Steve Patchin has roots in industry and education. His corporate experience involves successfully operating high-volume retail operations including Best Buy’s. His leadership role included training leadership trainees hired on from industry rivals. His educational experiences range from middle/high school educator in mathematics and social sciences, to creating and operating innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focused pre-college outreach programs in a university setting. This includes co-creating and operating Mind Trekkers, a college student driven traveling festival that inspires K-12 student to pursue STEM focused careers.
As Director of Michigan Tech’s Career Services department, Steve and his team developed CareerFEST, a series of programs that helps students explore professional options while focusing on every aspect of career development skills from resume building to job-offer negotiations. As part of this initiative Steve and his team organize, coordinate, and execute Industry Days, bringing companies together on Campus to provide students with hands-on activities that illustrate the range of careers available in their fields, as well as offering insights on the future directions of their industries. To encourage company engagement, Steve and his team have created an innovative Career Services Partner model whose roster includes 42 corporate partners which includes companies such as Ford, Dow Chemical, 3M, and Nucor.