September Presentations Of Wayne State Career Scholars Program Honors An individual, Business

September Presentations Of Wayne State Career Scholars Program Honors An individual, Business
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics.

WAYNE – A student and current employer were both recognized among a career scholars program in late September.

According to a release from Wayne State College, junior Abbie Gardner and Midwest Bank were both featured.

The Wayne State Career Scholars program celebrated one of its finest students and recognized one of its business partners for its significant work supporting the College’s premier cooperative education program.

The first event, a mixer for 159 students in the program’s three cohorts held September 14, honored Gardner with the 2021-2022 Excellence in Experiential Learning – Cooperative Education Award. The second event, a Sophomore Parent-Student dinner held September 25, presented the 2021-2022 Employer of the Year – Cooperative Education Award to Midwest Bank.

This year, the Wayne State Career Services office implemented a recognition program called “Cat Tracks Signature Awards”. These awards are designed to recognize outstanding students, faculty, staff and employers for their commitment to promoting the career readiness and experiential learning of WSC students.

The first all-cohort connection brought all three cohorts together to mix, meet and learn in mid-September. The junior class presented members of the incoming freshman class with their Career Scholars Challenge Coin and co-op T-shirt, to signify a sense of belonging and unity within the program, cohort and among their peers.

Courtesy of WSC. (l-r): Joey Patterson, Brad Noel, Julie Johnson, Abbie Gardner, Lori Langston, Kelly Gall, Jeff May and Kira Buol.

Gardner was selected for her leadership and activities in the Growing Together Career Scholars program. She is the president of the Wayne State Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) Chapter. Gardner plays a vital role in being an ambassador for the co-op program, a mentor to incoming freshmen and a role model for experiential learning. She completed an experiential learning internship with Norfolk Iron & Metal during the summer and continues to work there part-time in finance. Wayne State appreciates her efforts and recognizes the support she receives from the leadership at Norfolk Iron & Metal, one of the College’s Co-op Partner Employers.

The annual Career Scholars Sophomore Parent-Student dinner held later in the month of September was an opportunity to bring together parents, community leaders, and Wayne State leadership to recognize the class, celebrate the program’s wins, and provide an update on the program and curriculum. The event also served as an important moment to pause and acknowledge the bench strength of cohort leaders to include faculty, the CEO Chapter, and the freshman class of new Team Leads.

Courtesy of WSC. Doug Johnson, Midwest Bank President and CEO, Jason Love, Market President and Amy Schroeter, Vice President.

Midwest Bank was selected for its significant contributions made to the Growing Together Career Scholars co-op program, early student engagement, sponsorship of curriculum and events, and recruitment of Wayne State career scholar students for experiential learning. Midwest Bank consistently participates in WSC Career Services campus-wide activities. Students working with Midwest Bank highly praised their culture of learning, personal growth, and opportunities for real-world experience in the role of “learning by doing.”

For information, reach out to Michael Keibler, Executive Director of Cooperative Education and Industry Liaison at Wayne State College by emailing