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Discover Auto: How MICHauto is Continuing Student-to-Business Connections Amid Uncertain Times

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we all conduct business, socialize, and learn. These adjustments have been especially evident within the education system. As advocates and supporters of Michigan’s up-and-coming automotive workforce, MICHauto is committing to the continuation of the Discover Auto program, which connects high school students with automotive industry leaders to learn about career opportunities and company culture.

As the school year closes out, the MICHauto team has been planning for Discover Auto programs in the fall. While hopeful to resume in-person tours, the team has opted to move forward in a virtual format to ensure adherence to health and safety guidelines of both schools and host companies. This transition was met with excitement due to the opportunity to expand the reach of the program across the state.

To test this virtual platform and provide a final learning opportunity before students leave for summer break, MICHauto held a virtual Discover Auto session last week with our MICHauto member, Brose. Partner, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), recruited an engineering class from AGBU Alex and Marie Manoogian School in Southfield to participate. Students who were unable to attend were able to watch the recording of the presentation. Presenters from Brose discussed their work, career path, and favorite things about working at Brose. Students participants found the presentation enlightening and learned a lot.

MICHauto excited to continue to engage with students and members via virtual Discover Auto in the fall. If you are interested in becoming a host company, please contact Jenny Orletski-Dehne at jorletski@michauto.org.