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OU/WSU partnership expands to include political science students pursuing bachelor's, law degrees

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Political Science majors at Oakland University can now earn both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years through the university’s existing partnership with Wayne State University Law School.

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Oakland County CISO garners national award

Oakland County’s Chief Information Security Officer Chris Burrows received national recognition for making a difference in cybersecurity. He was among a handful of 2016 “Difference Makers” whom the SANS Institute honored at its Defense Initiative Training Event in Washington D.C. The Difference Makers award “celebrates those individuals whose innovation, skill and hard work have resulted in real increases in information security.”

“This is a banner year for Chris,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Back in October, the Michigan Government Management Information Sciences (MI-GMIS) organization named him Michigan’s IT Professional of the Year. Now, he is among a dozen individuals recognized nationally for advancing information security. We are proud to have him as a member of our team.” 

The SANS Institute said in a press release that “Burrows drove improvements in basic security hygiene, including elimination of unneeded administrative privileges and resolving all critical vulnerabilities within 48 hours. In addition to his CISO duties, he volunteers as a Team Leader in the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps, which is a group of experienced cybersecurity experts who individually volunteer to provide assistance to the state of Michigan in times of emergency. Burrows has CISSP and GICSP certification and has served on international IT Security Standard Boards.”

“It is gratifying to have our hard work recognized both on a state and national level in the same year,” Burrows said. “But this award is the result of a lot of initiative and innovation by our IT Department team.”

Burrows joined Oakland County in 2013 bringing more than a quarter century of experience from the private sector including in risk management, information security, and IT operations. In a few short years, he has created Oakland County’s first IT risk and security program. Plus, he helped implement CySAFE, a free IT risk assessment tool Oakland County makes available to other governments and businesses in the cloud. CySAFE has been downloaded in all 50 states.

Burrows also has provided leadership and guidance as a security advocate for other Michigan counties seeking to build or enhance their IT security including Washtenaw, Wayne, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe. He is working with local universities including Oakland University and Walsh College to help them identify relevant content for their cyber security programs. In addition, he is creating his own course called “Current Issues in Cyber Security” which he will begin teaching at Walsh College.

“Chris’s leadership in the IT Department has transformed the way we think about cyber security,” said Deputy County Executive and CIO Phil Bertolini. “Not only is he having an impact on Oakland County, but he is also sharing his insight and best practices around the region.”

Burrows, 45, lives in Commerce Township with his wife Heather and two children. He holds a MBA from Lawrence Technological University, BSBA from Central Michigan University, along with numerous technical certifications including a CISSP (Certified Information System Security Professional).

About SANS Institute 
The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach over 50 different courses at more than 200 live cyber security training events as well as online. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates employee qualifications via 30 hands-on, technical certifications in information security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master's degrees in cyber security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system--the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community. (http://www.sans.org)

Continental Inc. partners with DigiLens on augmented reality displays

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Auburn Hills-based international technology company Continental has entered a strategic partnership with holographic projection technology leader DigiLens Inc., to develop ultra-thin Augmented Reality Head-up Displays for the automotive industry.

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'Santa's Flight Academy' elf costumes made by Detroit Sewn

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Santa’s Flight Academy debuted this season in 12 Taubman shopping centers across the United States, including Michigan malls at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills and Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi. Bloomfield Hills-based Taubman partnered with Pontiac-based Detroit Sewn for the elf costumes for employees on the Santa’s Flight Academy sets at all 12 malls. 

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Waterford native provides a variety of running gear at shop

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Paul Coughlin and his staff at the three locations of Runnin’ Gear want to see, touch and even smell your old running and athletic shoes.

Don’t worry, they have a good reason. Simply put, it is the best way to ensure that the next pair of running shoes you purchase is indeed a perfect fit.

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100 Businesses Who Care launches in Southeast Michigan

100 Businesses Who Care is a group of 100 top decision-makers from southeast Michigan who want to make an impact on the local community. By combining donations from each member, 100 Businesses Who Care fuels the critical work being done by local nonprofits to expand their services and further their support and role in making a difference.
 
The idea is simple. Each member (company or individual contributor) commits to donating $500 at a bi-annual meeting, and receives an opportunity to nominate and vote for one 501(c)(3) non-profit to support. Each meeting will begin with networking, allowing like-minded business leaders to collaborate. With 100 members, $500 individual donations will combine to create an impactful $50,000 donation to the non-profit organization voted upon by the group.  Essentially, this is a foundation for face-to-face “crowd funding.”
 
