JNL, MSU Tout New Building as Opportunity for Students

MSU Junior Steve Tuyo will be the first to admit it -- he was in this job for the money.

"You're looking at $12.50 an hour," he said, when asked what was so appealing about his part-time job at Jackson National Life Insurance. "But as soon as you walk in the door, it's the architecture, the welcoming people. The managers here are great."

Now Tuyo, who never considered insurance as a career, is looking into a career with JNL.

It's exactly the result management at JNL was hoping for when it opened its new building on Grand River Ave. in East Lansing. The company hired about 110 part-time employees -- many of them students and most of them Spartans. It teaches them specific skills and hopes they'll enjoy their experience enough to stay with the company.

"We have students from all disciplines," said Danielle Robinson, JNL's corporate social responsibility manager. "Our hope is that with the program it'll give the students a chance to get to know Jackson a little bit and then maybe they'll apply a little later for a job that's more career-specific."

JNL opened its doors to the media Monday to show off its new space, packed with touchscreen computers and ergonomic keyboards and monitors.

The company moved the office to East Lansing specifically so it could cater to MSU students, something MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and JNL President and CEO Mike Wells called a win for everyone.

"We wanted a property on campus to attract the best and the brightest," said Wells, adding the campus community was kept in the loop throughout the process. "The students wanted not only a good job, but they wanted work experience."

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