Northwest, Kawasaki Partner To Offer Part-Time Employment, Industry Experience To Students

MARYVILLE, Mo. – Northwest Missouri State University and Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corporation are continuing this fall to offer meaningful work experiences, address local employer needs and reduce student debt.

Northwest and Kawasaki have partnered to offer the Kawasaki POWERing Bearcats Program, which provides part-time employment opportunities to Northwest students as well as an invitation to interact with leadership and participate in unique engagement events.

As Northwest strives to be a leader in profession-based learning, Jill Brown, the University’s director of partnerships and placement, believes such a collection of experiences developed through industry and community collaborations and partnerships better prepare all students for lifelong learning, in their careers and as citizens.

“Partnerships like the Kawasaki POWERing Bearcats Program are powerful in making that goal a reality,” Brown said. “This program will also allow students to further build experiences in the University’s seven learning outcomes related to communication; critical thinking; managing information; leadership; valuing; teamwork; and diversity, equity and inclusion.”

To participate in the program, students must work a minimum of 20 hours a week at Maryville’s Kawasaki facility. Work schedules are set in four-hour blocks to accommodate course scheduling, and Kawasaki offers 401k contributions from the first day of employment.

Kawasaki’s starting wage is $17.20, which means a student working 20 hours a week could earn $344 a week and more than $17,200 in gross pay during a year – or about $68,000 in gross pay during their time at Northwest, if they work all four years. Kawasaki also offers an additional $1.25 per hour for second or third shift work and a potential for increased pay based on job performance.

Interested students are encouraged to apply directly for part-time employment at

Northwest students hired by Kawasaki will receive an invitation to the Kawasaki POWERing Bearcats Program, as well as additional information from Northwest.