As the group grows beyond 100 members, so will its contribution to the community.  100 Businesses Who Care also provides a unique opportunity for members to connect and network with like-minded businesses in southeast Michigan.  Additionally, this is an exceptional platform for three non-profits at each meeting to get incredible exposure and educate an audience of top influencers on their missions.

“100 Businesses Who Care offers a simple, yet powerful strategy for local businesses to give back to non-profit organizations and the people they serve in Southeast Michigan,” said Amy Whipple, co-founder of Purple Squirrel Advisors, 100 Women Who Care, and founding member of 100 Businesses Who Care. “The efficient 2-hour bi-annual meetings  will give members an opportunity to make a significant impact on the community.” 
 
100 Businesses Who Care is modeled after the success of 100 Women Who Care – Greater Rochester, an organization of 250 women that has gifted over $250,000 to 14 different local organizations and have inspired the creation  of many similar groups. The founding members recognized that this unique and efficient giving model could be replicated for the business community to make a significant financial impact on a deserving non-profit.
 
100 Businesses Who Care’s current Founding Members and Advisory Board consists of influential and reputable business leaders around Southeast Michigan from a variety of industries and geographic locations including: Amy Whipple (Purple Squirrel Advisors), Carrie Schochet (Purple Squirrel Advisors), Bob Quigley (Renaissance Executive Forums), Steve Benedettini (Spalding DeDecker), Sarah Knapp (SK Consulting), Kevin Krason (BizNet Digital), Joe DiCresce (Marsh & McLennan Agency), Tim Nasso (The Nasso Group) Mayor Bryan Barnett (City of Rochester Hills), Chris Bayer (Bayloff Stamped Products), Deb Behring (JB Cutting), Paul Edwards (Plante Moran), Jason and Amy Hanley (OrangeTheory Fitness), Gina Mangold (Holiday Market), Tim O’Brien (O’Brien Construction Co.), Evans Panton (EDP Management), Gretchen Perkins (Huron Capital Partners), Brian Rolfe (Kemp Klein), and David Walker (Hartland Insurance).
 
“I am thrilled to see 100 Businesses Who Care launch in our community,” said Bryan Barnett, Mayor of Rochester Hills. “This group exemplifies the overwhelming generosity of our community and highlights the wonderful tradition our business community has created of giving back to those in need. I am supremely proud of all involved in this philanthropic effort and look forward to hearing the stories of the lives that will be changed as like-minded businesses collaborate and give back.”
 
100 Businesses Who Care’s first meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 15th from 7:30-9:30am at the Troy Community Center. Be a part of the philanthropic revolution.  Find out more and fill out the commitment form at: http://100businesseswhocare.com/join/ 
 
About 100 Businesses Who Care
100 Businesses Who Care is a group of businesses and business leaders  committed to making an impact on the local community through an efficient and effective philanthropic strategy. Modeled after the successful efforts of 100 Women Who Care-Greater Rochester, each member of 100 Businesses Who Care commits to donating $500 at a bi-annual meeting, and receives an opportunity to nominate and vote for one 501(c)(3) non-profit to support. Connecting like-minded businesses in southeast Michigan, each $500 donation multiplies into an impactful $50,000 donation to the non-profit organization voted upon by the group. For more information on 100 Businesses Who Care, visit: http://100businesseswhocare.com
 

Beaumont Hospital unveils renovated cardiac lab in Farmington Hills

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As part of an ongoing $160 million expansion plan, Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills has opened its updated Cardiac Catheterization Lab, which was taken out of service in mid-October to install an advanced imaging system.  

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Mayor Barnett attended Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship

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Mayor Bryan K. Barnett joined mayors from around the nation at the fourth annual Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Barnett was among hundreds of mayors across the county that came together to explore how cities can make entrepreneurial opportunities available to all.

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2016 Women's Leadership Conference, "Leading with Purpose"

Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC) hosted its second Women’s Leadership Conference, “Leading with Purpose”. The event was held Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 11:00 AM to 3:30PM at Greektown Casino Hotel located in Detroit, MI.

APACC’S Women’s Leadership Conference was a half-day event of inspiration and empowerment designed with ALL women in mind. The event was Chaired by Linglong He, CIO of Quicken Loans and the keynote speaker was Mina Sooch, President and CEO, Gemphire Therapeutics and CoFounder and Managing Director, Apjohn Ventures.

