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Comau LLC unveils LIFT lightweighting research lab in Southfield

Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, opened the doors today to a new LIFT Lab inside the Comau Innovation Center in Southfield. The 1,000-sq. ft. facility will serve as an extension of LIFT’s Corktown research center providing additional collaborative space for LIFT members and partners to conduct lightweighting research along with access to Comau equipment and resources– including a fully equipped metallurgical lab, advanced laser welding lab and a machine shop.

The resource expansion follows the recent announcement by LIFT and IACMI – The Composites Institute, of nearly $50 million in advanced manufacturing equipment and upgrades to their Corktown facility.

LIFT, one of the founding Manufacturing USA institutes, and a part of the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation program, is a Detroit-based public-private partnership dedicated to developing and deploying advanced lightweight metal manufacturing technologies, and implementing education and training programs to better prepare the workforce today and in the future. Comau is one of LIFT’s conveners and inaugural partners.

“Comau has been a proponent of LIFT’s mission since the very beginning,” said Martin Kinsella, Comau LLC and chairman of the LIFT Executive Advisory Council on Education and Workforce Development. “This new lab provides an ideal environment for idea-sharing and partnering among LIFT members and our staff to advance the world of lightweighting.”

“We truly are a network of innovators in the advanced manufacturing industry and we could not be happier with the support Comau has provided from the beginning on our technology projects as well as our workforce development initiatives,” said Lawrence E. Brown, executive director, LIFT. “Expanding our network to facilities like the Comau Innovation Center will allow our members to do more research and help the industry bring more lightweight solutions to market.”
LIFT is a Detroit-based, public-private partnership committed to the development and deployment of advanced lightweight metal manufacturing technologies, and implementing education and training initiatives to better prepare the workforce today and in the future. LIFT is one of the founding institutes of Manufacturing USA, and is funded in part by the Department of Defense with management through the Office of Naval Research. Visit www.lift.technology to learn more.

About Comau
Comau, a company part of FCA Group, is the worldwide leader in manufacturing flexible, automatic systems and integrating products, processes and services that increase efficiency while lowering overall costs. Headquartered in Turin, Italy, with an international network that spans 17 countries that employ more than 12,600 employees, Comau uses the latest technology and processes to deliver advanced turnkey systems that consistently exceed the expectations of its customers. Comau specializes in body joining & assembly, powertrain machining & assembly, robotics and maintenance, as well as advanced production systems and environmental services for a wide range of industrial sectors. The continuous development of its products and services enables Comau to lead the automation industry in meeting the unique requirements of each customer, and through all phases of the project - from design, implementation and installation, to production start-up and maintenance services.

Oakland University's Industrial & Systems Engineering department prepares students for Industry 4.0


Oakland University is working to bridge the gap between industry’s need for work-ready, highly skilled engineers and the availability of graduate and undergraduate students who identify engineering as a career path of choice. This case study from Siemens demonstrates Oakland University's commitment to preparing students to resolve workplace challenges and using innovative approaches to help companies advance their leadership positions in a global economy.

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Walsh College to host business night open house on April 27

Walsh College will hold a business night open house for future students interested in pursuing a highly-valued bachelor’s or master’s degree at the Troy campus from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 27.

At the open house, attendees can:
  • Meet with faculty and representatives from student clubs.
  • Review financial aid and scholarship options.
  • Learn about Career Services.
  • Tour the Troy campus.
  • Attend informational sessions:
    • Undergraduate IMPACT session (5:30 p.m.)
    • Graduate IMPACT session (6 p.m.)
    • MBA Experience session (6:30 p.m.)
“Business Night is an opportunity for individuals who are considering a Walsh degree to learn more about our undergraduate, graduate, and IT programs,” said Heather Rigby, director, Admissions and Academic Advising, Walsh College. “If you’re looking to get your education and business career on track, Business Night is a great place to start. We’ll be there to answer all your questions and give you the personalized service necessary when making this type of decision.”

Visit Walsh College Business Night for more information and to register. 

