An initial cohort of 25 students, primarily from the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences, will work with the partners for one year
and commit to one additional year of employment after graduating. The
students will also earn a certificate in an area related to business
or technology that best matches the employers’ needs. The program will
launch in August.
Besides providing critical workplace experience for Grand Valley
students, the employers are also supporting the development and
implementation of the program.
This unique program integrates a career-ready certificate with a paid
internship and results in a bachelor’s degree designed to meet
high-demand competencies like digital analytic, systems thinking while
recognizing the importance of a broad based, liberal arts education.
Grand Valley President Philomena V. Mantella said this program
enhances Grand Valley’s role as a key talent producer in the region.
The university has more than 100,000 alumni in Michigan, 90 percent of
whom have stayed in West Michigan.
“We are grateful to these leading employers in the region for taking
this initial step with us to equip dynamic and diverse professionals
for the workforce,” Mantella said. “We are addressing labor-shortage
concerns and creating a positive impact on the business community.
This program will highlight Grand Valley students’ human-centered
skills and deep knowledge of their disciplines, and the companies will
benefit from well-prepared employees.”
Representatives for the employers said they value the opportunity to
work with Grand Valley on this effort to invest in local students and
help hone their high-demand skills.