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As lawmakers in Lansing discuss new energy legislation, Michigan finds itself at the center of a nationwide debate.

GRAND RAPIDS — A team of four Calvin College engineering program graduates are making waves with a product that’s a cross between a personal watercraft and a snowmobile.

As manufacturers struggle to find talent to staff the open engineering positions they have today, some executives are taking a long-term view by focusing on ways to fill the talent pipeline with more people in the years ahead.

The globalized workforce has reshaped how universities in West Michigan and beyond educate their engineering students.

In launching a joint degree this fall in osteopathic medicine and business, Michigan State University seeks to produce better doctors.

Engineering and construction firms must prepare now to be able to handle the amount of work coming at some point in the future to repair Michigan’s crumbling roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

Baker College plans to launch an online graduate degree this fall for nurses who want to continue their education and move into administrative or teaching positions.

Michigan’s big three research universities again compare favorably overall to their national peers in terms of innovation, although more progress needs to occur in getting those ideas from the lab to the marketplace.

The design process doesn’t have to be inclusive solely to designers. That’s the philosophy of Liz Sanders, a professor of design research at Ohio State University and founder of Make Tools. Sanders, who originally studied anthropology and who holds an advanced degree in experimental psychology, has spent her career encouraging designers to collaborate with end users and other disciplines to produce better products. Prior to her talk April 10 during the West Michigan Design Week, she spoke with MiBiz about her design philosophy, its impact on businesses and society and how design will be shaped in the future.

GRCC offers niche program in industrial sewing

Written by | Sunday, 15 February 2015 22:00 |

Specialized industries in West Michigan often run into the same training and talent constraints as high-growth sectors such as the automotive supply chain.

Business professionals and managers looking to take the next step in their careers often turn to graduate degrees such as those offered in executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs to help advance their skills and make important career connections.

Many successful craft brewers have relied on a very inexact science to learn and master their craft and bring it to market. For those companies, the do-it-yourself mentality serves as the romantic side of brewing.

GVSU expands PA program to Traverse City

Written by | Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:05 |

Grand Valley State University plans to expand its Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies with the opening a satellite location in Traverse City for the fall semester in 2015.

There is little debate that the Internet has acted as a disruptive force for a broad range of industries, higher education included.

Talent pipelines are more than just buzzwords among West Michigan companies looking to bolster their workforce development activities.

Even as more business professionals in West Michigan continue to pursue MBAs and other advanced degrees, universities in the region have yet to experience drastic swings in enrollment.

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