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Kendall College president to step down June 30, return to teaching
Leslie Bellavance plans to return to teaching and step down this summer as president of Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University.
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.
GRCC to introduce students to health careers via Scrubs Camps
GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community College plans to use a $100,000 grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation to try to convince more middle school and high school students to consider a career in health care. The college plans to reach out to schools to encourage eighth-, ninth- and 10th-grade students to enroll in a trio of week-long “Health Care Scrubs Camps” scheduled for this summer that will introduce them to health care jobs in the region.
MCC invests in permanent campus in northwest Ottawa County
Buying a site in the Grand Haven area gives Muskegon Community College a permanent campus location in northwestern Ottawa County. MCC took possession this month of a former funeral home location on Lincoln Street in Grand Haven Township, just west of U.S. 31. The college paid $378,000 for the property, where it plans to invest another $432,000 in renovations and start hosting classes beginning this fall.
Firms more active in recruiting for construction trades
When Steve Huizenga seeks to recruit the next generation of tradespeople, he stresses to young candidates that the industry is “not your grandpa’s trade” anymore. Huizenga, president of Allied Mechanical Services Inc., a Grand Rapids-based mechanical contracting firm, said promoting the technology used in the construction trades has been key in recruiting men and women to join his company.
Michigan’s public universities make case for greater state investment
The organization that represents Michigan’s 15 public universities hopes the new governor and legislature will raise state financial support for higher education. In repeating its case for more support, the Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU) cites state data showing a greater need in today’s economy for a college education. Of the top 50 high-demand occupations in Michigan, 36 require at least a four-year degree.
Redefining skills may be the key to filling the gap
Recent research has indicated the so-called skills gap of the past decade may have been associated more with expectations of employers than the qualifications of the workforce. Millions of jobs were lost in the U.S. during the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009, and for years after the economic decline officially yielded, high unemployment rates persisted. Even with large pools of job seekers, employers reported difficulty in finding candidates with acceptable skills, credentialing or postsecondary education. Many experts dubbed the phenomenon a “skills gap.”
REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: Attracting young workers from outside GR remains a priority
Marketing Grand Rapids as a place for young people to live and work is becoming increasingly important to the local economy.
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.
Employers value culture as key to talent attraction, survey finds
Culture trumps salary in the race for talent nowadays. That’s the shift Dave Smith has seen the last few years among employers in West Michigan as unemployment rates steadily declined and the labor market tightened.
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.
WMCAT joins state push to focus on cybersecurity
The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) has been named the state’s fifth “Cyber Range Hub,” an initiative aimed at bolstering the Michigan’s cybersecurity defenses.
To bring in talent, manufacturing ‘must sell itself’ to students
GRAND RAPIDS — Like many West Michigan-based manufacturers, Wolverine Coil Spring Co. has adopted an all-hands-on-deck approach to counter industry stereotypes and address talent-attraction challenges.
MiBiz Higher Education Special Report: Executive Education & Training
Here's a list of articles in MiBiz's Higher Education focus section in the May 14, 2018 edition:
As tech reshapes industry, automation also shifts companies’ training needs
Dan Brookhouse can’t stress enough to his control engineering students that automation is the future for the manufacturing industry.
Michigan research universities rank 3rd among peers for innovation
Michigan’s big three research universities kept up with their peers during the past decade in graduating talent, but lagged in commercializing innovations stemming from research.
From Boardroom to Classroom: Execs-turned-educators bring practical knowledge to students
A handful of West Michigan executives find that practical business experience can carry over from the boardroom to the classroom.
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.
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.
Flexibility Rules: Execs-turned-educators bring practical knowledge to students
Today’s up-and-coming digital generation still sees the value of a degree-based management education, but a growing number prefer self-directed learning and just-in-time courses instead of established MBA programs, according to a new study.
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.
Call to Action: As education results in Michigan slip, stakeholders mobilize
Michigan’s beleaguered K-12 public education system continues to take a beating from the state’s business groups.
Workforce development initiatives show signs of progress
By focusing on an internal culture that favors employee retention and support for external training initiatives, some West Michigan executives say they’ve largely avoided any problems associated with labor shortages.
Southwest Michigan manufacturers join KVCC consortium to fill workplace gaps
Until business leaders can come together to address industry problems, companies “will not succeed.”
Manufacturers solve problems internally, bring training in-house
Over the last few years, manufacturers have developed extensive in-house training programs in a move to combat skilled worker shortages.
Tech center targets next generation
Backed by $432,000 in new state funding, the Kent Career Tech Center aims to expose more students to career opportunities in the skilled trades.
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.
Emerging entrepreneurs wrestle with challenges to scale, grow in West Michigan
West Michigan continues to attract people looking to start, scale and grow all manner of business ideas.
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.
Liberal arts colleges establish engineering programs through partnerships
As demand for engineering talent continues to intensify, some West Michigan liberal arts colleges are partnering with larger state-funded institutions to add niche programs to their curricula.