Community Partnerships

Building stronger communities together

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In Dickinson County our community knows where we are and understands where we need to be. We are actively working together with our industry partners, K12 schools and community organizations to provide quality education opportunities that inspire student success and community vitality.

The Facts in Dickinson County

We are home to an impressive amount of world-class manufacturers and businesses who continue to grow and expand. We aim to bridge the gap from high school to the workforce by creating pathways that create student and community success.

  • Employers expect to add 650 new jobs over the next 3 - 5 years.
  • In 2017, we had 2,629 manufacturing jobs - equal to 20% of the workforce.  State of Michigan average is 13 - 14%.
  • Average weekly manufacturing wage in 2017 was $1,076.

Internship Opportunities

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Lake Shore Systems, Inc. logo

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College students need to balance work, friends, family, and assignments. It can be easy to overlook the critical importance of getting great internship experience. In Dickinson County students benefit from the wide variety of paid internship and co-op opportunities. Not only will you save money by attending Bay College, you can make money and gain real-world experience taking advantage of our world-class businesses and industry. We will help you earn while you learn Email the Bay College Business Development and Community Engagement Manager for more information.


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Coffee Connection

Are you interested in connecting with 120 students from Bay West? On Monday mornings from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM (CT) we want to offer our students free coffee sponsored by our businesses and community organizations. This is an opportunity to increase awareness on open positions at your place of business, volunteer opportunities, your message or making a sales pitch for your product or service.

Group of Leadership Academy participants at Bay College West

Bay West Leadership Academy

The Bay West Leadership Academy (BWLA) is centered on developing meaningful leadership skills, understanding the opportunities, and challenges facing Dickinson County and creating occasions for networking. What's included?

  • 8 workshops plus service presentations
  • Entry to the leadership conference
  • Professional head shot and write up
  • Networking opportunities

Workforce Training and Development

Bay College Training and Development offers a wide range of non-credit training and educational opportunities that serve our local employers, community members, and students seeking to expand and develop their professional and personal skills. Click the link to learn more about Safety, Performance, Healthcare, and Industry, as well as Professional Development training opportunities.