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Students Visit Parma’s General Motors Plant

General Motors hosted students from Chitkara University, as part of Hiram College's Global Institute for Management and Leadership, on July 16.2013.

General Motors hosted students from Chitkara University, as part of Hiram College’s Global Institute for Management and Leadership, on July 16.2013.

More than 20 students in Hiram College’s Global Institute for Management and Leadership toured the General Motors manufacturing plant in Parma earlier this week.

The students, from Chitkara University in India, are on campus this summer, spending time in the classroom with a focus on learning about management. They will be awarded a certificate of Management in Multinational Companies upon completing this Hiram College summer program. Outside of the classroom, students are traveling to Northeast Ohio educational and cultural institutions.

The Parma General Motors plant produces stamp body and frame panels for close to 35 General Motors vehicles and has more than 1,400 employees. While visiting the plant, the students were able to talk with experienced workers about both the management and the engineering side of the plant. The plant operates under a unique management style, which consists of section team leaders who report to an upper level general manager. This style was new to many of the students, which opened the doorway for insight into different management styling. The engineering students also were fascinated by the plant’s stamping and parts analysis components.

Throughout the day, students listened to a series of lectures by employees in many different departments of General Motors. Topics ranged from robotics to financing, appealing to both categories of students: management and engineering. The students were also informed of internships and job opportunities that could be available to them in the future at the General Motors Parma plant. This connection will eventually help to form strong international bonds for the company. Many students were interested in these opportunities, and look forward to applying upon graduation.

“Hiram College is pleased to be offering these students networking, educational and cultural opportunities,” said Paul Bowers, dean of Professional and Graduate Studies at Hiram College.

Learn more about the Global Institute for Management and Leadership at Hiram College.

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