, Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley graduates stay in Michigan because we make meaningful investments in the entire student and their entire learning journey. That means great experiences on campus, in classrooms and with faculty but it must also mean building out new pathways and programs for graduates once they complete their degree.

Philomena V. Mantella

Philomena Mantella, President, Grand Valley State University

Partnerships with employers are a proven model for innovation and success. GVSU was founded with the expectation that we would work with our community in developing learners and talent for Michigan. Upon that foundation, we work hard to make sure a GVSU degree provides real economic value by partnering with employers to develop career-ready graduates and create pathways with a guaranteed job waiting at the end.

For example, our Corewell Health West Michigan Nurse Scholar program provides a guaranteed nursing job upon successful completion of the program. The new Laker Accelerated Talent Link enhances degrees by pairing employer co-designed professional skills certificates in areas like project management and data analytics with a year-long paid internship.

These partnerships with employers are also making college more affordable for learners, with paid internships and scholarships of up to $20,000 in exchange for a post-graduation employment commitment.

We are committed to delivering the talent needed to power the future of Michigan’s growing economy. Michigan is an incredible place and Grand Valley works tirelessly to give our learners the skills they need and the access they deserve to great jobs here in Michigan.