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Student Spotlight: Ethan Henderson, Risk Management and Insurance

The Ferris State University College of Business is home to a well-known Risk Management and Insurance program. The program emphasizes insurance law, property and casualty, employee benefits, and personal insurance. There are plenty of internships and jobs in this field for students.

Ethan Henderson, a current Risk Management and Insurance student, accepted his first job with two months till graduation. When Ethan began his journey at Ferris State, he wasn’t sure what type of studies he wanted to pursue. He knew his biggest strength was math. After spending two years as a finance major, and a short time in business management, Ferris State brought back their well-known Risk Management and Insurance major and he instantly declared that as his minor.

“My experience in this program has been a blessing to say the least. About three weeks after entering the program there was an internship opportunity brought to my attention to work for State Farm here in Big Rapids. I interviewed and accepted the position as a sales representative a week later. Through that internship I studied and got my property, casualty, life, accident, and health producer’s licenses as well as became bank certified.”

Ethan enjoyed his courses in the program because they focuses on real life situations. Each of his classes aligned with what he was learning to obtain his licenses. His professors all had experience in the industry and gave him an in depth insight on what to expect after graduation. He has been employed at State Farm since his junior year.

His job search began in January 2014. After sending out resumes to several places, he heard back from three different companies within the first month and had phone interviews with all three. Two of those called him back for final interviews. Ethan was offered his dream job as a commercial underwriter in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was then offered a position in Farmington Hill as a commercial underwriter.

 “I couldn’t believe it, here I was worried about finding a job, and two months before graduation I have two offers to pick from? Both companies expressed their interest in me, saying they wanted to make early offers because someone with a degree in insurance and two years in the industry while attending school wasn’t going to last on on the market.”

Ethan accepted the job with Farmington Hills as a commercial underwriter, he starts in June. After three months of training, he is relocating to Minneapolis. You can learn more about Ferris State University’s Risk Management and Insurance Program here: http://www.ferris.edu/business/programs/insurance-management


COB Go Beyond: Hogeschool Utrecht

Have you ever wanted to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, or simply see a new place? If you answered yes to any of those questions it is time you consider studying abroad. Traveling changes one’s whole outlook on life and students who study abroad have a huge advantage when it come’s to finding their first job. The College of Business offers many programs around the globe for students to take advantage of. Studying abroad may not be as out of reach as one may think. Studying abroad can easily become a reality.


Advertising and Integrated Marketing major Adrienne McCormick took advantage of Ferris State’s study abroad program last summer. McCormick studied business 3,962 miles away at Hogeschool Utrecht in the Netherlands. McCormick is currently a senior in the College of Business. During her time abroad she was able to take two classes: European Business Skills and Corporate Branding Design. Her classes took weekly field trips to places around Holland. She even had the opportunity to spend a week in Italy for her course.


“I took a trip that gave me some of the most significant lessons of my life. Yes, I took courses that were pertinent to my interests and applicable to my major. Yes, I earned scholarship money from the University to fund my trip. However, those reasons to go abroad only scratch the surface. I gained my value from more than academics and running around the streets of Amsterdam and Harlem,” said McCormick of her experience abroad.


Hogeschool Utrecht is one Ferris State’s partner schools around the globe. Adrienne was able to take several business credits at Utrecht for Ferris State tuition. Adrienne advises students who are interested in studying abroad to make plans early and look for scholarships right away. McCormick earned $2,000 to cover her tuition with the help of College of Business scholarships and a program called MyPlace offered at the International Office of Education. McCormick gained patience, confidence, and communication skills that are going to help her in her career.


For more information on the study abroad opportunities offered at Ferris State stop in the Office of International Education located in IRC 134 or visit their website http://www.ferris.edu/international. You can also email Adrienne: mccorma7@ferris.edu.

