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MICHauto Hosts Middle School Students for Tour of Nissan Tech Center

Earlier this month, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program hosted students from Detroit’s University Prep Middle School for an interactive tour of the Nissan Technical Center North America in Farmington Hills. The students were treated to a morning of demonstrations on everything from computer aided design and engineering in vehicle safety and restraints to environmental and noise simulations.

One of MICHauto’s key pillars is to attract and retain automotive talent in Michigan, and this tour provided the participating students with tangible insight into how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies apply to engineering careers in the automotive industry. The tour took place immediately following the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference, where several speakers and panelists discussed the importance of STEM education and the need to address the talent gap in Michigan.

Carla Bailo, Nissan’s senior vice president of research and development, and key members of her team have played a key role in beginning these tours. Bailo serves as the chairman of MICHauto’s Talent Attraction and Retention Committee. To find out how your business can participate in future tours, please contact MICHauto Program Manager Rob Luce at 313.596.0383.