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April 24, 2013
Twenty-seven Northwest Missouri State University students representing multiple disciplines across the campus recently gained some insights to the business field during a visit to two Kansas City offices.
Farmers Insurance Group sponsored the April 5 visit, which provided the students with an opportunity to hear a panel of employees, including Northwest alumni, speak about their varied roles at the company. Northwest students also toured the company’s office buildings and stepped inside the Farmers bus, which is deployed for catastrophic events such as tornadoes and hurricanes.
The company offers employee opportunities in analysis, information technology, customer service, claims, disaster response and international ventures.
Students said the visit helped them establish network connections with professionals in their fields of interest in addition to making connections between their classroom instruction at Northwest and the ways that learning may be applied in their professional careers.
“I thought it was cool that there were so many Northwest alumni that worked there,” Skylar Olberding, a junior business and marketing major from Falls City, Neb., said. “Farmers is really interested in recruiting graduates from Northwest.”
Students also visited State Street, located in downtown Kansas City, to tour its offices, learn about career opportunities and interact employees, including two Northwest graduates. State Street is a leading provider of financial services to institutional investors.
Allison Hoffmann, instructor of management in Northwest’s Department of Business, organized the visits.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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