Nick Palmer is currently the Director for the Educational Talent Search program at Vincennes University in Vincennes Indiana. A Marquette native, he previously worked for State Rep. John Kivela from 2013-2017, and the Mason County College Access Network from 2017-19. He has a bachelors degree in communications from Siena Heights University and a masters degree in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University in 2019.
Last October, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared the tenth month of the year as “College Month in Michigan.” Many employers in the UP need workers with a variety of skills and training, and increased focus is now being put on helping students obtain and find the right post-secondary education for their careers.
Upper Peninsula families–even those who are employed–are having a harder time making ends meet, according to the United Ways “ALICE” measurement system.
Educational challenges affect students in rural areas differently than in urban and suburban areas. Without sufficient access to technology like computers and high-speed internet, rural students are not going to have the same educational opportunities simply because of where their family calls home.