Posted by: Vanessa Swain

Striving to develop the community, one Co-Op at a time

Delta College Manufacturing Student, and Precision Machinist Co-Op Jacob

Striving to Develop Our Community

Having a positive impact on our community is a responsibility that we take very seriously. Not only do we strive to be a sustainable, ethical, and socially responsible organization, we aim to help surrounding educators develop local students. GLE works alongside Saginaw Valley State University, Delta College of Saginaw, the Saginaw Career Complex, Bay-Arenac ISD, and numerous local high schools to provide a work-based learning experience for students. Additionally, we currently employ several alumni from the aforementioned universities. For that reason, we have attended career fairs, hosted student tours, attended board meetings, supported various workshops, and volunteered for several community events to expand our program reach. As a result, work-based learning opportunities which we consider a Co-Op give students in our community a head-start in their careers and give us the ability to employ the best and brightest.

Saginaw Career Complex Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Student, Saginaw High School student, and Precision Machinist Co-Op, Lathan

What is a Co-Op?

Specifically, a cooperative education is a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience. Of course, a cooperative education experience, is also commonly known and referred to as a “Co-Op”. Co-Ops typically provide academic credit for structured job experience. Likewise, Co-Ops are helping young people with making the school-to-work transition, and experiential learning initiatives. While a student is still working on their degree, they are able to work part-time to see how their coursework is applied in the real world.

SVSU Student and Machinist Co-Op
Saginaw Valley State University Mechanical Engineering Student, and Precision Machinist Co-Op, Michelle

Co-Op spotlight

On account of our awesome team, we want to express gratitude to our amazing Co-Ops. This winter we are lucky to be working with four Co-Op employees in various roles. These employees include Christian, our Business Development Co-Op from Saginaw Valley State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Lathan, a precision machinist Co-Op that attends the Saginaw Career Complex & Saginaw High School, exploring a future in manufacturing. Michelle, a precision machinist Co-Op from Saginaw Valley State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Jacob, a precision machinist Co-Op from Delta College exploring a future in manufacturing. Consequently, these four individuals are already bringing so much knowledge and energy to GLE Precision. Their impact will have lasting benefits for our business, as well as fantastic work-experience in their respective fields.

Saginaw Valley State University Marketing Student, and Business development Co-Op, Christian

Mutually Beneficial Partnerships

Here at GLE, as a “small company”, all employees wear many hats and regularly cross-train to cover different positions. This allows for a variety of learning opportunities in the workplace and an awesome educational experience for our Co-Op employees. As a result, all employees, from machinists to sales associates, understand what we do and how we provide Precision Beyond Belief.

Below are links to the websites of our Co-Op partnering organizations:

Saginaw Valley State University (

Delta College – University Center, Michigan – Delta College

Home – Saginaw Career Complex (

21-22 SPSD Homepage – Saginaw Public School District

Bay Arenac ISD (

Birch Run Area Schools (

Frankenmuth School District – Where Effort Opens Opportunity (

Bridgeport Public Schools / Home (bridgeportedu.ne