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Michigan Economic Development Corporation Seeking to Lure Purdue Graduates North

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Jennifer Owens
(517) 335-4590

College Campaign Searching For Best and Brightest Students

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is participating in the Industrial Roundtable career fair at Purdue University for the next two days seeking to draw exceptional high-tech students and graduates to Michigan. The MEDC is working in cooperation with more than 150 Michigan companies to bring talented graduates to the Great Lakes State.

“Michigan has been number one in the nation for new corporate expansions and facilities over the past six years, with over 2,000 more than our nearest competitor,” said Sabrina Keeley, acting CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “We need fresh talent and highly skilled workers to meet the demands of this growth.”

The Michigan “recruiters” will work to convince graduates seeking careers in life sciences, microtechnology, alternative energy technology and other emerging fields that Michigan is the ideal location for them. The recruiters will give college officials and students a glimpse of the growing opportunities opening up in Michigan.

Michigan companies attending today’s fair in search of Purdue grads include Stryker Medical, Kelly Scientific Resources, Smiths Aerospace, American Axle & Manufacturing, General Motors, Robert Bosch, Stryker Instruments and Whirlpool.

The MEDC will host a continental breakfast for engineering and information technology students on Wednesday. Company representatives and MEDC staff will discuss the many high-tech career opportunities Michigan has to offer after graduation. Students will be encouraged to search job openings and post their resumes on Michigan Careersite at www.michigan.org.

This is just one of five out of state career fairs that Michigan will take part in. The Michigan team will also visit the University of Toledo, Ohio State, Rose-Hulman, and Northwestern campuses.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) created the Michigan Recruitment Alliance in 2001 as a partnership between with Michigan employers seeking to hire the best and brightest students from select Midwest universities. Its primary objective is to increase awareness of the numerous high-tech job opportunities in Michigan.

The MEDC makes annual visits to Purdue’s campus, as well as numerous other Midwest university career fairs. More than 1,000 Purdue students and graduates receive MiCareer, a monthly e-newsletter featuring career opportunities with Michigan companies as well as information on the state’s business climate and quality of life.

For more information on the Alliance, contact the MEDC at 517-373-9808 or visit the Web page.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.

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