For Michigan companies scaling back but not completely shutting down as the state tightens restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus, a little-used program is drawing new attention as an alternative to layoffs.

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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. 

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The talent needs of employers are a constantly moving target that requires companies to foster and maintain close ties with educators to keep up with the demands of the 21st century economy. 

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GRAND RAPIDS — For much of her career, Jacey Ehmann was the only woman in the room. 

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As one of the first students to graduate from a workforce development program funded by heavy metal band Metallica, Krista Steffens developed skills that sparked her creativity and fueled under her career.

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GRCC becomes free for Grand Rapids students

Students who attend high school in Grand Rapids will soon be able to continue their education for free at Grand Rapids Community College.

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At a state-of-the-art machine tool laboratory in downtown Grand Rapids, a group of non-technical sales professionals learns about carbide, a compound made from carbon and metal, as well as takes in lessons about radial chip thinning, blueprinting and how tool cutting works.

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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.

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GRAND RAPIDS — For many people who work behind a desk, the thought of being funny in front of an audience is terrifying.

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Michigan ranked 20th in the nation 19 years ago in per-resident state funding for higher education.

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