GMI Engineering and Management Institute (formerly General Motors Institute), nowadays called Kettering University
, is an engineering
school located in Flint, MI
. Originally founded by Major Sobey
, a believer in the strengths of a cooperative education
education) as the Flint Institute of Technology
, General Motors
was a believer in the idea and eventually bought the school out.
Until 1982, GMI was a training ground for GM workers who wanted to become engineers. In the late 1950s/early 1960s, GMI sought ABET accreditation and eventually received it. In the auto industry, GMI was referred to as "The Academy" -- the place to go to truly learn the art of automotive engineering. Graduates could look forward to high-level positions with GM or other auto companies.
However, in 1982 General Motors decided it needed to cut costs, and turned the university loose, a shock it is still recovering from. Renamed GMI, it sought corporate sponsors for its co-op students. It branched out, but the automotive focus never truly disappeared.
GMI alumni, sadly, are known for two things -- being the largest percentage of alumni going into the Harvard Business School from any college, as well as being the largest percentage of alcoholic alumni.