BIG RAPIDS – U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Midland) sees colleges and universities playing a vital role in strengthening the nation’s economy during these challenging times.
On Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 18) he will visit and tour Ferris State University to outline “Stimulus That Works,” a plan he sees creating jobs and decreasing debt due to overspending in Washington. His visit to Ferris was, in part, motivated by the university’s 125-year history of training and retraining students through its career-oriented approach to education.
Camp will be greeted by Ferris President David L. Eisler, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Fritz Erickson, and Vice President and General Counsel Miles Postema. The congressman will join a 20-minute tour of Ferris’ Granger Center for Construction and HVACR with Ron McKean, associate dean for the College of Engineering Technology; John Schmidt, director of Ferris’ School of Built Environment; and Tom Crandell, director of Corporate Development.
Following the tour, Camp will address the media in a press conference scheduled for 3:15 p.m. in the Granger Center Atrium. Eisler first will address the media and offer remarks about student accessibility to higher education, workforce retraining and skilled trades prior to introducing 2009 Construction Management graduate Scott Christensen of Muskegon. Christensen will talk about retraining from a student’s perspective.
After Christensen’s remarks, he will be joined on stage by Camp who will discuss his plan – “Stimulus That Works.” Following the congressman’s presentation will be comments from Rob Wirt, director of Financial Aid at Ferris, who will speak about student accessibility and affordability.
College of Engineering Technology faculty and staff also will be available to the media for questions following Camp’s presentation.
Camp’s visit to Ferris is part of a two-stop visit to West Michigan that includes a presentation in Howard City as part of his “Stimulus That Works” tour.