News - - Dan Pittman would like to see his environmental science company invest in college students, but there’s a limited budget for interns.

The township-based TestAmerica typically hires one or two every few years.

“If I want my industry to advance itself, it’s kind of a negative vicious cycle,” Pittman said.
But through a partnership with Kent State University at Stark, the company’s laboratory director expects to receive funding to bring on an intern this year to work as a rotating technician in the company’s labs and help prepare samples for analysis.

Kent State at Stark is one of 40 colleges in four states to win a grant that will allow staff to pair students who demonstrate a financial need with paid internships...

...The grant comes from the Wisconsin-based Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates, a nonprofit student loan servicer with a mission of helping more people have the chance to attend and complete college.

The organization awarded $5.2 million in grants this year to schools in Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. Last year, the group ran a smaller pilot program and distributed about half that amount to 19 schools in Wisconsin. All but 2 percent of participants either graduated from college or re-enrolled following their internship experiences, according to statistics on the Great Lakes website....

Ken Notes: We have added Great Lakes to our Tool Box....
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- - Volume: 2 - WEEK: 38 Date: 9/16/2014 12:00:06 PM -