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The Intersection of Campus and Community

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The Intersection of Campus and Community

As important as our work in the classroom is, Northwood University’s impact in the world today is due in large part to what takes place outside the typical learning environment. In fact, one of the “secrets” to our success is the emphasis we place on the intersection between our University and the communities we serve.

As the 2013-2014 academic year demonstrates, this tradition is not only alive and well at Northwood, it’s thriving. System wide, Northwood students, alumni, faculty, and staff are actively involved in a variety of community partnerships serving the long-term well-being of everyone involved. Some key examples include:


  • Florida Palm Beach Outlet Mall Job Fair: Our Florida campus served as host for the Palm Beach Outlet Mall’s recent job fair. Over 6,000 job seekers set foot on our West Palm Beach campus.
  • hYPe: DeVos MBA counselors are active in this Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce effort dedicated to fostering the growth of the county’s next generation of business leaders.
  • Departmental Volunteer Efforts: Team members from our Office of Admissions share their time and leadership in a number of organizations, including:
    • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
    • Boys and Girls Club
    • Business Academy of Technology (Freedom High School)
    • Christian Faith Academy
    • Junior Achievement
    • Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce
    • Wounded Warriors of South Florida


  • Midland Information Technology Consortium (MITCON): Our Michigan campus recently announced a new partnership with MITCON empowering more than 40 area non-profit organizations to benefit from a more reliable information technology through use of our enterprise-grade data center.
  • Young Entrepreneurs Academy: In partnership with the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce, we are providing mentors, educators, curricula, and classroom space for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a year-long program that trains young middle and high school aged students how to launch and manage their own business.


  • The Best Southwest Partnership: The Texas Knights play a key leadership and membership role in The Best Southwest Partnership, a cooperative connecting 11 different communities in southwest Texas, including Cedar Hill, promoting legislative and educational well-being for the Southwest Dallas area.
  • Leadership Southwest: Each year our Cedar Hill campus sends two employees through Leadership Southwest, an organization founded in 1985 with the mission of  developing  emerging community volunteers and leaders in Southwest Dallas County.
  • The Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program: Our Texas campus partnered with the Texas A&M Forest Service and Cedar Hill Fire Department to address potential wildfires. Those efforts were recently recognized with the “Firewise Community Designation Award” from the National Fire Protection Association.

As these and many other examples demonstrate, business, civic, nonprofit, and educational institutions are not only key parts of our economy and culture, they constitute the greater whole that dynamic and growing societies require. And as the above mentioned examples suggest, we at Northwood University are committed to “the intersection of campus and community.”

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Keith A. Pretty, J.D. President and CEO Northwood University 4000 Whiting Drive Midland, MI 48640 989.837.4203

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