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Rather than send workers from West Michigan to the east side of the state or to out-of-state training centers, one local program aims to offer those opportunities closer to home.

2008 was a year nearly every organization would like to forget, including Cornerstone University. The faith-based institution of higher education was suffering its third straight year of declining enrollment. Tuition revenues plunged, while the stagnant economy crimped donations.  Then Joe Stowell arrived. 

A coalition of law firms working to increase diversity within the legal community will seek to brand Grand Rapids as a destination for minority and female attorneys.

They say in Hollywood that there's the movie you write, the movie you shoot and the movie that's left when all the edited clips have been swept from the cutting room floor. Similarly, there's a large local audience waiting in line to see the final version of the Compass College of Cinematic Arts saga.

Max Shangle just celebrated his third decade at Kendall College of Art and Design, the last two years as dean of the college. The experienced furniture designer and design consultant said he is invigorated by the state of change at the college. He believes Kendall is poised to make a statement through its new president, the newly renovated Historic Federal Building and the three new degree programs in design collaboration, fashion studies and medical illustration. "Kendall really is ready," Shangle told MiBiz during a wide-ranging interview about design's role in business, the nature of design education and more.

BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University joins the ranks of institutions of higher education intentionally focusing on entrepreneurship with the creation of the Entrepreneurial Institute, which launched last fall. 

The institute is the brainchild of Ferris First, a group organized by the university's Strategic Planning Commission and Resource Council.

MICHIGAN — Michigan's top three research universities say they're doing their share to support innovation and to create the talent pipeline behind it.

In one recent report, the University Research Corridor says its members — consisting of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University — benchmark well against research clusters nationally in terms of enrollments, graduates with high-tech degrees, research and development expenditures, and technology transfers into the marketplace.

CALEDONIA — An aging population that will increasingly require more care led Davenport University to launch a trio of graduate programs designed to elevate the health care talent level in the Grand Rapids area.

The new master's degree in nursing and master's in occupational therapy, plus a doctorate in physical therapy, are geared for people well into their careers and will offer a mixture of courses to enhance their clinical skills and enable them to move into administration or even higher in a management role.

KALAMAZOO — Western Michigan University plans to offer a new degree to complement the demands of companies looking for new skilled workers.

Starting in the fall, WMU will roll out its Master of Arts in Leadership for Organizational Learning and Performance program.

After a decade of budget slashing in schools and arts groups, starting an arts-based school in Grand Rapids might not seem like a winning proposition, but it's exactly what Grand Rapids Symphony education director Claire VanBrandeghen plans to do.

WEST MICHIGAN — For the first time in recent memory, the state of Michigan is actually adding money back to its higher education budget.

Grand Valley State University's latest venture seeks to grow management talent in the region. 

The university this spring formed the Center for Leadership & Innovation as part of the Seidman College of Business to provide training for middle managers at businesses across West Michigan.

Q&A: David Rosen, Ph.D.

Written by | Friday, 13 April 2012 11:12 |

When Oliver Evans steps down in July as president of Kendall College of Art and Design — the school he’s led for 18 years — he will be succeeded by David Rosen, currently the senior VP and VP of academic affairs at Woodbury University, a private California school. A former professor of English and drama, he also directed academic and small theater productions and is a published writer of fiction and of one rock song, “Valerie,” released by the Greg Kihn Band. Rosen talked with MiBiz about his vision for Kendall.

A new program not only helps members of the community to find affordable housing, but it also serves as a vehicle to teach other people the skills they need for a successful career in the construction industry.

A coalition of Michigan universities aims to accelerate the commercialization of technology developed in their labs by developing a broader talent base that can take a concept to the marketplace.

Once upon a time, if you wanted a Papa John’s pizza, you’d pick up the phone and order one. These days, customers are just as likely to place their orders with a Papa John’s app downloaded from the iTunes store. The company started taking orders online a decade ago, and online orders represent a bigger slice of the pizza chain’s sales every year.

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