Jobs of tomorrow

Sep 16, 2004

Representatives of Kettering and eight community colleges met Sept. 17 to focus on the emerging technologies needed in Michigan in the near future.

Emerging technologies, their implications for new or existing careers and the preparation required for the jobs they will generate was the focus of a seminar Friday, Sept. 17, at Kettering. The event was conducted in response to needs expressed by Kettering's community college colleagues.

"We have heard a great deal about the jobs that are leaving Michigan," said Jim Koerschen, Kettering's executive director of enrollment services. "This seminar focused on new and emerging technologies that have good employment potential. Kettering faculty described the underlying technologies and provided insight into the foundational skills required for students interested in these careers."

Koerschen said topics explored were alternative energy sources, biomaterials, bioengineering, and emerging automotive and electronic technologies. "Ample time was given to the discussion of implications for community college courses, as well," he said, noting the seminar was indicative of Kettering's commitment to work more closely with Michigan's community colleges.

Faculty and staff at Kettering University hosted representatives of eight Michigan community colleges:

Delta College in Saginaw,
Grand Rapids Community College,
Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn,
Kalamazoo Valley Community College,
Mott Community College in Flint,
Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City,
Oakland Community College and
St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron.

Koerschen added that this seminar built on the success of an initial discussion in April attended by representatives of Delta, OCC and Mott Community College in Flint. While most Kettering students begin their studies and co-op as freshmen, studentswho start at community colleges and other universities can transfer. Kettering partners with community colleges to provide the support students need to accomplish a smooth transition.

For more information on the Emerging Technologies seminar series contact Tom Cerny at Kettering University at (810) 762-7325 or

Written by Pat Mroczek
(810) 762-9533