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Manchester College receives $750,000

for local economic development efforts

NORTH MANCHESTER, Inc. (Dec. 8, 2003) - Manchester College has just received a $750,000 incentive for its growing collaboration with Wabash County and North Manchester economic development efforts.

With a four-year grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., the college will develop a wide-reaching local program of student internships and entrepreneurial support that will address two critical economic development concerns:

  • Stemming the significant loss of talented college graduates from Indiana, and particularly Wabash County;
  • Improving job opportunities for other Indiana workers, whether they have college educations or not

The Manchester College project is focused on an alliance formed a year ago that grew out of needs expressed by the North Manchester Town Forum. The Wabash County Economic Development Corp. (WEDCOR) now has joined the collaboration.

This is a natural congress because college students are predisposed to be "movers" - taking their skills, energy and intellectual capital to fresh environments, and away from a community and state that struggles economically. It is hoped this internship program will give students "a wonderful sense of possibility in how their talents and intellectual capital can be used locally," said Manchester College President Parker G. Marden.

The college will make heavy use of its highly effective Office of Career Services, and its recently announced Mark E. Johnston '68 Professorship in Entrepreneurship, which will offer lectures, seminars, workshops, consultations and other events

The college will seek to make internships and related field experiences available to all its students, and add a full-time Director of Internships to aggressively develop more internships. In Wabash County, at least 15 Manchester College students annually will receive $4,000 stipends for 10- to 12-week internships in Wabash County businesses and factories. In these high-powered internships, students will be expected to bring their individual intellectual capital to their jobs, which could include foreign language abilities, international experience, computer expertise and communication skills.

The college will work further with the vision of community leaders, and become more involved and forge new relationships in area economic development issues, Marden said.

.The Wabash County project will include its growing Hispanic population. Manchester College will encourage connections and internships with its Hispanic students (2.3 percent of enrollment) and those who speak Spanish and understand Hispanic culture, Marden said.

The Endowment is giving a total of $38.9 million to 37 Indiana colleges, universities and foundations - public and private - for this Initiative to Promote Opportunity Through Educational Collaborations.

 "We are most pleased with the imagination and creativity demonstrated by Indiana colleges and universities in their proposals for this initiative," said Sara B. Cobb, Endowment vice president for education. "Dozens of new relationships with alumni and others have been developed that will offer numerous internships and other experimental education opportunities for Indiana students."

The independent, liberal arts Manchester College offers more than 45 areas of study to 1,170 students from 29 states and 33 countries.  It is a Church of the Brethren college, located in North Manchester in northeast Indiana. For more information about Manchester College, visit




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