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Keego Harbor printing company to expand in Pontiac, add 16 jobs


Company Folders, Inc. of Keego Harbor is planning to expand in Pontiac and add 16 new jobs.

The company’s founder and CEO Vladimir Gendelman announced he recently closed on the purchase of a building in downtown Pontiac with plans to move his printing company there and expand his staff.

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Pontiac businesses win $15,000 in cash, services


At the inaugural Pitch 'N' Pontiac contest, three finalists shared prizes and services valued at $15,000 to help their businesses grow.

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Lawrence Tech to host international industrial engineering conference


More than 300 industrial engineering experts from 40 different countries around the world are expected to gather from Sept. 23-25 at Southfield-based Lawrence Technological University for the Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Society Detroit Conference.

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New center supports careers in advanced manufacturing

Oakland Community College (OCC) recently opened its doors to area businesses, students and the community to learn about high demand, high-paying jobs at the newly renovated Advanced Technology Center in Auburn Hills.

The revamped center supports careers in Advanced Manufacturing and is the first HURCO Lab in Michigan. It is designed to prepare students for successful careers in advanced manufacturing and other growing and innovative industries. With eight state-of-the-art machines for student use, the center will also function as HURCO's southeast Michigan showroom.

"Machinist jobs are in the top 50 in-demand jobs in the country and our region is at the hub of that training need. OCC's revamped Advanced Technology Center further supports our commitment to educate our future workforce and support economic growth," said Chancellor Timothy Meyer. "With the outstanding leadership and generosity from HURCO, we now have some of the finest equipment for student learning in the country."

Incoming OCC students can prepare for entry-level employment in CNC machining and earn four national industry certifications in just one semester. Upon completion, they can move into a CNC machining career and expect to earn $12-$34/hour.

According to Pure Michigan Talent Connect more than 6,700 skilled trades job openings are expected every year in Michigan through 2022.

"This tremendous partnership with HURCO reinvented the idea of bringing industry and education together.  By combining them in this state of the art showroom our students are not only learning, but they are being exposed to great companies that are coming to see them operating the machines," said Interim Dean of Engineering, Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies, Deborah Bayer.

"In addition to the HURCO training lab, OCC's Advanced Training Center robotics lab is second to none and the mechatronics program is leading the way with our fourth cohort starting this fall. We will soon be announcing new transportation, welding and other key training center additions supported through grant and partnership funding," she added.

Interested in mechatronics or information technology? Oakland Community College offers the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) program that combines college-level learning with real-world experiences at a company. If you are an employer, student or parent looking for more information on the MAT2 program, please visit http://www.mitalent.org/mat2 or call OCC at (248) 232-4050.

About OCC
With five campuses throughout Oakland County, Oakland Community College offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields as well as university transfer degrees in business, science and liberal arts. The College provides academic and developmental experiences that allow each student to reach their full potential and enhance the diverse communities they serve. More than 45,000 students annually attend OCC and more than a million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965. To learn more about OCC, visit oaklandcc.edu.

Newly launched Career Tool helps students find majors and careers

A new web-based tool is available to help current and prospective Oakland University students explore majors and careers. 
The Career Tool, which is accessible by clicking the “Majors and Program Requirements” tab on the left side of OU’s advising web page, is the result of a multi-year project initiated by Career Services, the First Year Advising Center, Undergraduate Admissions, and University Communications and Marketing. 
“Conversations about majors and careers go hand in hand. Students want to understand possible careers that align with a major just as much as they want to learn what majors might fit best for a career they are interested in,” said Sara Webb, director of the First Year Advising Center. “The Career Tool was designed to provide comprehensive information about majors and possible careers aligned with them in one place.” 
With the tool, students can select an OU major and find academic information, such as the school/college, department and degree requirements, as well as career-related information, including possible career options, median salaries, education requirements and professional organizations. A section on related academic areas helps students connect to other majors and minors that may be of interest.
The tool will also help OU’s academic advisers guide students in making decisions about majors and careers, according to Senior Academic Adviser Kate Hendershot.
“The wealth of information the Career Tool provides makes it a valuable resource in the advising process,” Hendershot said. “No matter where a student is in their major and career planning, they can benefit from the tool.”
For more information on academic advising at OU, visit oakland.edu/advising.

