PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: Sept. 24, 2003
Students get chance to take "second step"
DEARBORN---The University of Michigan-Dearborn has partnered with Ford
Motor Company and Fast Switch, Ltd. to launch a new initiative to provide
opportunities and support for community college students who might not
otherwise have the resources to complete a four-year degree program in
information technology at UM-Dearborn.
Project Second Step is a pilot program that will provide financial support
through flexible full-time employment and tuition reimbursement to UM-Dearborn
students studying information technology.
Students will be employed at Fast Switch, a privately held information
technology services firm which supplies services to Ford. Ford Motor Company
will provide contract positions in its information technology department
for project participants.
The pilot project will begin with this fall with three students. To be
considered, candidates must have completed, or be in the process of completing,
an associate's degree. They must also be admissible to UM-Dearborn's College
of Engineering and Computer Science, in pursuit of a bachelor's degree
in a technical discipline related to information technology, and demonstrate
"I'm proud that we were able to provide quality candidates for the
program who come from various community colleges," said Pamela Lee,
assistant director of admissions and orientation at UM-Dearborn. "Making
the transition to a four-year school is a difficult process and we are
excited about the opportunity to assist some of the best and brightest
students from the local community colleges."
For more information about Project Second Step, contact Lee at (313)