Displaying items tagged: talent

Wednesday, 01 February 2023 13:19

Winnie Brinks went from the school PTO to Senate majority leader

Winnie Brinks was working as a nonprofit caseworker and volunteering with the East Grand Rapids parent-teacher organization when she got an unexpected call in 2012.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 29 January 2023 18:26

People in the news: Jan. 30, 2023

A roundup of promotions, new hires, advancements and award winners in West Michigan.

Published in Talent
Wednesday, 25 January 2023 10:56

Consulting, engineering firm Disher acquires leader development organization

ZEELAND — West Michigan engineering, consulting and product development firm Disher Corp. has acquired leader-development organization Leading by Design LLC in what company executives call an “ideal fit.”

Published in Talent

Thursday, 19 January 2023 16:40

New GRCC president discusses business partnerships, boosting enrollment

Charles Lepper started this week as the 11th president of Grand Rapids Community College, succeeding Bill Pink, who took a job in July 2022 as the president of Ferris State University.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 15 January 2023 17:23

People in the news: Jan. 16, 2023

Here are the staffing announcements from the Jan. 16, 2023 print edition. 

Published in Talent
Sunday, 15 January 2023 17:19

Reconnect reforms boost program flexibility; advocates seek to lower minimum age to 21

Late last month, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a pair of bills into law that aim to boost participation in a free statewide community college tuition program by shifting reporting requirements and allowing more flexibility in class scheduling.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 15 January 2023 17:16

Survey: Low pay, child care constraints hold back West Michigan labor participation

People in West Michigan indicate that low pay and the inability to find affordable child care are two key factors keeping them out of the workforce. 

Published in Talent
Friday, 06 January 2023 14:58

Proposed FTC rule would ban use of non-competes blocking workers from jobs at competitors

Federal trade regulators want to ban the use of non-compete agreements that some employers use to keep workers from taking a job at an industry competitor.

Published in Talent
Wednesday, 04 January 2023 17:23

Family-owned Hudsonville Ice Cream hires former Smucker exec as new CEO

HOLLAND —  Veteran food exec Tina Floyd will join family-owned Hudsonville Creamery and Ice Cream Company LLC on Feb. 13 as its next CEO, taking over for co-owner Denny Ellens.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Wednesday, 14 December 2022 20:02

Davenport University launches public phase of $35M capital campaign to support next generation of students

Davenport University this week rolled out the public phase of a $35 million capital campaign.

Published in Talent
Monday, 12 December 2022 14:22

GR branch workers at largest Michigan credit union seek to unionize

GRAND RAPIDS — Staff at Lake Michigan Credit Union’s South Division branch in Grand Rapids are seeking a vote for union representation.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 04 December 2022 17:42

People in the news: Dec. 5, 2022

Here are the staffing announcements from the Nov. 21, 2022 print edition. 

Published in Talent

Wednesday, 30 November 2022 11:46

Public-private partnership aims to create 1,000 child care slots across Ottawa Co.

Ottawa County officials have signed off on plans to leverage $7.5 million in federal stimulus funds with nearly $25 million from the private sector to create 1,000 new child care slots in the next three years.

Published in Nonprofits
Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:01

University of Michigan Health-West, GRCC take on nursing shortage with new partnership

University of Michigan Health-West will help nursing students at Grand Rapids Community College pay for their training through a new partnership designed to address an acute nursing shortage.

Published in Health Care
Monday, 28 November 2022 16:48

New report examines causes of Michigan’s declining labor participation rate

Falling off the “benefits cliff,” declining higher education enrollment, and a widespread skills gap have each contributed to Michigan’s labor force participation rate dropping by nearly twice the national average over the past two decades.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 20 November 2022 18:39

People in the news: Nov. 21, 2022

Here are the staffing announcements from the Nov. 21, 2022 print edition. 

Published in Talent
Sunday, 20 November 2022 18:35

As job-seeker’s market persists, West Michigan employers boost wages to stay competitive

Grand Rapids-area employers raised wages by an average of 5.2 percent this year, an amount that exceeds historical norms as companies adjust pay to attract and retain people in a fiercely tight labor market.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 06 November 2022 18:09

People in the News: Nov. 7, 2022

Here are the staffing announcements from the Nov. 7, 2022 print edition. 

Published in Talent

Sunday, 06 November 2022 18:02

CHANNELING HOPE: DEI consultant Julian Newman helps organizations expand cultural bandwidth

During the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, Julian Newman became disillusioned with all the back-and-forth arguing that was taking place in commentaries and on social media. 

Published in Talent
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
Friday, 04 November 2022 13:28

Wyoming Kentwood Chamber forms BIPOC advisory council to convene minority business leaders

The Wyoming Kentwood Chamber hopes a newly formed BIPOC Business Leader Advisory Council gives a voice to business owners and entrepreneurs from underrepresented yet demographically prominent communities.

Published in Talent

Monday, 31 October 2022 14:32

WMCAT awarded $150K Google grant to launch tech career training program

GRAND RAPIDS — The West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) recently received a $150,000 grant from Google to support the nonprofit’s new Adult Career Training Program.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 23 October 2022 18:00

People in the News: Oct. 24, 2022

Here are the staffing announcements from the Oct. 24, 2022 print edition. To subscribe (free to qualified business executives), visit mibiz.com/subscribe.

Published in Talent
Wednesday, 19 October 2022 15:39

Steinman steps down as GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute director to pursue research

MUSKEGON — Alan Steinman, who helped grow Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute in size and prominence within the Great Lakes region during his 21 years as director, recently stepped down to focus on research full time.

Published in Talent

Wednesday, 19 October 2022 14:05

Officials seek more employers to grow affordable child care program statewide

A public-private initiative formed to make child care affordable for working parents in Michigan has begun moving from the pilot stage to full implementation.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 14 October 2022 15:06

Q&A: 3-year grant to help Northern Initiatives improve small business job quality

Small business lender Northern Initiatives will receive $100,000 from major foundations annually over the next three years to help grow small businesses across Michigan.

Published in Small Business
Thursday, 13 October 2022 16:02

GRPS, WMU partner on manufacturing and design training certificate for high schoolers

GRAND RAPIDS — Western Michigan University and Grand Rapids Public Schools have formed a two-year dual-enrollment partnership to assist high school students interested in pursuing careers in integrated design and manufacturing. 

Published in Talent

Sunday, 09 October 2022 19:33

People in the News: Oct. 10, 2022

People in the News: A roundup of new hires, promotions and awards in West Michigan.

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
Thursday, 06 October 2022 14:32

Q&A: West Michigan’s first Black-founded, Black-led community foundation takes root

Ciarra Adkins formed the first Black-founded and Black-led community foundation in West Michigan with a primary goal to shift the narrative about Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and philanthropy. Specifically, she wants to advance the notion that these residents are not simply “receivers” of funds, but also serve as “distributors.”

Published in Nonprofits

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