This was the second time APACC hosted a women’s conference with the premiere event being held in 2014. This year, the event offered attendees a choice of two of four breakout sessions designed to help them grow both personally and professionally.

Breakout session titled, “You’re THE One”, sponsored by Kyyba, Inc. with presentation by Julie Booksh, Licensed Professional Counselor helped attendees learn to be the biggest cheerleader of themselves and assisted in ways to articulate your strength at work.

Breakout session titled, “Grow Your Value”, sponsored by Quicken Loans with presentation by Kristina Kolbas, Senior Vice President, IT Client Platforms, Quicken Loans discussed with attendees ideas on how to elevate their career to next level.

Breakout session titled, “Steps to Financial Security”, sponsored by Comerica Bank consisted of a panel of Comerica Bank experts including Barton Burns, V.P. Wealth Planning Manager, Mary Nichols, V.P. Senior Wealth Advisor, Lee Lien, V.P. Senior Investment Strategist which guided attendees on taking the right steps in planning their financial future.

Breakout session titled, “Reprogram Yourself for Work Life Balance”, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan with presentation by Cindy Bjorkquist, Director of Health and Wellness, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan encouraged attendees with suggestions on how to handle work, home life and personal goals.

The Crystal Sponsor for this event was Quicken Loans, Wisdom Sponsor - Comerica Bank, Energizing Sponsor - Federal-Mogul Corporation, Enlightening Sponsor - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Inspiring Sponsor - Kyyba Inc., Event Sponsors - Acro Service CorporationDTE EnergyFord Motor Company & General Motors, Keepsake Sponsor - Gardner-White Furniture, Media Sponsor - Corp! Magazine and the Magazine Sponsor – Dbusiness.

For more information about APACC, please visit www.apacc.net or call 248-430-5855.

APACC's mission is to facilitate business relationships among Asian and U.S. based companies and to promote the economic advancement of Asian Pacific Americans.

December Business Workshops

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Give your business the gift of an Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center workshop this holiday season. Whether you’re a start-up entrepreneur or a seasoned professional, the One Stop Shop can help you with your business needs. Take advantage of offered tools, experts, and workshops to get your business off the ground, or keep it running smoothly during the holiday rush. Tis the season to perfect your business plan!

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Troy's Altair partners with the University of the Philippines on future urban design

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Altair, a Troy-based company that focuses on the development and application of simulation technology, is partnering with the University of the Philippines. As part of the collaboration, Altair will provide licenses at no cost for its computer-aided engineering and design solutions software to the architecture faculty at the university’s new Design Lab.  

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Lawrence Tech, St. John Providence to launch new bachelor's degree in nursing

St. John Providence and Lawrence Technological University have received state approval to establish a nursing education program.
 
The program, which will open in the Fall 2017 semester in August, will have classroom instruction at Lawrence Tech’s Southfield campus, with clinical and laboratory instruction at six St. John Providence hospital locations around metro Detroit. St. John Providence is part of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.
 
The new program will fall under Lawrence Tech’s College of Arts and Sciences as a major in the LTU Department of Natural Sciences, granting a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
 
“Michigan and the nation as a whole are in the midst of a continuing shortage of qualified, well-trained nurses,” Lawrence Tech President Virinder Moudgil said. “We aim to help solve that problem with a nursing education program that will take full advantage of our 85-year history as a technologically advanced university. Our founding motto, ‘Theory and Practice,’ is a perfect description of the kind of nursing education we will deliver with our partners at Providence.”
 
“This partnership is part of our ongoing commitment to providing the training our future nurses need so they can deliver the high quality and compassionate care that patients expect and deserve,” said St. John Providence President & CEO, Jean Meyer.
 
The Michigan Board of Nursing approved the application for the new nursing program Thursday.
 
Lawrence Tech has hired Therese Jamison, DNP, ACNP-BC, as professor of nursing and director of the program. Jamison earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Vanderbilt University. Earlier, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Wayne State University, as well as a post-master’s certificate as an acute care nurse practitioner from the University of Michigan.
 
A veteran nursing specialist, Jamison continues to work one day a week as a nurse practitioner in cardiovascular services at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.
 