Founded in 1922, Walsh College is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college. It offers 16 undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs at locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Celebrating over 90 years of business education, Walsh College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

Free or low-cost business classes in April & May at the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center

Business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking for assistance are encouraged to attend high value, low or no cost business workshops offered by the experts at Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford. For pre-registration and a location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call (248) 858-0783.

April Workshops:

Market Research Basics
April 4 | 9-11:30 a.m.
Ready to grow your business? Our Market Research Basics workshop helps you discover ways to find your ideal customers, identify your competitors, perform competitive analysis, identify new site locations, target direct mail campaigns, reveal untapped markets and expand to new and appropriate markets. If you are ready to grow your business, the Market Research Basics workshop is for you.
Cost: Free | Registration Required

How to Cut Lead Time in Job Shops and Custom Manufacturing Environments
April 5 | 9:30 -11:30 a.m.

Time is money. Cutting lead time and servicing customers efficiently is crucial to customer service, profitability and staying ahead of the competition. Designed specifically for tool & die shops, machine shops, mold shops, wood products, custom design, prototype shops, print shops, fabrication, assembly shops and other types of order-driven business. This workshop helps you identify and eliminate costly delays in your process. If your shop is looking to save time and in doing so, become more profitable, this workshop is for you.
Cost: $40 per person / Registration Required

Starting a Business
April 6 | 9-11:30 a.m.
May 11 | 9-11:30 a.m.

Thinking about starting a business? This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products and services. Topics like startup costs, financing options and business planning are introduced, along with the necessary steps to getting started. If you are ready to start your business this workshop is for you.
Cost: Free | Registration Required

WalkIn-StartUp Small Business Counseling in Novi
April 6 Novi Community Development Center Room, 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi
9:30 a.m. – Noon | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Whether you opened a business or you’re thinking about it, the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center has no cost resources to help you. This program provides you with confidential small business counseling. You receive one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant – with no appointment necessary. Counselors offer direct answers to startup questions, suggest next steps and provide guidance on business planning tools. These high value services are FREE. Walk-in sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each session is limited to 15 minutes.

Lead from Where You Are: Lessons in Everyday Leadership
April 11 | 9-11:30 a.m.

The age old question whether leaders are born or made is a trick one. The answer is: they’re both correct. We are born with the skills and knowledge to be great leaders. The challenge is finding the path quickly. This presentation will help you master the skills great leader possesses, including:
  • Communication Styles
  • Attributes of a Leader
  • Three Types of Listening
  • Personality Traits
  • The importance of Recognitions
  • The Psychology of Leadership
When you leave this session you will communicate more effectively and become the leader you were meant to be.
Cost: $40 per person | Registration Required

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
April 12 | 9-11 a.m.
May 10 | 9-11 a.m.

Have a need for alternative financing for your business? Is your business located in Oakland County? Consider learning more about the CEED Lending Small Business Loan Program. Discover the requirements and processes necessary to apply for and obtain a small business loan. If you are interested in alternative financing for your Oakland County small business, then the CEED Lending Small Business Orientation is for you. CEED Lending is an initiative of the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.
Cost: Free | Registration Required

Women’s Business Enterprise Certification Orientation (WBE)
May 24 | 9-11 a.m.

Attention Women Entrepreneurs: Consider becoming a Certified Women Owned Business. Learn about the process and benefits of joining the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). WBE certification benefits include: Access to procurement opportunities with major national companies who are looking to do business with women and minority owned companies. If you are ready to take your women-owned business to the next level, this workshop is for you.
Cost: $25 per person | Registration Required

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
May 24 | 9 a.m.-noon

Need the inside scoop on how to obtain a business loan? Attend the Team SBA Financing Roundtable to find out how banks evaluate your application. Learn how to improve your chances for a business loan and how SBA loan guarantee programs can help you get financing. This workshop is best suited to those with good credit, a solid business idea and funds of their own to invest in the business. If you want to improve your chances of obtaining a business loan, then this workshop is for you.
Note: Because the SBA does not provide loan guarantees to real estate investment firms, including purchasing and rehabbing houses for resale, this type of financing is not discussed at the roundtable.
Cost: Free | Registration Required

