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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.

Tech center targets next generation

Written by | Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:46 |

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.

Over the last few years, manufacturers have developed extensive in-house training programs in a move to combat skilled worker shortages.

Until business leaders can come together to address industry problems, companies “will not succeed.”

West Michigan employers brace for new OT regs

Written by | Sunday, 18 September 2016 13:28 |

Anew ruling aimed at giving more salaried workers access to overtime pay may have negative consequences for West Michigan companies and could ultimately end up hurting workers, despite the best of intentions. 

Employers plan to stick with moderate pay raises for workers next year and at the same time put more emphasis on one-time payouts and merit bonuses.

Reda Jaber could have gone in a few directions after graduating in 2014 from the University of Michigan with a trio of graduate degrees.

With more limited resources compared to for-profit businesses but an equal need for talent, nonprofits must turn to other incentives for attracting and retaining qualified, passionate people.

Despite losing one-third of its student body since 2012, Davenport University has embarked on a wave of spending, including expanded facilities, new dormitories and the addition of a football team this fall.

statewide analysis of the insurance industry’s $37.1 billion economic impact provides a basis to lure more players to Michigan, as well as highlights the need for training new talent to replace an aging workforce.

For years, the MBA has been the advanced degree of choice for many executives in West Michigan and beyond, particularly as they look to climb the corporate ladder.  But the times and the needs of students have been changing in recent years. 

With the arrival of a new generation of workers comes a new set of personal and cultural values that employers must adapt to as they try to attract and retain the top talent. 

As West Michigan businesses have identified a need for increased professional development and management training in the workplace, many of them have strengthened their ties to local colleges and universities.

As dozens of comedians prepare to take the stage in Grand Rapids as part of the fifth-annual LaughFest comedy festival, corporate managers may find the performers’ interactions with the audience to be anything but funny business.

West Michigan talent development organization Talent 2025 Inc. along with Gov. Rick Snyder announced today the launch of the Michigan Work Ready Community Initiative (MiWRC).

Startup School

Written by | Sunday, 19 January 2014 20:38 |

West Michigan’s colleges and universities are adding programs and contests aimed at budding entrepreneurs. From curriculums with an entrepreneurial emphasis to pitch and business plan competitions, the region’s institutes of higher education are building business programs that put academic theory into real-life practice.

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