Wilson Talent Center Early College Adding Risk Management and Insurance Pathway through Ferris Partnership
April 17, 2018
MASON-The Wilson Talent Center recently announced that it will add a Risk Management and Insurance pathway through its Early College. The news was shared at the last Wilson Talent Center Advisory meeting.
Through this pathway, students may earn up to 55 credit hours before they complete their 13th year of high school Students will take general education and business courses including five Risk Management and Insurance courses through Ferris.
“The Risk Management and Insurance partnership between Wilson Talent Center and Ferris State University has opened up many doors to my students,” said Monique Colizzi, FerrisNow and Wilson Talent Center instructor. “With Lansing classified as the hub for insurance, students in my program have the ability to network with industry professionals on both the company and agency sides, with a hopeful seamless transition into the profession. Furthermore, in going through this program, they find value in becoming a wise consumer, potential business owner, and recipient of direct college credits.”
“The risk management and insurance industry is expecting to fill 400,000 vacant positions created by retirements and growth in the next few years," pointed out Dr. David Brown, Associate Professor and Risk Management and Insurance Program Coordinator at Ferris. "Wilson Talent Center students on the Ferris State early college pathway are earning college credit in business and specific credit in risk management and insurance courses that will position them well for becoming productive and successful insurance professionals.”
The Wilson Talent Center program features experiential learning with off-campus visits to insurance companies, business owners and networking events. Students gain an understanding of insurance in practical settings, which drives the success of the program.
“Without the support and forward thinking of Ferris State University, my students would be learning in a very static environment,” stated Colizzi. “They are proud to excel in insurance knowledge, and put it to work in real life case studies and learning. Ferris State University allows us the flexibility and support to make insurance fun and engaging!”