Building technical talent in the Blue Water Area

By Website Administrator | Feb 6, 2003

St. Clair County Community College (SC4) in Port Huron and Kettering signed a strategic partnership agreement Wednesday,Feb. 5, that makes earning a bachelor's degree in engineering, the physical sciences, computer science or management a little easier for local students.

St. Clair County Community College (SC4) in Port Huron and Kettering signed a strategic partnership agreement Wednesday,Feb. 5, that makes earning a bachelor's degree in engineering, the physical sciences, computer science or management a little easier for local students.

Under the agreement, students can complete their first two years of study at SC4 with extra advising and support services, then transfer to Flint to finish their bachelor's degree through the university's unique plan of education that alternates academic classes with professional co-op work experience at companies throughout the world.

Officials from the two schools gathered in SC4's Citizens First Michigan Technical Education Center for a signing ceremony strengthening their established partnership by offering improved career information, smoother transitions, and a team effort for finding financial assistance and work experiences for SC4 students transferring to Kettering.

"Building upon its heritage as General Motors Institute, Kettering University has more than eight decades of experience in developing leaders for industry," University President James E.A. John said. "We can provide St. Clair County Community College students with opportunities for co-op jobs at companies such as General Motors, Delphi, UPS, Sun Microsystems, Motorola, Dow Automotive and many other outstanding firms around the nation. Such opportunities exist in St. Clair County. Working with SC4, Kettering can provide tomorrow's technical talent for the region," President John said.

Former SC4 student Douglas (Niles) McGeorge of Berlin, Mich., attended the signing ceremony to talk about his positive experiences at both SC4 and Kettering. McGeorge is a graduate of Capac High School and is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Kettering. He works as a professional co-op student at TI Group Automotive in Marysville(formerly the Bundy Corp.).

St. Clair County Community College President Rose B. Bellanca said the collaborative relationship strengthens the ability to serve transfer students and share technologies in the Blue Water area. "This strategic partnership is about two great colleges working together to make sure students achieve their goals." Bellanca said SC4 currently has 88 students enrolled in engineering-related programs.

"The ultimate goal," said Bob Nichols, Vice President of Enrollment Management at Kettering, "is for SC4 and Kettering to collaborate in developing more technical talent in Southeastern Michigan to help businesses grow."

Program components include:

  • Established points of contact at both campuses,
  • Career forums,
  • Mentoring,
  • Coordination and enhancement of transfer advising,
  • Career services,
  • Development of additional financial assistance.

The agreement calls for joint academic advising, access to courses to maximize student success and the smooth transition of students from one institution to the other, including early identification and referral of interested students. Future endeavors at the two schools may include joint outreach to companies, alumni, community agencies and organizations to help with more scholarship and co-op support as well as faculty collaboration in instructional development, research and professional growth opportunities.

About St. Clair County Community College
St. Clair County Community College provides more than 6,000 students with opportunities in 50 associate degree and certificate programs as well as 55 seamless transfer programs to four-year institutions. The 25-acre riverfront campus is in downtown Port Huron. SC4 was established in 1923 as Port Huron Junior College and became SC4 in 1967. SC4 has locations in Port Huron, Algonac, Bad Axe, Imlay City, Peck and Yale. For more on SC4, visit: www.sc4.edu

Written by Pat Mroczek
(810) 762-9533
pmroczek@kettering.edu