Insurance company unveils program

Pioneer introduces field training for high school students



Pioneer Mutual Insurance Company on Elms Road will become an institution of higher learning next fall with the start of a career-oriented college-credit training program offered to high school students.

Pioneer Mutual Insurance Company on Elms Road will become an institution of higher learning next fall with the start of a career-oriented college-credit training program offered to high school students.

FLINT TWP. — High School students in Genesee County will be able to earn high school and college credit at the same time through a program set to start in the fall.

Classes in the Risk Management and Insurance program will be offered at Pioneer Mutual Insurance Company, 1510 North Elms Road, which has formed a partnership with the GISD Genesee Career Institute, and Olivet College, according to a press announcement last week.

In a work-based setting, participating students will learn about the insurance business through class work, job shadowing and hands-on experience. Opportunities to apply for college scholarships and paid internships will also be available.

The insurance industry is a major employer in Michigan with a need to attract young talent for the future, according to the press release. Jobs with average starting salaries of

$45,000 per year plus benefits includes agent, actuary, claims adjuster, financial analyst, loss prevention specialist, marketing representative, network administrator, product development specialist, software developer and programmer and underwriter.

Insurance is a growing industry and Pioneer State Mutual Insurance Company and Olivet College are joining forces to provide area students with a head start on careers in the insurance field.

The high school program began three years ago in Eaton County through a partnership between Eaton Regional Education Services Agency, Olivet College and Farm Bureau Insurance, according to the Insurance Institute of Michigan. Classes are held at Farm Bureau Insurance’ headquarters in Lansing where insurance industry professionals help teach students principles of the insurance business. Students earn credits while completing three college courses: IRM 221 – Principles of Insurance and Risk Management, IRM 322 – Personal Insurance, and IRM 323 – Commercial Insurance. The curriculum for this program has been approved by the state, allowing it to be offered in any county in the state.

The program will also start in Ingham County in the fall through a partnership between Ferris State University, Ingham Intermediate School District, Lansing Public Schools and Accident Fund Insurance Company of America.

Genesee County students interested in applying for the Risk Management and Insurance program should contact their high school counselor. Seating is limited.

For more information, call Genesee Career Institute at (810) 591-4462 or visit www.geneseecareerinstitute.org

To learn more about the High School Insurance Program, contact Lori Conarton, communication director at the Insurance Institute of Michigan at 517- 371-2880.

Pioneer State Mutual Insurance Company specializes in property-casualty insurance for individuals and businesses. The company got its start in Flint in the early 1900s as Farmer’s Mutual Lightning Protected Fire Insurance Company of Michigan, which sold lightning rods and insurance to farmers as property protection during severe storms, according to a company history. The company took its present name in 1967 when State Mutual Insurance Company of Michigan merged with Pioneer Mutual. It built and moved its headquarters to Elms Road in Flint Township in 1975 to accommodate continued growth. An expansion in 1990 doubled the size of the building.


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