Olivet College to Offer Students New Opportunities

Programs will offer high school students a chance to receive insurance credits in advance.

With opportunities in a growing insurance industry abound, Olivet College, a leader in insurance education throughout the state of Michigan, is working to replenish the insurance industry’s workforce by partnering with local school districts and insurance companies throughout the state to educate the next generation of leaders.

Representatives from Olivet College and Lansing School District (LSD) officially signed the Lansing School District Insurance Academy agreement at a Board of Education meeting on Oct. 6, allowing LSD students to obtain Olivet College credits from Risk Management and Insurance courses at Lansing high schools.

“Olivet College is not only the capital region’s private college of choice, it is a national leader in insurance education at the collegiate level for undergraduates,” said Maria Davis, Ph.D., provost and dean of Olivet College. “There is an increased need for employees due to the lack of current leadership in the field. This presents a great opportunity for Olivet College to take what we are good at and make it more accessible to our local community.”

Olivet College’s insurance curriculum, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, is well-known and highly respected across the state. Students who graduate from Olivet College with a bachelor’s degree in Risk Management and Insurance, have a 99.9 percent success rate in finding a job in the insurance field. Thanks to partnerships like Insuring MI Future, Olivet College has been able to build relationships with industry professionals and school districts in mid-Michigan to educate the next generation of young talent for careers in the insurance industry.

Olivet College’s recently formed partnership with the Lansing School District will offer a new program for high school students this fall called the Insurance Academy, where they can earn free college credits. Olivet College plans to work with other school districts to expand this model across the state, where the college will provide the curriculum, guidance and support to the LSD and the designated district instructors. The Lansing School District will hire the instructors while Olivet College approves their credentials. Students will have the option of taking up to three Risk Management and Insurance courses to earn a total of nine Olivet College credits.

“Our students deserve to have multiple options for career choices and it’s the mission of the Lansing School District to help them get ‘opportunity ready,’” said Yvonne Caamal Canul, superintendent of Lansing School District. “A program such as this one, will not only provide students real-life experiences from which they can learn, but will also build a life-long commitment to being a successful member of our community by joining a growing industry.”

Students enrolled in the Insurance Academy will spend three days per week in the classroom and two days per week at AF Group learning about the insurance field while gaining hands-on experience. Students will also be able to attend seminars and engage in campus life at Olivet College. After completing these courses, students will not only be employable after they graduate from high school, they will also have an advanced start on a college degree. Should they decide to pursue an undergraduate degree in Risk Management and Insurance from Olivet College, they will be able to graduate in three and a half years.

“We look at this program as a chance to educate students and plant the seeds early about the opportunities available to them. We are very involved in the community and are excited to provide students an opportunity to further their education,” said Lynette Long, manager of Talent Management and Learning for AF Group. “AF Group provides the on-site learning environment so that students can experience what it feels like to be in this business, as well as have access to professionals through job shadowing and guest lectures.”

For more information about Olivet College’s Risk Management and Insurance program, visit olivetcollege.edu/academic-dept.

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