Ford and Magna collaborate on reducing vehicle subframes using carbon fiber


Seeking to lower vehicle weight, reduce emissions, and improve fuel efficiency, Magna International Inc., a global automotive supplier, in cooperation with Ford Motor Co., has developed a prototype carbon fiber composite subframe which reduces vehicle mass by 34 percent, compared to a standard stamped steel equivalent.

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Residency assignments indicate a bright future for the class of 2017

The class of 2017, surrounded by the people who mean the most to them, opened their Match Day envelopes on March 17 together to find out where they would be going for the next phase of their medical training - their residencies.

“You have worked so hard for this day. We are so proud to be on this journey with you,” said Dr. Angela Nuzzarello, associate dean for Student Affairs who before she led the countdown to the reveal.

Twenty-nine students will remain in Michigan. Eleven of them will head to Beaumont Hospitals, while others will remain in the Detroit area at Henry Ford Health Care System, St. John Hospital, Wayne State University and University of Michigan. Some students will be leaving the state for Stanford University (Alan Mengqiao Xi), Yale (Florence Doo), Johns Hopkins Hospital (Valerie Osasu Osula), Duke University (Manal Mirreh), Northwestern McGaw (Jonathan Hung) and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (Phillip Gray and Michael Rezaee).

Twelve students secured “couples matches,” a nod to the personality of the third OUWB class, where many students seemed to find love. Married couple Carin and Brian Malley, survived the rigors of medical school as a married couple and endured the stress of a “couples match.” Their next adventure begins at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Medical Education, where they will both fulfill residencies in emergency medicine. Opposite of the Malleys are Michigan native Georgina Morris, of Novi, and Andrew Leamon, of Cupertino, Calif. who secured a couples match and will remain in Michigan. Morris will be at Beaumont in internal medicine and Leamon will be in emergency medicine at St. John Hospital.

Overall, 30 students of the class of 2017 will enter primary care residencies with the remaining 58 pursuing specialties in neurological surgery, emergency medicine, orthopaedic surgery, psychiatry, obstetrics-gynecology, urology, radiology-diagnostics, anesthesiology, and dermatology.

For the full list of results, visit Match Day.

Lear Corp. selected by Wyoming Department of Transportation for connected vehicle pilot program


Southfield-based global automotive seating and electrical systems supplier Lear Corp. today announced it has been selected by the Wyoming Department of Transportation as its exclusive partner to supply advanced vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure Road Side Units and On-Board Units.

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Judson Center's Autism Connections has begun a movement with over 30 official partners

During the month of April, Judson Center will be honoring National Autism Awareness month as we Bring Autism to Light for World Autism Day (officially on April 2). Judson Center’s main campus in Royal Oak (13 Mile and Greenfield Road), will be lit up blue beginning on Friday, March 31, and will continue to the end of the month. 
A movement has begun – Judson Center is teaming up with the City of Royal Oak to help Bring Autism to Light. During the next City Commissioners meeting, this Monday, March 27, Royal Oak Mayor, Michael Fournier along with the City Commissioners, will present an autism proclamation honoring National Autism Awareness Month and the life changing programs at Judson Center’s Autism Connections. Royal Oak is also urging all employees, residents and members of the business community to join the movement.
Many other partners, including the Royal Oak School DistrictTroy School Districtthe Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor (where Judson Center’s second Autism Connections program is located), Signs by Tomorrow, Medical Network One Health Solutions, Shrine Catholic Schools, Epsilon, Brooks Kushman, as well as over 20 other community businesses and organizations are joining the movement. 
Judson Center’s Royal Oak office is offering free blue light bulbs and lawn signs to anyone interested. You may also pick up lawn signs and light bulbs from Royal Oak City Hall as well as all three Royal Oak Fire Departments.  Companies can also participate and Bring Autism to Light by shining blue for autism, designating a day to wear blue for autism awareness, and making a donation to Judson Center’s Autism Connections.
“It is an honor to have the support of the community we serve.  At Judson Center’s Autism Connections, we understand that a diagnoses affects the entire family, not just a child and that is why this campaign is so important. To let our community know that you are not alone, Judson Center is here to help and support our community and families”, shared Judson Center CEO & President, Lenora Hardy-Foster.
Autism awareness is a part of Judson Center each day, as its Autism Connections program has been a part of Metro Detroit for over ten years, and expanded into Washtenaw County soon after, both providing comprehensive services to the entire family.  Currently, one in 68 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and in Michigan, there are over 50,000 individuals living with ASD. 

