Governor Snyder Visits Ferris State Welding and Information Security and Intelligence Programs

By Eric Houghtaling | April 11, 2014

Governor Snyder traveled to Big Rapids to tour two outstanding programs at Ferris State University. These innovative programs are helping to grow and diversify our economy while bringing more and better jobs to Michigan.

The Governor toured the nationally renowned Welding Engineering Technology School, which offers a premium education in one of the most in-demand fields. The two-year waiting list to enter the program illustrates how sought after skilled welders are in our economy. The school boasts a 100% job placement rate in a broad range of industries. Already the largest of its kind in the country, the school intends to expand further and double its enrollment to 200 students.

Governor Snyder also learned more about the Information Security and Intelligence Program. The program, believed to be the first of its kind, is recognized as a top 10 information security program in the country, and is also certified by the National Security Agency's National Information Assurance Education and Training Program.

Together these programs exemplify the important role education plays in Michigan's reinvention. Educating our students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will create broader business expansion in Michigan. According to a Georgetown University publication, Michigan will need to fill 274,000 STEM related jobs by 2018. Governor Snyder reaffirmed his commitment to higher education in STEM fields in his 2015 proposed budget, which calls for an $80.3 million increase for public universities and an $8.9 million increase for community colleges.