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Displaying items tagged: Ferris State University

Thursday, 06 April 2023 15:22

‘There is no communist plot’: Gotion responds to Big Rapids-area battery plant criticism

Gotion Inc.’s top North American executive said Wednesday that the Chinese company is targeting July to start construction on a planned $2.4 billion battery parts plant in the Big Rapids area.

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 27 February 2023 17:07

Gotion EV battery plant near Big Rapids needs 2,350 workers. Ferris State plans to train them.

Ferris State University is working to roll out an accelerated electric vehicle battery manufacturing training program to build a pipeline of workers for a planned $2.4 billion battery plant in the Big Rapids area.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 06 November 2022 18:59

Davenport University plans new outreach to boost Latino student population, faculty

GRAND RAPIDS — Davenport University wants to increase the number of Latino students enrolled at its campuses across Michigan and in online courses through a new outreach initiative.

Published in Talent

Thursday, 06 October 2022 16:23

Large battery projects create EV workforce training opportunities for higher ed

MECOSTA COUNTY — Landing large battery manufacturing plants that promise to drive billions of dollars in investments and create thousands of jobs represents not just major economic development for Michigan but also a significant opportunity for educators.

Published in Talent
Monday, 06 June 2022 14:43

West Mich. higher ed sees major recent leadership turnover

West Michigan colleges and universities saw significant leadership turnover during the spring, bringing in a new crop of presidents as workforce development proves crucial during a widespread talent crunch.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 10 April 2022 18:26

New Ferris State president confronts declining enrollment, post-pandemic opportunities

Ferris State University recently tapped Bill Pink as its new president after he served in the same role at Grand Rapids Community College since 2017. Pink starts the position in June after being selected over 70 other applicants. He brings to the new role a firm grasp on the state’s economic needs based in part on his active roles in multiple regional and statewide economic development organizations. Pink recently shared his vision for leading Big Rapids-based Ferris State, including overcoming recent enrollment declines and seizing partnerships after a recent $115 million capital campaign.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 10 April 2022 18:18

People in the news: April, 2022

Here is the MiBiz People in the news report for April 11, 2022 

Published in Talent
Sunday, 27 March 2022 18:44

People in the news: March 28, 2022

Here is the MiBiz People in the news report for March 28, 2022

Published in Talent
Friday, 03 December 2021 16:00

Holland, Big Rapids eyed for battery manufacturing developments

Advanced automotive battery suppliers are considering a pair of West Michigan cities for new or expanded manufacturing facilities, MiBiz has learned. 

Published in Energy

Sunday, 21 November 2021 18:50

The Right Place expands economic development reach to Mason, Mecosta counties

Regional economic development organization The Right Place Inc. is expanding its services to two new West Michigan counties while working with existing partners to develop full-time business attraction efforts.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 07 November 2021 15:23

Ferris marks ‘new era of philanthropy’ after reaching $115M fundraising goal

BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University has exceeded its $115 million goal in the Now and Always comprehensive fundraising campaign seven months ahead of its official close.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 25 April 2021 18:25

Blockbuster deal comes amid short-term furniture industry upheaval, long-term optimism

Gilbert Rhode’s vision from nearly a century ago fits today’s changing furniture design landscape as Herman Miller Inc. proposes to buy competitor Knoll Inc.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 28 March 2021 11:05

MiBiz Growth Report: March 28, 2021

Here's the MiBiz Growth Report for March 28, 2021.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 14 March 2021 19:20

Ferris State moves forward with $29.5M Center for Virtual Learning

BIG RAPIDS — With recent approval to begin construction on a new facility, Ferris State University will eventually have a new home for a variety of degree programs while helping the school to develop more dynamic and effective methods of online learning.

Sunday, 31 January 2021 18:45

Educational institutions strive to stock a talent-hungry cybersecurity industry

MUSKEGON — Even before colleges started offering curricula centered on cybersecurity, Susan Rhem-Westhoff was exploring that realm with her students at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center.

Published in Talent

Monday, 11 January 2021 17:00

Davenport University appoints higher ed veteran to lead business, technology colleges

Davenport University has appointed Amy Mansfield as the new dean of the Donald W. Maine College of Business and the College of Technology.

Published in Talent
Tuesday, 08 December 2020 16:06

Former UICA building in downtown Grand Rapids listed for $8.7M

GRAND RAPIDS — The former Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts building in downtown Grand Rapids is officially on the market for $8.7 million.

Monday, 12 October 2020 16:39

Ferris State lands $670K grant for rural STEM programming

BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University has landed a nearly $670,000 federal grant to expand virtual-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programming for rural high school students.

Published in Talent

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 12:21

GLIAC latest in slew of fall college sports cancellations

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) is the latest college sports league to scrap fall sports this year out of concerns over the transmission of COVID-19.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 13 March 2020 05:05

Higher ed transitions to online courses amid coronavirus pandemic

Colleges and universities from coast to coast are moving rapidly to close campuses and transition to virtual classrooms in lieu of face-to-face meetings as the spread of COVID-19 has transformed into a global pandemic. 

Published in Talent
Sunday, 24 November 2019 16:00

New Kendall College lab pairs firms with students around emerging Industry 4.0 technology

By partnering with Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University on an innovation lab, Joe Van Harken and Jeff Joanisse want to explore the use of an emerging technology and cultivate needed talent.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 04 August 2019 17:17

Johnson Center initiative to identify, share best practices for board development

GRAND RAPIDS — The ability of many nonprofits to successfully meet their missions can be directly tied to those who sit on their boards.

Published in Nonprofits
Tuesday, 06 November 2018 09:16

Ferris State raises bar to $115 million for current capital campaign

BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University extended a fundraising campaign by three years and increased the amount it hopes to secure from donors.

Published in Talent
Wednesday, 24 October 2018 14:16

Community Foundation for Muskegon County taps Fremont exec as next CEO

Trustees at the Community Foundation for Muskegon County named Todd Jacobs as the organization’s next president and CEO.

Published in Nonprofits

Friday, 28 September 2018 19:50

Report: Immigrants contribute $3.3 billion to Kent County economy

Immigrants now living in Kent County are making a significant impact on the local economy.

Published in Breaking News
Friday, 17 August 2018 15:47

Higher education increasingly relies on administrators to drive diversity, inclusion efforts

KALAMAZOO — Diversity and inclusion on college campuses throughout Michigan and the United States remain at the forefront of efforts to ensure a welcoming environment for all students.

Published in Nonprofits
Saturday, 07 July 2018 10:54

Pathways to careers: Initiative to improve access for people of color to health care jobs

GRAND RAPIDS — Creating a level playing field for people of color in Michigan who want to pursue careers in the health care sector will lay the foundation for their success and the state’s future economic growth. 

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 01 April 2018 22:47

Organizations support minority entrepreneurial initiatives in West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS –– An array of organizations in West Michigan have launched new initiatives aimed at bridging the wealth gap in a region characterized by vast income disparities.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:09

AMP Lab @WMU leverages partnerships to address talent shortage

GRAND RAPIDS — With the new AMP Lab @WMU that’s set to open this fall, Western Michigan University wants to leverage public- and private-sector partnerships to help local manufacturers innovate and access talent.

Published in Manufacturing
Friday, 10 November 2017 00:01

Ferris State plans comprehensive $80 million capital campaign

GRAND RAPIDS & BIG RAPIDS — For the first time in its history, Ferris State University plans to undertake a comprehensive capital campaign with the goal of raising $80 million. 

Published in Breaking News

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