Working For The Common Good: Public Universities To Showcase Community Partnerships And Economic Development Initiatives

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Fritz Erickson, Ferris State University’s provost, likes to joke that he could spend hours talking about an initiative at Ferris that aims to get Hispanic students from West Michigan to go to college.

Today, as he speaks with the public and members of the Michigan Legislature, he’ll face a much smaller timeframe: three minutes.

He’s among the representatives of Michigan’s 15 public universities participating in an event at the state Capitol – sponsored by the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan – highlighting the work the schools do to help boost the state’s economy through community partnerships.

“I could talk all afternoon about this,” Erickson said of Ferris’ summer partnership with the Hispanic Center of West Michigan to get Latino High School students from the Grand Rapids area thinking about going to college.

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