Community partners honoured for contributions in co-operative education

Stellantis-ARDC and Mike Van Nie from Valiant TMS have been honoured by the University of Windsor’s Co-operative Education and Workplace Partnerships office as the 2023 recipients the Co-op/Internship Employer of the Year and the Co-op/Internship Champion of the Year awards.

“These achievements are emblematic of the profound impact that dedicated employers and individuals can have on the co-op program,” says Kristen Morris, director of co-operative education and workplace partnerships. “Their contributions extend beyond the immediate benefit to students; they are helping shape the future workforce, preparing students not just for the jobs of tomorrow but also for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

The awards were announced during the month-long celebration of National Co-op and Work Integrated Learning Month, highlighting the significant impact of co-op and work-integrating learning programs across Canada.

Co-op/Internship Employer of the Year – Stellantis-ARDC

Stellantis-ARDC has been a long-standing partner of the co-operative education program at the University of Windsor, showcasing an unwavering dedication to providing students with enriching and exceptional work term experiences. ARDC has opened doors for countless students, enabling them to gain invaluable hands-on experience in their fields of study.

Co-op/Internship Champion of the Year – Mike Van Nie, Senior Manager, Human Resources, Valiant TMS

Mike Van Nie was selected as the Co-op/Internship Champion of the Year for his exceptional contributions, dedication, and collaborative spirit, which has not only enhanced the work term experiences of our students but has also contributed significantly to the growth of the co-operative education program.