LTU's annual Cisler Lecture to feature UM President on advances in medicine

Lawrence Technological University’s 2017 Walker L. Cisler Lecture will feature the president of the University of Michigan speaking on the remarkable advances of modern medicine.

The lecture will be held Thursday, March 23 on the LTU campus, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield.

UM President Mark Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D., will speak on “From the Discovery of DNA to the Modification of the Human Genome: How Basic Science Fuels Disease Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment.”

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Mary E. Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium, Room S100 of the LTU Science Building. A dessert reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public. For location and directions, visit www.ltu.edu/map.

The Walker L. Cisler Lecture Series was founded at Lawrence Tech with a generous gift from the Holley Foundation. Well known for his leadership of Detroit Edison from 1954 to 1971, Cisler enjoyed a career that spanned a lifetime of personal, professional, civic, and business accomplishments. As an international ambassador for the American utility industry, and a tireless humanitarian, he strived to improve the quality of life for people everywhere.

Schlissel became the 14th president of UM, and the first physician to take the position, in July 2014. He previously was provost of Brown University, where he was responsible for academic and budgetary functions, as well as libraries and research institutes.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y, Schlissel earned a Bachelor of Arts in biochemical sciences from Princeton University in 1979, and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in physiological chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1986. He did his residency in internal medicine at Hopkins Hospital and conducted postdoctoral research as a Bristol-Myers Cancer Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Schlissel joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1991, and earned several awards and fellowships for his research and teaching. He moved to the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California-Berkeley in 1999 as associate professor, advancing to full professor in 2002.

His research has focused on the developmental biology of B lymphocytes, the cell type in the immune system that secretes antibodies. His work has contributed to a detailed understanding of genetic factors involved in the production of antibodies and how mistakes in that process can lead to leukemia and lymphoma. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific papers and trained 21 successful doctoral candidates.

He was UC-Berkeley’s dean of biological sciences in the College of Letters & Science and held the C.H. Li Chair in Biochemistry until his appointment as Brown’s provost in 2011.

About LTU:
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. The Brookings Institution ranks Lawrence Tech fifth nationwide for boosting graduates’ earning power, PayScale lists it in the top 10 percent of universities for graduates’ salaries, and U.S. News and World Report places 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 in Southfield, Michigan, include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

Interactive TEDxOaklandUniversitySalon to highlight Connections

In the spirit of re-engaging the Oakland University community between large TEDx events and igniting discussions on issues of interest, TEDxOaklandUniversity will host its first Salon, Monday, March 27, 2017, 5:30-9 p.m., in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms on the campus of Oakland University. 

This independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature local voices focused on the importance of Connections.
Smaller than a formal TEDx event, a TEDx Salon hallmark is lively, interactive, focused discussions where attendees actively participate. Think of it as a gathering with the smartest people you know. At the OU event, attendees will connect with concepts focused on helping them live their best life, make the world a better place and strengthen their most important relationships.
“There will be something for everybody, an opportunity for everyone to connect, participate and learn,” says TEDxOaklandUniversity coordinator Amy Rutledge, special instructor, management information systems. “The Salon approach is a smaller gathering which allows for a lively, spirited exchange of ideas. By encouraging audience participation, there is more sharing of ideas, more opportunity for every person who attends to learn something and add something to conversation. Everyone benefits.”
Specifically, attendees of the TEDxOaklandUniversitySalon will get to know and exchange ideas with:
  • Terri Orbuch, Ph.D., also known as The Love Doctor?, is America’s most trusted relationship expert. This author, speaker, therapist and professor will build on her TEDxOaklandUniversity talk which received more than one million views. Dr. Orbuch's insights will help you evaluate and strengthen your relationships.
  • Lisa Jesswein, a two-time kidney transplant recipient, cancer survivor, divorcee and host of Positive Now on Empower Radio, will will help you build a plan to overcome fears and navigate setbacks.
  • Nicholas Kristock, an entrepreneur with a passion for service and founder of several non-profit ventures, believes the world needs pioneers to create solutions to everyday problems. His conversation will ignite your enthusiasm for social entrepreneurship.
To keep in the spirit of a Salon and create a greater sense of community, space is limited. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased after March 1 at the Oakland University Center for Student Activities service window, located on the lower level of the Oakland Center. Tickets are available by phone and will call pick up.  Call the CSA at (248) 370-4407. For more information visit www.TEDxOaklandUniversity.com.
This event is sponsored by the Oakland University School of Business Administration and School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Farmington Hills company "Ubering" the service industry


Breakdowns with home appliances is just something that happens in life. But they don’t have to be hard to deal with. A Farmington Hills startup company is looking to have “home repairs done in a snap.” Co-founder and CEO Sandy Kronenberg came up with the idea for Service.com to take care of home repair problems.

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Michigan startup awarded $700,000 grant

Alchemie, an education technology company based in Troy, Mich, today announced it has received a $700,000 Small Business Innovation Research [SBIR] grant from the National Science Foundation [NSF] to expand its research and development efforts. This is Alchemie’s Phase II SBIR grant; it earned the initial Phase I award of $150,000 in January 2016 and a Phase IB of $30,000 in June 2016.

Alchemie began when Detroit Country Day School chemistry teacher Julia Winter transformed a white-board game into a mobile app to help her students grasp a tough concept. She is now the CEO of a startup poised to change the way students learn, starting with chemistry.
“The first two years of college chemistry have fail rates that can top 40 percent. These tough courses can be road blocks to careers in medicine and science,” said Winter. “This is a huge problem not only for students, but also for professors who are under increasing pressure to improve student retention in early college courses.”

“For more than three years, I have been singularly focused on taking methods of teaching developed in my classroom and transforming them into mobile apps for students,” the 25-year veteran teacher said.  “I felt that there HAD to be a way to reach students who could not afford a private school education. With Alchemie, students everywhere can have access to the immediate feedback necessary to be successful, while providing instructors with analytics from the apps to improve learning outcomes.”

In March 2016, CEO Julia Winter earned the James Bryant Conant Award for High School Teaching, the American Chemical Society’s highest teaching award. In November 2015, she received the Digital Innovation in Learning Award as the Teacher Trailblazer from EdSurge and Digital Promise. 

Established in 2015, Alchemie now has five different mobile applications for chemistry, tens of thousands of users, published research detailing learning efficacy, and a multi-school/1000-student pilot being structured for April 2017. The NSF grant will allow Alchemie to build out the machine learning platform, called Epiphany, to make the apps respond to individual student use and track their progress through learning standards. 

Alchemie is led by CEO Winter, COO Carl Rundell, and CTO Joe Engalan. It was part of Boulder, Colorado’s 2016 MergeLane Accelerator cohort. 
Alchemie creates learning technology for higher education, beginning with chemistry. By creating mobile-enabled, game-based learning tools, we are providing an innovative method for students to succeed in some of the toughest courses in college. Alchemie’s active learning through touch brings intuitive engagement to the learning of science.More information can be found at alchem.ie.

