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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.

Healthcare Where the Action is!

  • The Athletic Training Program at LSSU is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The student's first two years are spent in the program's pre-professional phase where they will engage in directed observation and will have an opportunity to fulfill the requirements to apply to the program's professional phase which is an additional two years. Once accepted into the professional phase of the program, the student will rotate through various on and off campus clinical sites under the supervision and guidance of a preceptor. The student's senior year places the athletic training student in a position to assist in providing medical coverage to physically active individuals under the supervision of their assigned preceptor. The coursework and clinical experiences are designed to allow the athletic training student to be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination in order to become an Athletic Trainer Certified (ATC).

    Why Study at LSSU

    • The faculty members for LSSU's Athletic Training Program are the ones that teach the classes. Graduate Assistants do not teach courses for the Athletic Training Program at LSSU.
    • The Athletic Training Program at LSSU includes contact with a wide variety of healthcare providers. Students will interact with physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, EMT's and Paramedics, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapy assistants and certified athletic trainers.
    • The Athletic Training Program at LSSU maintains accreditation through the CAATE and strives to continually improve its program.
    • Athletic training students are engaged in a variety of professional and community service activities. In 2014, the Student Athletic Training Association (SATA) received the Event of the Year Award for their work with Relay for Life. 2012 saw the Athletic Training Program at LSSU win the 9th Annual Michigan Athletic Training Society (MATS) Student Quiz Bowl competition and thus represented Michigan in the Regional Quiz Bowl Competition.
    • The School of Recreation Studies and Exercise Science which houses the Athletic Training Program is guaranteed one seat into Central Michigan's Physical Therapy Program per year for qualified candidates.


    • National Average Salary for ATC: $55,036
    • National Average Entry Level ATC: $38,214
    • National Average for ATCs with Bachelors Degree: $49,719
    • National Average for ATCs with Master's Degree: $54,660
    • National Average for ATCs with a PhD: $80,011

    Source: January 2015 NATA News

    Career Choices

    • Graduate School Preparation for Athletic Training, Physical Therapy and Physician's Assistant
    • University/College Athletics
    • Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics
    • Secondary School Athletics
    • Health and Fitness Facilities
    • Industrial Fitness and Rehabilitation
    • Athletic Training Educator (with additional schooling)
    • Physician Extender
    • See more...

    The Athletic Training Program at LSSU boasts an 88% first time pass rate on the BOC examination over the past three years:

      2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 3 yr aggregate
    Number of students graduating from program. 5 9 7 15
    Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 5 7 5 12
    Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 5 5 5 10
    Students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 100% 71.4% 100% 88.23%
    Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 5 6 5 10
    Students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 100% 85% 100% 94%

    LSSU student BOC exam results

    Small Class Sizes are Important!

    "The Athletic Training Program (ATEP) at Lake State is great! The small class sizes allow the instructors and supervising ATC’s to provide one on one feedback to students on a regular basis; athletic training students get more out of their time and experiences while in the athletic training room and other clinical sites. Students not only spend time in the athletic training room, but also spend time in an orthopedic surgeon’s office, a physical therapy setting, the campus health care center, and various sport assignments. The instructors in the ATEP are always willing to help students out of class."

    --Adam Ancel
    Graduate Assistant
    Illinois State University


    The LSSU Athletic Training Program received initial accreditation October 2003 by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  July 2006, the accrediting body became the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Programs (CAATE).  In October 2008, the LSSU Athletic Training Program received continued accreditation with the next site visit slated for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    The Athletic Training Education Program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 2201 Double Creek Drive, Suite 5006, Round Rock, TX 78864. Phone: 512-733- 9700. Fax: 512-733-9701. Email:


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Vision of 1st Place

Robotics Industries Association

First Place
Lake Superior State University

Automated Assembly of Seat Indexing Mechanisms

Other award recipients: Carnegie Mellon University, and a team comprised of students from University of Kentucky, University of Florida, and the Colorado School of Mines

1999 Robotics Industries Association: Robotics & Vision Show

May 11, 1999
International Scholarship Competition
Detroit, Mich.

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