“I spent my teenage years working at our local grocery store. But by age 18 — and thanks to my co-op through Kettering University — I was already learning about a large corporation and manufacturing by applying engineering skills," Barra said.
The new home of the Kettering University Archives at GM’s Durant-Dort Factory One was unveiled on May 1. The Archives feature rare artifacts from the formation of GM and represent one of the top collections of automotive history in the country. The Archives attract scholars from around the world to conduct research.
Using data from PayScale.com, CNBC analyzed private colleges nationwide to determine the top 10 colleges and universities worth the investment. Kettering University ranked 9th on the list among all private universities in the United States.
PayScale’s 2017 ‘College ROI Report: Best Value Colleges’ ranks Kettering 19th in the country in Return on Investment and first in Michigan and first in the Midwest. On average, Kettering graduates see a 20-year return on investment of $743,000 according to the PayScale data.
At the SAE WCX event in Detroit this week, the eight schools selected to compete in the inaugural AutoDrive Challenge – and which will get Bolts for their workshops – were named: Kettering University, Michigan State University, Michigan Technical University, North Carolina A&T University, Texas A&M University, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and Virginia Tech.
The FIRST Robotics Community Center at Kettering University is the only facility of its kind on a college campus. It is home to eight area high school teams and one of the few official practice fields in the nation, used by dozens of other teams as they train for competitions.
A cornerstone of the ongoing improvement progress has been Kettering University’s receipt of a $1 million Byrne (pronounced “burn”) Criminal Justice Innovation Program grant, which brings together 20-plus community partners, 16 research professors from four universities, and 2,500 residents.
Kettering University and its students are problem-solvers. Over the past few years, Kettering students, parents and faculty have lent their time, talents and imagination to the community. The resulting programs have done everything from making local food banks more efficient to creating aquaponics farms to boosting STEAM education across the community.
A recent study cited by the Grand Rapids Business Journal looked at the media earnings at age 34 of graduates of all Michigan colleges. The findings included noting that Kettering University graduates earn approximately $85,400 by age 34.
Like many other former industrial hubs, Flint and its leaders hitched the city’s future to universities and hospitals, such as Kettering University, a well-respected engineering school; the local branch of University of Michigan; and the Hurley Medical Center.
A report by The Economist examined economic mobility in America. One factor in earning potential is education, and Kettering University was cited as an example of a university that helps graduates rapidly rise into new earnings brackets that would've previously been unattainable.
Kayla McDonell '12 was named to Forbes '30 Under 30' list in 2017. She had global responsibility for all exterior lighting on GM's top-selling car, the Chevrolet Cruze. She worked with designers, suppliers and factories worldwide on 46 separate lighting parts to meet quality, function and safety regulations in multiple countries.