OUCARES offers pre-employment training for adults with autism, developmental disabilities

The Oakland University Center for Autism's Outreach Services (OUCARES) is offering pre-employment skills training for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
An information session about the program will take place 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, at Meadows Learning Center. To attend, RSVP to oucares@oakland.edu.
This new 12-week program, which runs from October 24, 2016 - Feb. 23, 2017, provides knowledge and skills in three key areas:
  • Interpersonal skills – communication, social awareness, networking, team work, accepting criticism, collaboration
  • Understanding employment – career options, resumes, applications, maintaining a job
  • Independent living skills – hygiene, money management, community understanding, goal-setting
OUCARES Director Kristin Rohrbeck said the training is specifically designed to help adults with ASD overcome difficulties they often face in securing competitive, meaningful employment opportunities.
“The employment difficulties often stem from an individual's challenges in communication and social interaction related to their autism diagnosis,” Rohrbeck explained. “OUCARES' goal is to help adults with ASD overcome their social and communicative challenges to learn how and where to find employment opportunities that best fit their needs, how to engage with potential co-workers and clients appropriately in order to maintain employment, and lead successful and independent lives."
The program will be held Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., at Meadows Learning Center in Rochester, Mich. The cost is $3,000 for this 25-hour per week training. Limited scholarships are available thanks to generous support from the Ted Lindsay Foundation. Applications are available at oakland.edu/oucares. 
For additional information, email oucares@oakland.edu.

SAE International Conference in Novi to focus on smart mobility technology


The SAE 2016 Convergence conference, to be held Sept. 19-20 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, will feature programs and exhibitions on technology that enables smart mobility, including electronics, embedded and off-board software, connectivity, autonomy, alternative propulsion, and modes of transport.

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Automation Alley names executive director, adopts technology focus


Under new leadership, Automation Alley is set to transition from a primarily networking organization for its more than 1,000 members to an advocacy group focused on implementing the next generation of manufacturing technologies through the supply chain. The Troy-based business association promoted Tom Kelly, 50, to executive director.

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Farmington Hills haberdashery launches subscription sock service


The owners of the The Shirt Box, a Farmington Hills-based haberdashery, have launched a new subscription service start-up called The Sock HookUp, which delivers men’s socks directly to a subscriber’s or gift recipient’s door every month.

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MTAM's new website showcases Michigan's use of connected tech across industries


Mobile/Wireless (connected) technologies today are being utilized by nearly every industry to increase productivity and profitability; and contrary to popular opinion, these technologies are creating jobs in Michigan – LOTS OF THEM! To help facilitate this continued expansion into more industries, and the creation of a wide variety of jobs at all skill and education levels, the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) has recently gone live with a complete re-launch of the non-profit trade association’s website.

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Innovative Learning Group named to the Inc. 5000 list of America's fastest-growing private companies

Innovative Learning Group, Inc. (ILG) announced today that it has been named to the 35th Annual Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies. ILG ranks 4003 with a three-year sales growth of 73%. This is the first time ILG has appeared on the list.

“Being named to this list is a testament to ILG’s expertise in creating innovative and effective learning solutions that help our clients improve employee performance,” says CEO Lisa Toenniges. “I look forward to continuing our path of steady and profitable growth while maintaining the culture and client focus that has made us successful.”

Founded in 2004, ILG has become a recognized leader in the field of corporate training and performance improvement with more than 100 clients from 35 different industries. The company has received many accolades for its business achievements, including receiving a Michigan 50 Companies to Watch award in 2015. ILG’s other accomplishments include moving into a new, larger corporate headquarters and launching a new corporate brand this year.

About Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000

The 2016 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2012 to 2015. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2012. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent — not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies — as of December 31, 2015. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2012 is $100,000; the minimum for 2015 is $2 million.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Innovative Learning Group, Inc.

A performance-first learning company, Innovative Learning Group, Inc. creates custom training and tools that help employees of Fortune 1000 companies do their jobs more effectively. Headquartered in Troy, Michigan, ILG is a privately held, certified Women’s Business Enterprise founded in 2004 by CEO Lisa Toenniges. Visit www.innovativeLG.com to learn more.

