Brent Lenahan, a BGSU junior from Rossford majoring in aviation management, at his OMIC-supported co-op/internship at Toledo Express Airport, where he has worked since January. Working with the director of airport operations, Lenahan is getting hands-on experience in airport operation and administration and in TSA and FAA regulatory compliance.
On the job
BGSU partners to promote student co-ops and internships through state program
BGSU is taking the Ohio Means Internships and Co-ops (OMIC) grant program to a new level. The University is leading a collaboration among northwest Ohio public colleges and universities to develop a robust workforce through experiences that prepare students for the world of work. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, more than 50 percent of interns transition into full-time employment with their companies.
BGSU is the lead institution in the Northwest Ohio Regional Team, which includes Owens Community College, Rhodes State College, Terra State Community College and the University of Toledo.
Entering its third year, OMIC is sponsored by the Ohio Board of Regents and supported by a variety of private businesses. The grant program directly helps businesses support students in co-ops and internships while also educating more businesses about how to set up and maximize those experiences. In OMIC 2.5, the Northwest Ohio Regional Team will receive over $333,000 of a total $2 million in six regional projects.