The programs represent the nation's largest source of early stage research and development funding for small businesses. The programs are administered by the SBA in collaboration with 11 federal agencies, which collectively supported more than $2.5 billion in federal research and development funding in fiscal year 2015. Companies supported by the SBIR and STTR programs often generate some of the most important breakthroughs each year in the U.S. Additional information about each program can be found at www.sbir.gov.

Detroit area recruiting firm expands to meet the demands of Michigan's growing economy

Purple Squirrel Advisors (www.purplesquirreladvisors.com) announced today that the company is expanding to meet the demand of clients in Michigan’s growing economy. Founded in 2015 by Carrie Schochet and Amy Whipple, the company added two new employees to support its executive recruiting offerings.
Ali Gongos joins Purple Squirrel Advisors as a Talent Acquisition Specialist to support the company’s candidate search process. With a background in financial recruiting, Gongos offers experience developing and screening candidate pools in the Midwest. Gongos will help Purple Squirrel Advisors nurture its financial network while supporting new client searches.  
Melissa Hittle brings over 15 years of professional experience to her role as Purple Squirrel Advisors’ first Research Analyst. Her background as a seasoned marketing executive will help develop Purple Squirrel Advisors’ non-financial network as the company continues to focus on building its client’s executive teams including sales, operations, and marketing. 
“Michigan companies are hiring at an unprecedented rate,” said Schochet, Founder and President of Purple Squirrel Advisors. “We’ve added Ali and Melissa to our team to help expand our services while providing our clients the same consultative, hands-on approach that we pride ourselves on.”
Since launching Purple Squirrel Advisors, Schochet and Whipple have found a niche in their unique recruiting process. By focusing on culture and fit, the team has been able to fill 100% of its retained searches and have a 95% candidate retention rate within the candidate’s first 24 months at a new company. The new hires will help Purple Squirrel Advisors take on new clients while maintaining this high standard of placements. 
“We pride ourselves on being an extension of our client’s executive team,” said Whipple, Purple Squirrel Advisors’ Co-Founder and Vice President. “Our new hires will allow Purple Squirrel Advisors to continue to assist with on-site interviews and detailed candidate screenings. We’re thrilled to have two new team members who are as passionate about helping Michigan’s economy as we are.”
Gongos and Hittle will join Purple Squirrel Advisors in the company’s new headquarters based in Troy, Michigan.
Purple Squirrel Advisors
Purple Squirrel Advisors is an executive search firm that recognizes that finding a good “fit” goes beyond writing a job description or screening resumes. Chemistry and culture are everything. The team provides a consultative approach customized to meet the needs of each client. Their expansive and loyal network of industry connections results in candidate referrals not found through traditional sources. Every step of Purple Squirrel Advisor’s “white glove” recruiting process is designed to create a positive client and candidate experience. The team impacts businesses every day with their product – exceptionally matched talent. To learn more about Purple Squirrel’s executive search firm and speaking events, visit PurpleSquirrelAdvisors. com.

Medical students find their voice using acting techniques

The theatre program at Oakland University is designed as training for a professional life in the performing arts, but the skills theatre students build their proficiency on can be of value to anyone whose career path will involve communicating their ideas.

Recognizing this, last year Professor Steven Loftus of Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine invited Associate Professor of Theatre Lynnae Lehfeldt to teach public speaking skills to medical students. The previous group of second year students had struggled with the capstone presentations they were required to make at the end of the winter semester.

Lehfeldt taught two workshops in 2016 and did so again this February. “I am able to utilize the same training methodology I use with my acting students,” she said. “Through a range of exercises I help the students unite their body, breath, and voice. The work combines Kristin Linlater's vocal work found in ‘Freeing the Natural Voice’ and Amy Cuddy's physical presence work found in her book ‘Presence.’ Amy Cuddy is famous for her TED talk where she describes power posing.”

The medical students found the workshops empowering. “"Life changer!  I took a stroll outside my comfort zone and I don't think I'm going back," said Moleca Shannan.

"I loved this class. It has a lot of practicality in life and Medical School,” said Gukam Sakthivul.

