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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, September 14, 2017 1:00 am

Local event focusing on insurance jobs

2-day 'inbound trip' to connect students with area employers

Journal Gazette

More than 70 students pursuing degrees in the insurance industry will be welcomed to the Fort Wayne area Friday and Saturday, part of an “inbound talent attraction visit” the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership is hosting.

The goal is to showcase job opportunities in the insurance industry and quality of life in the region, the partnership said Wednesday in a news release.

The pilot program will help develop a model for attracting and retaining college students and graduates to support northeast Indiana's seven target industries and connect students with the community and employers. Specialty insurance is one of those target industries.

Participating colleges and universities are IPFW, University of Saint Francis, Grace College, Illinois State University and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Participating companies include American Specialty, Ash Brokerage, Brotherhood Mutual, Lincoln Financial and Swiss Re.

“The inbound student trip allows us to strategically attract a pipeline of talent to live and work in the region,” said Parker Beauchamp, CEO of Inguard, which is also a participating company.

The group will meet with regional employers, community and business leaders and attend the Middle Waves Music Festival.

Students will connect with young professionals from the Emerging Leaders Alliance, Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana and the UPSTAR Young Professionals Network, according to a news release. 

The partnership, whose goal is to increase business investment, will administer student perception surveys before and after the trip. Participating students' internship and employment patterns will also be tracked to measure long-term effects of the trip.

In August, the Regional Opportunities Council, the investor board of the Regional Partnership, allocated $12,500 to help with program costs. Participating schools and companies also contributed financially.