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Displaying items by tag: 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
Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:00

Anxiety and uncertainty: Fallout from Trump administration’s plan to rescind DACA

West Michigan educators and at least one business group say the Trump administration’s plan to rescind the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program already is leading to anxiety and uncertainty.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 03 September 2017 16:53

State court could clarify which nonprofits can claim tax-exempt status

GRAND RAPIDS — Adding clarity to the definition of the word “charitable” as it applies to Michigan nonprofits could enable more organizations to claim tax-exempt status.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 20 August 2017 10:18

Meijer to restructure I.T. department amid changing retail landscape

WALKER — Amid intense competition in the retail grocery sector, Meijer Inc. will trim and restructure its information technology services (ITS) staff in the coming months, MiBiz has learned.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 06 August 2017 15:59

Q&A: Dr. Edward Montgomery, President of Western Michigan University

Dr. Edward Montgomery began his tenure as Western Michigan University’s ninth president last week, taking over from former President John Dunn who stepped down after a decade in the role. Montgomery joins WMU after a career in a variety of positions both within and outside academia. An economist by training, Mongomery most recently served as the dean of the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. He also worked in both the Clinton and Obama administrations, serving as the “Auto Recovery Czar” during the latter president’s term in office. Less than two days into his new position, Montgomery spoke with MiBiz about his background in higher education and his plans for the university going forward.

Published in Q&A

Friday, 14 July 2017 11:23

Lansing Community College partners with Delta on aviation maintenance program

A Mid-Michigan community college has partnered with a major U.S. airline on an aircraft maintenance program.

Published in Breaking News
Monday, 26 June 2017 12:36

Kalamazoo apartment complex sells to out-of-state owners

Grand Rapids-based commercial brokerage Beacon Realty Group LLC has closed a deal bringing the Mansard House Apartment complex in Kalamazoo under new, undisclosed ownership.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 18 June 2017 12:00

Amazon-Whole Foods deal could shake up grocery industry

News on Friday that Amazon.com Inc. planned to buy struggling organic food retailer Whole Foods Market Inc. sent shockwaves through the grocery industry, including in West Michigan.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 11 June 2017 20:00

GVSU’s new Design Thinking Academy aims to embed design culture in local companies

GRAND RAPIDS — Over his storied career, John Berry has advocated for the benefits of incorporating design principles outside of traditional creative industries. Now, Berry is taking that vision one step further at Grand Valley State University with the new Design Thinking Academy, where he serves as director. The academy spun off from the university’s Design Thinking Initiative that launched in 2014.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 28 May 2017 16:33

WMU forges aviation maintenance training partnership with Delta Airlines

BATTLE CREEK — Through a new partnership with one of the world’s largest commercial airline carriers, Western Michigan University hopes to become a premier institution for training aircraft maintenance personnel.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 28 May 2017 16:20

Pitch competitions prepare budding entrepreneurs for real world businesses

His first business presented workshops on renewable energy at elementary schools and included solar power kits students could assemble.

Published in Talent

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