“This class is all about finding the presentation style that is most authentically you," said Daniel Yamane.

"I learned that there is another voice inside me and I need to let it out,’ said Shawn Miller.

"Assisting people to find to their vocal and physical presence allows them to tap into their personal power,” said Lehfeldt. “I am planning a workshop called ‘The Professional Female Voice’ for the School of Business.”

Michigan's newest advanced manufacturing stars will strut their skills at HFC, OCC showcase events

Student apprentices who are graduating from the competitive Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) program will demonstrate their high-tech mastery of automated equipment by completing projects in front of live audiences during events in February and March at Henry Ford College and Oakland Community College.

Industry professionals are invited to attend the free presentations known as the MATMechatronics Capstone. MAT² is an innovative, industry-driven apprenticeship program that addresses two critical issues facing the manufacturing industry: a widening skills gap and an aging workforce. The 2017 Mechatronics Capstone Events Schedule is below.

During a course of three years, MAT2 students alternate between classroom instruction and on-the-job training, gaining the necessary hands-on skills and experiences to become a successful and productive member of their sponsoring company. Their employers pay their tuition and a stipend during their school periods and wages during their work periods.

“Industry representatives who attend a Capstone event will learn how they can train the next generation of skilled technicians with MATapprentices,” said Sophie Stepke, training manager at ZF North America Inc. in Northville and chair of the MAT2 strategic steering committee.

“The demonstrations are a crowning achievement for MATstudents and a wonderful opportunity to witness firsthand what MATapprentices have learned through their college coursework and at their sponsoring company,” Stepke said. “The highlight for spectators is that they can watch MAT² students completing the final projects that showcase their knowledge of mechanical and electrical systems as well as control devices and fluid power.”

The Mechatronics Capstone is divided into two components: project troubleshooting and the project build. The troubleshooting project can be viewed at Henry Ford College and the build project can be viewed at Oakland Community College. Upon successful completion of the Capstone, the students will receive their associate degree. In addition to the Capstone, MAT2 students must complete all required work periods to finish their apprenticeship. When the student accomplishes all program components, they will receive a full-time job offer from their sponsoring company.

Gov. Snyder, state lawmakers and educators across Michigan have hailed MATas one of the keys to an ambitious 2017 effort to spur more students toward pursuing careers in advanced manufacturing as well as address employer concerns about talent shortages.

“The cutting-edge MATapprenticeship program has a proven track record of success, including providing a wide array of employer benefits such as increased productivity and knowledge transfer, a skilled talent pipeline and enhanced retention,” said Deborah Bayer, dean of public services and CREST, and interim dean of engineering, manufacturing and industrial technology at Oakland Community College.

“In addition, MAThelps students avoid debt by earning tuition-free associate degrees while simultaneously getting paid to gain on-the-job experience in high-paying, high-demand manufacturing careers,” Bayer said.

Michigan employer demand for MAT2-type middle-skill workers – those with more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree, such as largely technical jobs in manufacturing and health care – is soaring.

The need for advanced manufacturing employees is expected to remain strong as baby boomers retire, with more than 5,700 job openings anticipated in Michigan through 2018. Average wages for full-time jobs in this arena are $23.37 an hour, compared with the living wage of $17.08. State estimates show that there is a need for 15,000 new skilled trades workers annually through the next decade with average annual wages of $51,000, according to the Michigan Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives.

“Industries throughout Michigan have committed to sponsoring students in this program,” said Gary Saganski, Henry Ford College associate dean, corporate training office. “They know what a huge need there is for technically trained people who can install, troubleshoot and repair today's highly automated manufacturing equipment,” he added.

Many of the metro Detroit area’s largest manufacturers and industrial companies are participating in the MATprogram, including EMAG in Farmington Hills, New Center Stamping in Detroit; BorgWarner in Auburn Hills and Livonia; ZF in Northville; Brose North America in New Boston, Auburn Hills and Warren; and Durr Systems in Southfield.
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