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This year’s local Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) student competition, known as the ACG Cup, has a new twist.

Incentives offered by four West Michigan colleges are helping make a college degree more of a reality for students attending Westwood Middle School and Harrison Park School.

Customization is entering a new arena in higher education.

Q&A: Carlos Sanchez, Ferris State University

Written by | Sunday, 21 July 2013 22:00 |

That the West Michigan business community wants to hire and interact more with the Latino community is a sentiment Carlos Sanchez got used to hearing, having served as the director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for four years.

Varnum overhauls management structure

Written by | Sunday, 09 December 2012 23:57 |

A new management structure at Varnum LLP that begins with the new year is designed to streamline the law firm’s administration in a post-recession world.

Sometimes all a person needs is a second chance, and that’s exactly what Hope Network is trying to give to men who are nearing release from the Kent County Jail.

In an ever-tightening race for talent, businesses that learn how to manage through on-the-job problems can have a leg up on the competition.

Given the intense national competition for talent, employers can ill afford to ignore any pool of potential employees, no matter the challenges they may bring to organizations.

Rather than send workers from West Michigan to the east side of the state or to out-of-state training centers, one local program aims to offer those opportunities closer to home.

2008 was a year nearly every organization would like to forget, including Cornerstone University. The faith-based institution of higher education was suffering its third straight year of declining enrollment. Tuition revenues plunged, while the stagnant economy crimped donations.  Then Joe Stowell arrived. 

A coalition of law firms working to increase diversity within the legal community will seek to brand Grand Rapids as a destination for minority and female attorneys.

They say in Hollywood that there's the movie you write, the movie you shoot and the movie that's left when all the edited clips have been swept from the cutting room floor. Similarly, there's a large local audience waiting in line to see the final version of the Compass College of Cinematic Arts saga.

Max Shangle just celebrated his third decade at Kendall College of Art and Design, the last two years as dean of the college. The experienced furniture designer and design consultant said he is invigorated by the state of change at the college. He believes Kendall is poised to make a statement through its new president, the newly renovated Historic Federal Building and the three new degree programs in design collaboration, fashion studies and medical illustration. "Kendall really is ready," Shangle told MiBiz during a wide-ranging interview about design's role in business, the nature of design education and more.

BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University joins the ranks of institutions of higher education intentionally focusing on entrepreneurship with the creation of the Entrepreneurial Institute, which launched last fall. 

The institute is the brainchild of Ferris First, a group organized by the university's Strategic Planning Commission and Resource Council.

MICHIGAN — Michigan's top three research universities say they're doing their share to support innovation and to create the talent pipeline behind it.

In one recent report, the University Research Corridor says its members — consisting of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University — benchmark well against research clusters nationally in terms of enrollments, graduates with high-tech degrees, research and development expenditures, and technology transfers into the marketplace.

CALEDONIA — An aging population that will increasingly require more care led Davenport University to launch a trio of graduate programs designed to elevate the health care talent level in the Grand Rapids area.

The new master's degree in nursing and master's in occupational therapy, plus a doctorate in physical therapy, are geared for people well into their careers and will offer a mixture of courses to enhance their clinical skills and enable them to move into administration or even higher in a management role.

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