Creating a Vital Community

Kettering University’s success is linked to the success of the city of Flint, state of Michigan and the entire Midwest region. As such, the University and its students, faculty, staff and alumni are and will continue to be active partners and leaders in the efforts to create a vibrant and economically thriving community, region, nation and world.

Gov. Rick Snyder helps Kettering University open FIRST Robotics Community Center

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s reaction to seeing the FIRST Robotics Community Center at Kettering University could be summed up in a few words -- “To put it simply, this is awesome,” Snyder said.

Snyder was among several dignitaries, including Don Bossi, president of FIRST Robotics, Flint Mayor Dayne Walling and Jennifer Liversedge of the C.S. Mott Foundation, who participated in a special ribbon cutting ceremony with hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members commemorating the opening of the facility -- the first of its kind on any university campus in the country -- on Sept. 19. Harrison Ford, a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Kettering and a mentor for the Flint F.I.R.E. FIRST team (one of eight expected to be housed in the facility), also spoke about the impact the FIRST Community Center will potentially have on area students.

“This is truly an exciting day in the history of Kettering University,” said Dr. Robert K. McMahan, Kettering University president. “It’s the launching of a facility that we think will have a profound and lasting impact on the community. It was created to inspire young men and women, regardless of socio-economic background, to dream of their future and then make those dreams real through science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Students on Metal Muscle, a Kettering University-sponsored FIRST team, built a special robot equipped with scissors to handle the ceremonial ribbon cutting.

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