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Students from Upper Peninsula meet with President Haas

  • Seventeen high school students from Manistique toured the Allendale Campus and met with President Haas to hear about his career journey and what makes Grand Valley unique.

Posted on April 06, 2018

Seventeen high school students from Manistique toured the Allendale Campus and met with President Haas to hear about his career journey and what makes Grand Valley unique.

Mike Powers, a teacher at Manistique High School in the Upper Peninsula for 38 years, brought his students to campus April 6; he said Grand Valley would be a perfect fit for many of them.

"We are a small school which is very isolated and sparsely populated, about 8,000 in Schoolcraft County," said Powers. "When you factor in such things as size, cost and variety of programs, Grand Valley is compatible with our students."

For some, it was their first time visiting a college campus. Students said they were impressed with the Mary Idema Pew Library, Fieldhouse and beauty of campus.

Powers said all three of his children found Grand Valley to be a perfect fit. "My youngest son is currently a junior," he said. "My oldest son graduated with a degree in exercise science and my daughter earned a doctorate of chiropractic degree after she graduated from Grand Valley." 

Powers said even though Grand Valley is about 350 miles away from Manistique, it is often times the Number 1 college that area students attend, over the geographic favorites of Northern Michigan University or Michigan Tech. 

"A couple of years ago, Manistique was recognized as sending more students to post-secondary schools than any other school our size," Miller said.