The six St. John Providence hospital locations are: St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit; St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus; St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus; Providence-Providence Park Hospital, Southfield; Providence-Providence Park Hospital, Novi; and St. John River District Hospital, East China Township.
 
The new nursing program will admit an initial cohort of 32 students for the Fall 2017 academic semester, and 32 new students per year thereafter.
 
Jamison said the LTU-St. John Providence nursing program will be unique in that it will admit qualified students directly into the nursing program, and nursing classes will start in the curriculum’s first term. Most nursing programs admit students to a “pre-nursing” program for two years of prerequisite courses, then admit a smaller number of those students to the formal nursing program.
 
Also unique is the close academic-practice partnership between LTU and St. John Providence, Jamison said. Most nursing programs offer their clinical programs through a wide variety of hospital groups, creating barriers for students in navigating the healthcare system.
 
The LTU-St. John Providence program will conduct its courses year-around over 11 semesters, requiring 126 credit hours of study.
 
St. John Providence is one the largest providers of inpatient care in southeast Michigan. St. John Providence provides comprehensive prevention, primary care and advanced treatment programs with more than 125 medical centers and six hospital locations spanning five counties. 
 
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.
 

LTU prof gets two grants for robotics and entrepreneurial education

A Lawrence Technological University assistant professor of biomedical engineering has been awarded two new grants – one to explore touch-sensitive feedback in robots, and another to expand entrepreneurial education in biotech.

Mansoor Nasir is principal investigator on a $50,000 grant from the DENSO North America Foundation and a $25,000 grant from the Kern Family Foundation.

The DENSO grant will be used to acquire laboratory instrumentation to help LTU students design, develop and evaluate haptics, the science of touch-based human-computer interfaces, for applications like auto interiors, medicine, and virtual reality.
“We want to introduce a sense of touch into robots to give them the ability to interact with objects,” Nasir said.

Working with Nasir on the DENSO grant are Eric Meyer, associate professor of biomedical engineering; James Kern, robotics lab instructor; Franco Delogu, assistant professor of psychology; and Nabih Jaber, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Meyer is also co-principal investigator on the Kern Family Foundation grant.

The focus of the Kern grant is broadening the scope of entrepreneurial education in engineering classes, making it more widely available through such digital media as web videos.

Earlier, in 2014, Nasir and Meyer received a grant through a Kern Family Foundation program, the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN), to develop course modules on entrepreneurship for engineering classes. In 2015, they received funds through KEEN to organize three half-day workshops on entrepreneurship for engineering professors.

The Kern Family Foundation, based in Waukesha, Wis., has as one of its goals building entrepreneurship into engineering education. More at http://www.kffdn.org/ or http://engineeringunleashed.com/keen/.

About the DENSO North America Foundation
A registered 501(c)3 corporate foundation, the DENSO North America Foundation is dedicated to helping Students advance their education in engineering, technology and other related programs. Founded in 2001, the Foundation provides grants to colleges and universities throughout North America, helping our communities prosper through the development of a skilled and knowledgeable workforce. The Foundation also provides disaster relief grants through the American Red Cross to aid persons and communities in which DENSO Corporation operates. For more, visit http://densofoundation.org.

About DENSO in North America
In North America, DENSO employs more than 23,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 25 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 15,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaled US$9.9 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. For more, go to www.densocorp-na.com or connect with DENSO on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DENSOinNorthAmerica.

Detroit Grooming Company CEO keeps hands-on approach to business growth

In just three years time, Michael Haddad has gone from complaining about the itchy beginnings of a new beard to selling hundreds of handmade grooming products per week.

Haddad is CEO of Detroit Grooming Company and, along with co-founders Shaun Walford and Chad Buchanan, has grown the company from one handmade product to approximately 200 products. The company started in from a 300 sq. ft. self-characterized closet and has now grown into a 7,000 sq. ft. light industrial building on Wolcott Street in Ferndale. Detroit Grooming Company also has its own barber shop on Woodward Avenue in Ferndale and is building a second one in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood.

Detroit Grooming Company didn't start with a grand vision but instead a genuine curiosity. In 2013, Haddad and Walford, both employees of Buchanan at a local jewelry shop, decided that they were going to grow their beards out for No Shave November, aka Movember, a grassroots movement to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. 
 
With the duo scratching their faces as their beards grew in, they purchased a beard oil to share, hoping it would alleviate the itchiness.