Pre-college programs lead to higher test scores for Pontiac students

Kids’ math competencies in Pontiac schools are dramatically increasing thanks to a partnership between the local school district and Oakland University, officials with Oakland’s Pre-College Programs announced. 
The program, called the Pre-Algebra Saturday Academies, ran in two separate semesters – Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 – over the course of five consecutive Saturdays on Oakland’s campus.
Seventh-graders from Pontiac Middle School and International Technology Academy attended four-hour interactive classes taught by teachers from the district and assisted by Oakland University’s Pre-College Programs staff. There were 84 students total in the two academies.
Tiffany Elliott-Fowler, assistant director of Oakland’s Pre-College Programs, said students were given a pre-test at the beginning of the math academies, then were given the same post-test at the end of the five weeks. Students in the fall semester academy had an average test score increase of 37 percent and students’ test scores in the spring academy rose 24 percent on average.
The programs focused on traditional pre-algebra topics such as solving equations, ratios and integers, but the classroom setting was anything but traditional, said Elliott-Fowler.
“Students participated in hands-on activities and other things designed to get them out of their seats, including math gaming programs and other technology,” she said. “Another component of our program included giving students the opportunity to learn about college expectations and planning. The students received workshops related to college admissions and financial planning, along with tours of the campus to show them what to expect when they get to college.”
The two Pontiac teachers each taught a certain number of students during the academies. Elliott-Fowler said that structure of the program was one of the most important components that may have contributed to students’ increased scores.
“The smaller student-to-teacher ratio made it more than a traditional learning atmosphere,” said Elliott-Fowler. “Also, when you’re incorporating math into everyday life and making math fun, it’s more interactive and not just working from a math book.”
The Saturday Academies are only a portion of Oakland’s pre-college outreach – in Pontiac and throughout the region – and a major component in the university’s continued partnership with Pontiac schools, officials and organizations. Another program, Project Upward Bound, works with schools in both the Oak Park and Pontiac school districts to help get students ready for college.
Elliott-Fowler said the Office of Pre-College Programs has been working in Pontiac for many years and that she’s glad to continue helping implement programs that reach students as early as the seventh-grade. “It is important that we continue reaching younger students and assist them in preparing for the rigors of university life while  exposing them  directly to Oakland University.”
To learn about all the pre-college programs Oakland University has to offer, visit  oakland.edu/precollege.

American Society of Employers (ASE) announces job fair for veterans and others

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, will host a Veteran’s Job Fair on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Southfield Pavilion. Joining ASE as co-hosts are the Southfield Veterans Commission, the U.S. Veterans Administration and the Michigan Industry Liaison Group (MILG). The job fair is open to all, but is targeted to military veterans and their families, as well as individuals with disabilities, and is free to both employers and job seekers.
 The Job Fair announcement was made by ASE CEO, Mary E. Corrado.
“ASE and our host partners and sponsors recognize the challenges that veterans, their families and individuals with disabilities can face in securing stable employment. We are proud to organize and facilitate this job fair for all to attend,” Corrado said.
Kelly Services will be providing free resume review at the event.
The Southfield Pavilion is located at 2800 Evergreen, Southfield, Mich. 48076. Registration for individuals and employers can be found on the MILG website.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

Summer internships supplement medical education for rising M2s

Thirty-six class of 2019 OUWB students wrapped up their first year of medical school and, instead of taking a much-deserved break, they switched gears by participating in the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine /Beaumont Health summer internship program.

“The summer internship program provides students with hands-on clinical, community, educational and research opportunities for rising M2 students,” said Tracy Wunderlich, OUWB director, research training.

Students worked side-by-side with clinical faculty at Beaumont Hospital while some spent time with OUWB Department of Biomedical Sciences faculty members on campus, where, for the first time, four of them developed a study that included the anatomy lab. Students also worked on site with community partners at Easter Seals, South Oakland Shelter, Downtown Boxing Gym and Legal Aid for Children and Families. 

“The program is meant to foster both personal and professional development in the students,” said Wunderlich.

Gaining valuable experience
Additionally, the internship included an opportunity to create a poster about their areas of study to present during Orientation Week to the incoming Class of 2020.

LTU profs win grant to advance fluid power education

Four Lawrence Technological University professors have won a $25,000 grant from the National Fluid Power Association to bring problem-based and entrepreneurial-minded learning to fluid mechanics and thermodynamics education.

The LTU team is led by principal investigator Liping Liu (pictured above), assistant professor in LTU's A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering. Other members are Robert Fletcher and Andrew Gerhart, professors, and James Mynderse, assistant professor, also in the mechanical engineering department. 

“The NFPA wants students to know more about fluid power,” Liu said. “Some of the elements are covered in our current fluid mechanics classes, but they want more students engaged in this area and to make students more aware of fluid power applications, including pneumatics and hydraulics.”

Liu said Lawrence Tech’s existing involvement with engineering programs emphasizing entrepreneurship and innovation – such as KEEN, the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network – lay a strong foundation for the entrepreneurial-minded course modules to be developed under the grant.

Liu said the four professors are already at work developing fluid power-based modules for LTU fluid mechanics and thermodynamics courses, which are taught to mechanical engineering majors in their junior year. Those modules will be shared with the engineering education community.

Founded in 1953 and based in Milwaukee, the National Fluid Power Association brings fluid power industry partners together to advance fluid power technology and foster members’ success. NFPA’s 315 members include fluid power manufacturers, distributors, educators and researchers.
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