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Engineering and construction firms must prepare now to be able to handle the amount of work coming at some point in the future to repair Michigan’s crumbling roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

In launching a joint degree this fall in osteopathic medicine and business, Michigan State University seeks to produce better doctors.

The design process doesn’t have to be inclusive solely to designers. That’s the philosophy of Liz Sanders, a professor of design research at Ohio State University and founder of Make Tools. Sanders, who originally studied anthropology and who holds an advanced degree in experimental psychology, has spent her career encouraging designers to collaborate with end users and other disciplines to produce better products. Prior to her talk April 10 during the West Michigan Design Week, she spoke with MiBiz about her design philosophy, its impact on businesses and society and how design will be shaped in the future.

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.

Business professionals and managers looking to take the next step in their careers often turn to graduate degrees such as those offered in executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs to help advance their skills and make important career connections.

GRCC offers niche program in industrial sewing

Written by | Sunday, 15 February 2015 22:00 |

Specialized industries in West Michigan often run into the same training and talent constraints as high-growth sectors such as the automotive supply chain.

Many successful craft brewers have relied on a very inexact science to learn and master their craft and bring it to market. For those companies, the do-it-yourself mentality serves as the romantic side of brewing.

GVSU expands PA program to Traverse City

Written by | Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:05 |

Grand Valley State University plans to expand its Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies with the opening a satellite location in Traverse City for the fall semester in 2015.

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).

The next year and a half is shaping up to be a busy period for higher education building projects.

Q&A: WMU President John Dunn

Written by | Sunday, 08 June 2014 22:00 |

After years of planning and preparation, Western Michigan University this fall will welcome its first class of students at its new medical school.

GVSU President Tom Haas

Written by | Sunday, 08 June 2014 22:00 |

Tom Haas enters his ninth year as president of Grand Valley State University with a priority of formulating a new five-year vision.

The new strategic plan Ferris State University adopted in May builds off a vision that’s guided the school since 2008.

Even as more business professionals in West Michigan continue to pursue MBAs and other advanced degrees, universities in the region have yet to experience drastic swings in enrollment.

Talent pipelines are more than just buzzwords among West Michigan companies looking to bolster their workforce development activities.

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