Displeased with the product, Haddad and Walford wondered if they couldn't make one themselves. Fast-forward three years later, and Detroit Grooming Company has launched the Black Label Collection, a limited line of grooming products that include beard oils, butters, and cleansers. Fifteen percent of sales from the Black Label Collection will go to No-Shave.org, which benefits a number of non-profit cancer organizations.

"It's crazy what a little bit of time and a little bit of research actually does," says Haddad. "Because you can be a complete novice at something and the Internet, although it's used for cat pictures and pictures of people's dinner, can also be used to actually make change in your life and affect the outcome of other people's lives, too, in a positive way."

After a period of research and trial-and-error, Haddad and Walford showed what would become their first product, Corktown Beard Oil, to Buchanan. Immediately taken by the tobacco and vanilla scent, Buchanan wanted in, and the three became business partners, launching what would become the Detroit Grooming Company.

Expanding from one product to 200 didn't just happen overnight. Much of what Detroit Grooming Company sells comes from either instances of personal need, customer suggestion, or wondering if they can do something better than their competitors. And it's the co-founders that test the products on themselves. Get an idea, see if it works, and adjust accordingly.

"It's accidental how some things happen, but you have to have deliberate actions afterwards," says Haddad. "Each one of us have contributed to the creation of these products."

Starting in that 300 sq. ft. closet, Detroit Grooming moved to a space on Fort Street in Detroit before outgrowing that and moving to a bigger space in Ferndale. They've since moved to the even bigger 7,000 sq. ft. space in Ferndale. 
 
A barber chair from the 1920s sits near the front, awaiting restoration and an eventual installation in the Corktown barber shop. One row of shelves has hundreds of finished products, awaiting shipment. Another row contains hundreds of ingredients. An enormous vat sits atop two table-top heaters (the vat too big for one heater to handle on its own).

The co-founders are heavily involved, making their products by hand, preparing packages to ship, the majority of which they do themselves. All this despite the fact that they've gone from selling 10 orders per week to selling over 100 orders per day. 
 
Haddad says that for all their success, the same desire to create back in 2013 is the same that drives them today. They're just creating a whole lot more.

"We're able to handle it," Haddad says of the company's growth. "You just scale. You move along with the trends. You don't fight anything. You go with what's flowing. That's how you find the best."

Walsh College MST and MAC programs receive national rankings in TaxTalent survey

Two of Walsh College’s graduate programs received prestigious recognition in the TaxTalent.com 2017 Top in Tax Educational Survey, which ranked the Master of  Science in Taxation (MST) program fifth and the Master of Science in Accountancy (MAC) program tied for sixth nationally.

The survey asked 321 tax employers to vote for the best U.S. undergraduate, graduate and legal programs from their perspective for the 2016-17 school year.

According to the survey, the respondents were U.S. tax hiring authorities from corporate in-house departments and professional service firms. They ranged from middle market to Fortune 10™ companies with tax functions and professional service firms based in the U.S.

In the Methodology section, the survey states, “One of TaxTalent’s long-term missions is to help bridge the gap between academia and the professional world of tax.”

“It is gratifying for those of us at Walsh College to know that the employer community recognizes that we are providing our students with a rigorous and relevant tax education that they find desirable when evaluating potential new hires,” said Richard Davidson, vice chair, Tax and Business Law Department, Walsh College.

Walsh is the only college in Michigan to appear in the top 10 on the Master of Science in Taxation (MST) list, joining the likes of Golden Gate University, Villanova University and DePaul University (Kellstadt Graduate School of Business), among others.

Joining Walsh in the top 10 of Master of Science in Accounting (MAC) programs are Brigham Young, University of Michigan (Ross School of Business) and University of Notre Dame (Mendoza College of Business), among others.

Walsh College will hold an MST Open House for students interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Taxation (MST) from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Troy campus.

The Walsh MST degree program is designed for professionals seeking to gain comprehensive, practical knowledge of tax accounting, tax law, and tax research, while also achieving a deeper understanding of the broader concepts of tax methodology and tax procedure.

Graduates of the highly regarded Walsh MAC program benefit from a reputation for strong accounting skills earned over 90 years of placing accounting professionals with firms in Michigan.

 About TaxTalent.com: TaxTalent is the online career and leadership development portal for tax professionals. Membership includes free access to expert coaches, mentors, resources, content and valuable tools for both career and leadership growth.
 
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