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Aug 2, 2011

More than 60 companies will be on campus Thursday, Aug. 4, to recruit talented Kettering co-op students and alumni during the 2011 Summer Employment Fair.

Co-op students are some of the most sought after employees in the country right now so it’s not surprising that more than 60 companies will be in Flint, Mich., on Thursday, Aug. 4, to actively recruit Kettering University co-op students during the University’s 2011 Summer Employment Fair.

“The country desperately needs more engineers and scientists, so there is a bright economic future for students with those talents and interests,” said Venetia Petteway, Kettering’s director of co-op.  “Co-op opportunities in science and technical areas help students earn money toward their college education, and now -- with demand exceeding supply -- our graduates are seeing great financial offers as they start their careers.”

Petteway anticipates that employers will bring co-op recruiting packages to campus with some benefits not usually offered to college-aged students.

For example, there’s the world-class flight benefit that senior James MacClaren enjoys at his co-op at Delta Airlines.  An interior’s engineer for Delta in Minneapolis, MacClaren has traveled to Australia, Europe and around the U.S. as a co-op plus.  “Getting to know how the business world works is the best part of my co-op,” the Mechanical Engineering major from Davison, Mich., said, “but flying the world is a favorite perk.”

Petteway noted the Aug. 4 recruitment fair is for Kettering co-op students and alumni only.  Registration is required.

More than 90 percent of the university’s co-op students are consistently employed, she said.  “Companies are putting together competitive packages with meaningful work, so there are reasons why our co-op students are interested in talking to them.  Additionally, the diversity of companies has greatly expanded,” Petteway added.

Some of the companies participating in Kettering’s Summer Employment Fair are:

  • Asahi Kasei Plastics, North America,
  • Biomet,
  • Chrysler,
  • Henry Ford Health Systems,
  • Lear Corp.,
  • Oshkosh Corp. and
  • Toyota.

See the entire list of companiesat the employment fair.

For more on Kettering’s Summer Employment Fair, contact Susan Davis-LaFeldt by email or 810-762-9847.

Kettering University is located in Flint, Mich., and is the country's premier engineering, science and business university dedicated to co-op education, and a national leader in preparing entrepreneurs and innovators.  More information.

Written by Patricia Mroczek