Team players

Jan 3, 2005

A new executive team at Kettering will focus on corporate partners and generating co-op employment opportunities for students.

A new approach to the Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services has been launched with the creation of the Corporate Relations Executive team, part of the cooperative education staff. The team will be responsible for new job development, developing sales strategies, qualifying prospects and leading sales pursuits for Cooperative Education and Career Services at Kettering.

Members of the team include Phil Lavender, Keith Spicer, Venetia Chaney and new hire, Roxanne Walker.

"This team will work to identify, develop, and maintain relationships with potential and existing corporate partners to generate additional employment opportunities for the Kettering student population. Our goal is to work closely with faculty and staff, and generate positive relationships with our partners to promote and sell ALL Kettering University services," said Tammy Loud, executive director for Cooperative Education and Career Services.

They will also concentrate on job development for specific industries including bioengineering, fuel cell and automotive, information technology, government and communication. Current key accounts for the team include Ford Motor Company, Bosch, Visteon, NASA, CIA/FBI, DaimlerChrysler and UPS.

"I believe our potential with UPS for placing co-op students is tremendous," said Spicer, "We are gaining momentum and seeing results. Over the next 6-9 months we may see our students at UPS double. We are now developing relationships with different UPS staffs and have our IE faculty arranging for training of UPS employees in the Rockwell PLC Lab," he said.

Lavender, Spicer and Chaney, former Kettering Co-op Managers, bring over 40 years of combined experience in cooperative education to the team. Lavender, a former Director of the Michigan Co-op Council and past president of the Midwest Co-op Education Association, has experienced co-op from all perspectives. He was a co-op student, co-op coordinatorand co-op supervisor before coming to Kettering in 1982.

Spicer has had various roles at Kettering, including three years in Alumni Development and four years operating an off-site admissions and co-op office.

Chaney is currently the Michigan State Director for the Michigan Council for Cooperative Education, an Executive Board Member for the Midwest Cooperative Education and Internship Association as well as a member of Automation Alley's Workforce Development Committee, a member of the Downtown Optimist Club and a Workshop Facilitator for the Flint Public Schools Bridges to Success Program.

Walker comes to Kettering from the University of Michigan-Flint where she was a Development Officer, responsible for generating contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations for the School of Education and Human Services.

Written by Christin Aljets