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Displaying items by tag: Western Michigan University

Sunday, 27 October 2019 18:00

GR City Manager takes measured steps amid recent executive departures

GRAND RAPIDS — Faced with multiple departures from leadership positions at the city of Grand Rapids, City Manager Mark Washington wants to avoid being “hasty” about hiring replacements.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 13 September 2019 13:12

Grand Rapids’ economic development services manager leaving for WMU position

KALAMAZOO — Kara Wood, the managing director of economic development services for the city of Grand Rapids, will join Western Michigan University as an associate vice president for community partnerships on Oct. 7.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 15 September 2019 19:30

Michigan’s attractiveness grows among aerospace manufacturers

Michigan is the most attractive state in the Midwest for new aerospace manufacturing businesses.

Published in Manufacturing

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 13:52

Ascension Borgess purchases land in WMU Business park

KALAMAZOO — Ascension Borgess Hospital has purchased 8.2 acres of land from Western Michigan University for the future development of outpatient services. 

Friday, 05 July 2019 10:00

WMU gets approval to sell parcels in second phase of BTR Park

KALAMAZOO — Western Michigan University has the green light to begin selling parcels in the second phase of its Business Technology and Research Park.

Sunday, 26 May 2019 22:55

MSU, WMU tailor new workforce training programs to fit employers’ needs

In response to employers’ calls for action, colleges and universities throughout the state are making a major shift in their workforce training programs. Michigan State University and Western Michigan University, two of the state’s largest public universities, are responding to demands from business and industry leaders by collaborating with community colleges to add more accessible, job-focused credentialing programs to their curriculums.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 26 May 2019 08:49

WMU aviation school plans $22 million expansion in Battle Creek

BATTLE CREEK — The $22 million expansion of Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation at W.K. Kellogg Airport will include many visible signs of growth. Even so, Dave Powell, the dean of the aviation school, said he is focusing on an area of growth that’s less obvious: About 7 percent of all pilots and airline mechanics in the United States are people of color, and of that percentage about 2.5 percent are African American.

Published in Talent
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 16:23

WMU-Cooley Law School names new president

Directors today named James McGrath as the new president and dean at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 14 April 2019 20:09

MIDOCS places medical residents into underserved areas of Michigan

Four medical schools in Michigan partnered to direct new physicians into areas of the state that are underserved or have a shortage of physicians. Backed by a $5 million budget allocation that the four institutions matched with $1.25 million apiece, the medical schools each placed two additional medical residents this year to train and work in medically underserved areas of Michigan.

Published in Health Care

Tuesday, 09 April 2019 14:44

Texas company takes over management of Kalamazoo student housing

KALAMAZOO — Campus Advantage Inc., a student housing management company based in Austin, Texas, has taken over management of a property in Kalamazoo, near Western Michigan University.

Sunday, 17 February 2019 17:48

B-schools report mixed trends in MBA applications, enrollment

Amid national declines in the number of people applying to MBA programs in recent years, business schools in West Michigan are reporting mixed results. While applications to the MBA programs dropped at Michigan State University and Western Michigan University, both Grand Valley State University and Central Michigan University reported receiving higher numbers of applications in recent years. Likewise, MBA enrollment trends were all over the map, with MSU and GVSU reporting more students while both WMU and CMU saw the opposite.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 27 January 2019 20:23

WMU to offer new online I.T. security certification program

KALAMAZOO — Western Michigan University plans to launch an online program designed to improve the ability of I.T. professionals to protect against and mitigate hacks and data breaches. The eight-week, online certification program from WMU’s Haworth College of Business and College of Engineering and Applied Sciences starts in March and consists of four courses in high-demand cybersecurity specialties.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 20 January 2019 22:03

Q&A: Dr. David Karowe, Professor of biological sciences, Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University Professor David Karowe, Ph.D. has dire predictions for what will happen if people across the globe fail to take swift action to replace fossil fuels with green energy. While climate change affects systems globally, it will have real effects on the West Michigan region and its economy, according to Karowe’s predictions, which are informed by his years of research on the effects of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide in plants.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 28 October 2018 16:01

Corporate demand for renewable energy to drive new projects in Michigan

As Switch Ltd. planned a new data center in Gaines Township outside Grand Rapids three years ago, the company considered it critical that Consumers Energy could power the facility entirely with renewable energy.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 28 October 2018 15:00

MiBiz Growth Report: Oct. 29, 2018

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Oct. 29, 2018.

Published in Finance

Saturday, 13 October 2018 17:19

Bucking the Trend: West Michigan leaders focus on career pathways for students

As more high school students eschew enrolling in college, West Michigan technical centers and higher education institutions are searching for ways to push them to different career pathways.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 03 October 2018 12:08

GVSU inks admissions deal with WMed

Grand Valley State University today signed an agreement that allows students who want to pursue a medical career to apply early to the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, also known as WMed.

Published in Health Care
Saturday, 18 August 2018 17:20

Grand Angels targets up to $25 million for new VC fund

GRAND RAPIDS — Investment firm Grand Angels plans to launch its third venture capital fund, MiBiz has learned.

Published in Finance

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, 04 August 2018 15:45

Nonprofit manufacturer enables blind workers through training

KALAMAZOO — Rather than rely on grants, donations or fundraisers to make money, Midwest Enterprises for the Blind Inc. takes a different approach compared to most nonprofits. 

Published in Nonprofits
Saturday, 04 August 2018 15:00

West Michigan grocery retailers shift to tech-driven marketing initiatives

Spurred on by changing consumer shopping habits, West Michigan grocery retailers want to make the task of shopping less of a “chore” by leveraging new technology-driven initiatives.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 13 May 2018 19:00

Specialized master’s degree programs balloon as MBA enrollment flattens

The rise of big data and the need to interpret it to gain a competitive business advantage have led many executives to reassess their options for advanced degrees. While industry long considered the generalist Master of Business Administration as the standard for career advancement, more companies are prioritizing specialized graduate-level degrees in areas like analytics and data sciences.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 13 May 2018 19:00

GVSU searches for new president amid ‘remarkable’ change at state universities

Grand Valley State University’s search for a successor to President Tom Haas is the latest effort by a Michigan-based public university to secure a new leader.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 13 May 2018 19:00

Tech-savvy students drive higher ed to teach in new ways

As Millennials graduate from college and consider advanced degrees, West Michigan universities realize they need to integrate technology into course delivery and cater to a generation that grew up in the digital age.

Published in Talent

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
Sunday, 04 February 2018 01:37

Selling to out-of-state firms ‘the nature of the beast’ for West Michigan life sciences startups

KALAMAZOO — Armune BioScience Inc.’s sale to Madison, Wis.-based Exact Sciences Corp. reinforces the reality that some West Michigan-based life sciences firms will have to move out of the region to grow.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 10 December 2017 12:26

Michigan-based researchers attract more NIH funding in 2017

The federal research grants that Dr. Tom Rothstein and a colleague brought along when they came to Kalamazoo represent a milestone of sorts for the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 15 October 2017 20:00

Q&A: Bart Stupak, Former U.S. Representative, D-Menominee

As Congress debated the Affordable Care Act over 15 months in 2009 and 2010, then-U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak sought to strike a balance.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 01 October 2017 20:55

MiBiz Growth Report: Oct. 2, 2017

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Oct. 2, 2017.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 01 October 2017 17:25

Opioid abuse hampers employers’ efforts to fill job openings

PORTAGE — Staffing firm OnStaff USA is struggling to find applicants for the 400 open jobs it has available right now in Southwestern Michigan.

Published in Economic Development

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