Program Spotlight: Graphic Media Management

Pat Klarecki shares his thoughts on the Graphic Media management Program:
There is nothing like being part of a growing, changing, and diverse industry that has the power to influence people and the choices they make. That is what the graphic media industry is all about. What started as print, or ink on paper hundreds of years ago has evolved into a science and technological business unlike any other. What other business brings together some of the most creative visual images, with some of the most technological systems and processes to solve a range of communication challenges that range and are delivered via a multitude of different media. 
Students are attracted to Graphic Media Management in the College of Business Marketing Department for several reasons. Some have experienced the thrills of creating and producing graphic images and products during their high school experiences. Maybe they worked on the school newspaper or yearbook or took graphics or advertising design classes. Others have come into Graphic Media Management because they enjoy being part of a graphics industry or they do not  know the potential for success or the level of diversity in talent required in the industry. And then there are those that are pulled into the College of Business because they know the US economy is reliant upon business, but do not know what segment they want to begin a career in.
The Graphic Media Management program has been at Ferris for nearly 50 years. Until recently it was know as Printing Management and was part of the College of Technology. With over 1,000 alumni world wide, graduates of the GMAN program are highly sought and paid for their broad business knowledge and their industry focused knowledge of processes and systems. Ferris GMAN grads are currently CEO’s or senior managers of small, medium and large graphics companies. Some are very highly compensated to use their relationship skills in sales to solve complex costumer problems. Some graduates tend to gravitate towards project management and customer relationships, while others have found great success and demand for their technical skills including; computer networks systems, graphic image editing and manipulations,  cost estimating and purchasing. The bottom line is that the graphics industry is one of the worlds largest industries that needs a very wide range of motivated and talented people doing a variety of things to keep it growing and moving forward.
Employers from around the USA know a Ferris Graphic Media Management graduate will have the solid foundation, knowledge, and hands on skills of graphics processes, principles and unique business characteristics to fit in where they are needed. Most graduates are employed prior to graduation while almost all graduates are employed within six months of graduation. The starting salaries range from $34,000 a year to $48,000 a year. The most recent alumni survey data available shows after five years of employment most have doubled their starting salary.
If you enjoy working in a fast paced, deadline driven industry that is always utilizing the latest computer hardware and software, working with people and have good communication skills come by BUS 120 and check us out. Professor Klarecki and Professor Conati would love to talk to you about your unique situation and how that might fit into the Graphic Media industry. Visithttp://www.ferris.edu/business/programs/graphic-management to learn more about the program. 

Business Bulldogs Abroad: Adrienne McCormick and The Netherlands

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

Seventy-three percent of employers agree that education abroad is important when evaluating resumes, and only three percent of students study abroad in college. The students that choose to study abroad have a huge competitive advantage over their peers when applying for jobs and internships. Most students rule out study abroad as an option based on the sticker price, but Ferris State University is hard at work to make studying abroad a realistic option for every student.

Adrienne McCormick, College of Business senior, had the experience of a lifetime last summer when she studied abroad in The Netherlands. She is studying Advertising/Integrated Marketing Techniques at Ferris State, but she was able to take several of her classes across the globe.

AdrienneAbroadAdrienne studied at Hogeschool Utrech, one of Ferris State’s many partner universities around the world. She spent three weeks in the Netherlands studying European Business Skills and Corporate Branding Design. She took a “field trip” to Milan, Italy with one of her courses and visited Germany for fun.

“I gained patience, confidence, and communication skills that are going to help me both in my work in the office and in my future career,” said Adrienne about her experience abroad.

Adrienne’s Advice:“My advice would be to get started on making plans and working towards scholarships as soon as possible! I earned $2,000 towards my trip in scholarships which totally paid for my tuition.”

Ferris State University has several other exchange programs across the globe including Dankook University in South Korea and Yasar University in Turkey

There are many scholarships available for COB students to make study abroad accessible for all students. For example, The Gilman scholarship awards $1,000 to a business major with plans to study abroad.

Studying abroad doesn’t have to be a distant dream; it can be a reality. For more information or to get started on your application visit ferris.edu/studyabroad.