Crain’s Detroit Business Recognizes Kettering University as Part of ‘Innovation in Flint’

Kettering Learning Commons Student in Thermal Lab

Kettering University is featured prominently in the Nov. 14, 2022, issue of Crain’s Detroit Business. One article focuses on the University’s new Learning Commons and its contributions to the Flint community, while another highlights Kettering’s more than a century-long history of developing talent for the automotive industry.

“The articles reflect Kettering’s commitment to providing the optimal learning environment for our students, who in turn go on to make a significant and measurable impact for the companies where they work, whether it be the automotive or technology industries or another sector,” said Kettering University President Dr. Robert K. McMahan. “We’re also very proud to be a long-standing partner with the City of Flint, a symbiotic relationship that we value immensely.”

The new Learning Commons officially opened Sept. 23, 2022, with a ceremony presided over by Dr. McMahan that included speeches by Mott Foundation President and CEO Ridgway White, Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley, Stantec Principal and Architect Travis Sage, whose world-renowned architectural firm designed the building, and former Navistar International Corporation Executive Vice President and CFO Walter G. Borst, a Kettering alumnus, and other distinguished guests.

The $63 million, 105,000-square-foot Learning Commons is designed to facilitate optimum collaboration and transform the social and academic lives of students and faculty. The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation granted $25 million to support construction of the building, which was the cover story for the 2022 edition of Kettering Magazine.

The Learning Commons grand opening, which was attended by hundreds of students, alumni, donors and dignitaries, was covered extensively in local and state-wide media, including DBusiness, The Flint Journal, Flint Beat, WNEM-TV (CBS) and WJRT-TV (ABC).

Founded in 1919 as the School of Automobile Trades, Kettering University today is considered among the country’s top universities. Kettering is listed as the sixth-best university in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report and one of the 2023 Best Midwestern colleges by The Princeton Review.

Linking transformative experiential learning and cooperative education opportunities to rigorous academic programs in engineering, science, and business, Kettering University prepares its students for lives of extraordinary leadership and service. The Crain’s Detroit Business article notes how rotating between the classroom and real-life work experiences in 12-week terms results in Kettering’s undergrad students accumulating 2.5 years of paid work experience when they graduate.

Please click on the link below to view the Crain’s Detroit Business articles featuring Kettering.