All posts by James Desrochers

Strategies For Your Talent Pipeline

Michigan Tech - Wisconsin Business Invite
Michigan Tech – Wisconsin Business Invite

Michigan Tech has developed impactful programs that inspire students to enter the STEM Pipeline, actively engage in their learning and application of these newly acquired talents, and provide them professional skills that will launch and sustain them through their careers.

We provide solutions at every step to the challenges facing our economies thirst for intellectual talent.

During the week of May 8, 2017, Michigan Tech staff traveled to Green Bay and the Fox Cities of Wisconsin to provide an educational seminar on “best practices” related to the Talent Pipeline.  This is the second year for this event.  In 2016, similar presentations were made in the communities of Traverse City and Grand Rapids, MI.

Survey on Attracting Students
Survey on Attracting Students

Between the two events, the team addressed over 100 HR professionals, managers, and engineers managers with information related to:

  • Inspiring students to consider STEM
  • Giving them tools to communicate their acquired talents
  • Development and recruitment of talent

The presenters included:

  • Steve Patchin, Director, Career Services
  • Amanda McConnon, Assistant Director, Center for Pre-College Outreach
  • Jim Desrochers, Associate Director of Industry Relations, Office of Innovation & Industry Engagement
Hands-On Activity
Hands-On Activity

During the two-hour event, the presenters shared statistics from student surveys and highlighted best practices for recruiting. They also had a chance to experience first-hand some of the kinds of activities that make students stop and learn more.


Ford – Helping Power Michigan Tech STEM Efforts

A key component of Michigan Technological University’s STEM outreach efforts is hands-on learning.  When Ford Motor Company agreed to help sponsor some programs, it seemed appropriate that the ceremony should be hands-on.

Check Presentation, September 2016

Always willing to help, Ford had one of their Michigan Tech student interns produce an oversized check for the ceremony.  The check even featured Henry Ford’s image in the watermark!  

After the check presentation, Cindy Protas Hodges (Michigan Tech Alumni and Chassis Supplier Technical Assistance Site Manager for Ford) got to learn first-hand how to make ice cream using Liquid Nitrogen (LN2).  We gave her the appropriate gloves and safety equipment and let her get to work mixing a batch of chocolate ice cream.

Chocolate Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

Our Michigan Tech students are a lot like the middle school and high school students that attend our events – nothing draws a crowd of students like handing out free treats!

Ford’s STEAM sponsorship for this year includes helping Summer Youth Programs for Women in Computer Science, Women in Engineering, Junior Women in Engineering, and MindTrekkers events.

 

 


Sentry Insurance – Student Leadership Scholarship

The generous efforts of The Sentry Insurance Foundation downloadhas helped students attending Michigan Technological University for almost ten years.

Starting in 2008, Sentry has helped provide scholarships to students enrolled in Management Information Systems (MIS), Accounting, Finance, and Actuarial Science at Michigan Tech.

These students should be involved in activities beyond standard classwork.  The activities include extra-curriculars, community activities, and charitable organizations.  Students also demonstrate leadership in these organizations while maintaining a 3.3 GPA.

During the course of this program, Sentry’s financial assistance has rewarded 16 different students with 78 separate awards for their hard work.  

Thank you for helping our leaders of tomorrow obtain their degrees!


ArcelorMittal – A Long History of Student Involvement

ArcelorMittal has a long history of investing in Michigan Tech students.  This consistent investment has helped many students with their education, campus life, and careers.   For ArcelorMittal, campus involvement is more than simply attending the Career Fair.  It is a comprehensive approach across campus.

April 2016 - "Signing Day"
April 2016 – “Signing Day”

ArcelorMittal has consistently attended the Career Services Advisory Board meeting to help guide and direct student career development.  They volunteer to help with resume and interview preparation in the weeks leading up to the Career Fair.

March 2016 - Factory Tour
March 2016 – Factory Tour

To help students understand the true experience of working in a steel factory, several trips to facilities have been scheduled.  These trips help students gain an appreciation for life in the factory but also why leadership, attention to detail, and a focus on safety is important in both the workplace and through every aspect of life.

Real-world projects for students to learn design and project management help augment classroom education with practical applications.

September 2016 - Steel Day
September 2016 – Steel Day

Steel Day started four years ago with a simple premise: “Help students understand the depth and breadth of careers in this industry”.  ArcelorMittal has attended each of these annual events and brought new technology and new displays each time to showcase how the Steel Industry continues to change.

The next generation of Huskies continues to benefit from these experiences that enhance the educational experience for all Michigan Tech students


Encouraging Students to Get Their P.E.

je2_casual_closeupIn the Fall of 2015, Career Services had a full slate of CareerFEST programming.  Despite the variety of offerings, none of these days targeted career opportunities for students to help the design of buildings and structures.

As a member of the design team at Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Senior Electrical Engineer John Eberly (’83, PE)  wanted to make sure students could learn about these careers as easily as they could learn about other industries.  Additionally, John wanted to make sure that students understand the importance of obtaining their Professional Engineer (PE) license.

ftch_2103_logoIn partnership with Career Services, John helped Michigan Tech develop its first “Construction and Building Systems Day.”  Industry Days are designed as informal events for students to meet with companies and discuss their career options.  The day was designed to attract students beyond traditional Civil Engineers.  Instead of focusing entirely on the design of structures, the day also included construction equipment, manufacturing equipment, and high-tech displays of designs.

nspelogoJohn and the team at FTCH spearheaded development efforts.  They organized conference calls, helped connect companies to Michigan Tech, and helped sponsor the event.  Without the help of an alumni and resources of the company he works for, this event would not have happened.  Throughout the event, John returned to his passion and explained the benefits of obtaining your PE license to all students that approached him at the booth.