Concordia and Kettering team up

May 2, 2005

Concordia University and Kettering University signed strategic partnership to provide engineering and world-class co-op options to students.

A strategic partnership combining the strengths of Concordia University - Ann Arbor (CUAA) and Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute) in Flint was signed Wednesday, April 27, to introduce collaborative programming and world-class co-op job opportunities for students in the region. The strategic partnership will make earning a bachelor's degree in Engineering at Kettering University much easier for students who wish to begin their university education at Concordia.

Under the Concordia/Kettering agreement, students will complete their first two years of study at Concordia University with extra counseling and support services, then transfer to Kettering's Flint campus to finish their bachelor's degree through the university's highly regarded combination of classes and paid, professional work experiences at companies throughout the world.

Officials from the two schools gathered at CUAA for a signing ceremony intended to strengthen their established working relationship by offering improved career information, intensive counseling and mentoring to smooth the transition for CUAA students transferring to Kettering.

"We are very enthusiastic at Kettering University about this strategic partnership agreement with Concordia University. It is the first strategic partnership we have with a private, liberal arts university," said Kettering University President James E.A. John. "By making the transition from Concordia to Kettering as seamless as possible, we hope to encourage many outstanding students from Concordia University to pursue our programs. With our co-op system of education, Kettering provides excellent work experience for students with hundreds of co-op employers. Working together, CUAA and Kettering can provide tomorrow's leadership for business and industry."

Concordia University President ThomasAhlersmeyer said, "The strategic partnership with Kettering University demonstrates our commitment here at CUAA to provide students and our community with innovative programming and choices that are always right for the times. This partnership will broaden our appeal to our constituency and allows CUAA to provide a service that has been prohibitive. We appreciate this opportunity to partner with a prestigious university like Kettering."

The agreement calls for joint academic advising to maximize student success and the smooth transition of students from one institution to the other. This will be accomplished through the early identification and referral of interested students. Program components include:

  • career awareness forums,
  • coordination and enhancement of transfer advising,
  • mentoring,
  • increased job opportunities through co-op experiences at more than 600 companies around the world, including some of the most famous employers in the United States.

Kettering sends co-op students to General Motors, Ford, Delphi, Harley-Davidson, Sun Microsystems, Etas, Motorola, UPS, Dana Corp, Consumers Energy and more.

Faculty collaboration is also envisioned in curriculum development, research initiatives and professional growth opportunities.

Concordia University - Ann Arbor Concordia University - Ann Arbor (CUAA) is a liberal arts institution of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. With a distinctly Christian environment and an academic community dedicated to excellence, CUAA offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its four schools - School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, Haab School of Business and Management, and School of Adult and Continuing Education. Founded in 1963, CUAA is accredited by NCA, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and was among the first colleges to be accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) under the new 2000 standards. CUAA is listed as one of America's Best Private Colleges?. For more information on Concordia University-Ann Arbor, visit:

Kettering University Kettering University, formerly General Motors Institute, is one of the country's premier colleges for students seeking careers in business and industry. Located in Flint, Mich., it provides 2,500 undergraduate students with career-based education in engineering, physical sciences, computer science, and business management. Founded in 1919, the University also offers graduate programs in engineering and management that are designed for working professionals. Kettering is ranked among the nation's finest undergraduate engineering schools by U.S. News and World Report. For more on Kettering University, visit: