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Troy-based Seco Tools hires 20 for tech engineering group

Seco Tools is on a bit of a hiring spree as it works to fill out a new custom manufacturing space in Troy.

The Troy-based company specializes in metalcutting work in manufacturing. It recently consolidated an out-of-state facility with a new location in Troy that specializes in specialty manufacturing and testing. The firm has been staffing up the facility for the last year, making 20 hires in its technical engineering group.

"It's really just a skeleton crew. We need to add two more people to bring us up to where we need to be here," says Bob Goulding, tech engineering manager for Seco Tools. "We hope to add another shift next year."

The 35,000-square-foot space near the Automation Alley offices is the result of the company moving some work from a former location in Tennessee last fall. The new facility will do custom manufacturing and testing work when it’s all done.

"We're really just finishing it now," Goulding says.

Source: Bob Goulding, tech engineering manager for Seco Tools
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Clarkston State Bank grows off increased commercial lending

The financial crisis wasn't a crisis for everyone. For Clarkston State Bank it was an opportunity.

The Clarkston-based bank filled in the vacuum of commercial lending in recent years while larger banks ran scared from the sector. That has allowed the local bank to grow its bottom line and a few other things.

"We've been a very active lender, specifically commercial lending," says Grant Smith, president & CEO of Clarkston State Bank. "It's why we have been hiring a few people this year."

The 15-year-old community bank has hired three people over the last year, including a vice president of credit administration and a treasurer. It now employs a staff of 44 people among four branches in Clarkston, Waterford, and Independence Township. It is currently building a replacement branch near McLaren Hospital.

Clarkston State Bank has watched its revenue grow by 20-30 percent for each of the last few years. Its net income is up 20 percent while retail deposits are up $15 million. The bank also booked $30 million in new lending last year while it reviewed nearly $60 million in deals during that time. It hopes to add a few million more in lending this year.

"That's quite a bit for a small bank," Smith says.

Source: Grant Smith, president & CEO of Clarkston State Bank
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Carlisle/Wortman Associates opens office in Troy

Carlisle/Wortman Associates opened its first satellite office in Troy last May, bringing three people from its Ann Arbor office to jobs in Oakland County. The planning firm assists local municipalities in Michigan’s wealthiest county in keeping up with demand for new development.

"Oakland County has always been an economic engine in Michigan," says Dick Carlisle, president of Carlisle/Wortman Associates. "As the economy improves those are the communities that see an increase in interest."

Carlisle/Wortman Associates has made a name for itself helping local municipalities overhaul zoning ordinances, create master plans, and complete other civic planning projects. It has seen a jump in business over the last year as the economy improves and developments are coming back to life across Michigan. More and more communities are facilitating new developments in the industrial, commercial and residential sectors.

"We are definitely seeing a resurgence in residential development," Carlisle says.

Source: Dick Carlisle, president of Carlisle/Wortman Associates
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Small-business center addresses unemployment for adults with autism

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Four organizations in Oakland County have teamed up to address Michigan’s employment shortcomings for adults with autism with the launch of the Small-Business Center.

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Apply by Sept. 11 for entrepreneurial mentoring at LTU

Thursday, Sept. 11, is the deadline for innovators and entrepreneurs to apply for the nine-week Saturday mentoring program at Lawrence Technological University that helps advance new product ideas and establish new business opportunities. 
 
Michigan I-Corps@LTU, established with funds from the Coleman Foundation and the Kern Family Foundation, is part of a statewide program designed to foster and grow an innovation ecosystem throughout Michigan. It provides participants knowledge about what it takes to successfully commercialize their ideas and focus on meeting customer needs. 
 
The program is free for Lawrence Tech students, faculty and alumni. The cost is $500 for teams without an LTU connection.
 
The next nine-week session kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 4. Each innovation team will:
 
•           Be matched with an industry mentor.
•           Develop a greater understanding of its product and how it can benefit customers.
•           Find customers and markets.
•           Discover what it takes to commercialize a product and the barriers to adoption.
•           Save years and money by developing a structured business model.
•           Expand its network.
•           Be eligible for a $1,000 cash prize for the best team.
 
“If you’re ready to really advance your innovation, to truly understand who will buy your product and what kind of business you can build, then this is the program for you,” said Tex Criqui of the Tech Highway consulting firm, who is team leader for the Michigan I-Corps@LTU program. “We are offering this nine-week program on Saturdays so that busy students and working professionals can advance their ideas and innovations.”
 
To apply or for more information, see www.ltu.edu/i-corps.  Or contact i-corps@ltu.edu.
 
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 return on undergraduate tuition investment, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area.  Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.
 

Students, business leaders kick off MAT2 program at OCC

Oakland Community College welcomed dozens of area employers and some of Oakland County’s brightest technology students to the Auburn Hills Campus Tuesday to formally kick-off the 2014 Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT²) program.
 
The groundbreaking initiative, in its second year at OCC, is coordinated by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and combines paid-work experience with three years of classroom instruction in the fields of mechatronics, information technology and technical product design. Tuition and wages are paid by corporate sponsors. Participating corporate sponsors so far have included: Brose North America, Heller Machine Tool, ZF Group, FTE Automotive, Volkswagen of America, Kostal Group, EMAG, Durr, Jenoptik, Kern, Link Engineering, Weil Engineering, Orbitak, Secure 24, BorgWarner Auburn Hills,  Pontiac Coil, Magna and American Axle.
 
Based on the German Dual Education System, MAT² integrates business and education to grow technology jobs and provides an innovative and efficient way to produce qualified workers. Students learn mechatronics, a combination of electrical, mechanical and electronic competencies that enable a technician to identify, analyze and solve systems-based problems.
 
“These are some of the smartest students in Oakland County,” said Timothy Taylor, president of OCC’s Auburn Hills Campus to a crowd of about 100 students, families and employers. “They figured out that to be successful in the workplace, you have to apply your skills. They’re going to school and the learning they’re doing is more than theoretical. It’s become relevant in the ‘real world.’”
 
MAT²  students will graduate with no student-loan debt while earning a competitive wage in an industry they enjoy, Taylor said. They’ll also get an early start on their careers with a guaranteed job in a high-demand field upon successfully completing the program.
 
Since MAT² launched in 2013, 18 students have begun training for various companies at OCC. The ceremony also highlighted 15 students that will take part in the program’s inaugural Information Technology cohort this fall. The initiative officially started last week with a technology ‘bootcamp’ at Grand Circus in Detroit.
 
“It’s been a pretty amazing experience so far and I’m excited to meet and start building relationships with the other students I’ll be seeing for three more years,” said Malik Fox, 19, of Farmington Hills.
 
Fox said he entered the Information Technology cohort with the intent to become a video game programmer, however, he’s already seen benefits MAT² can offer for several different career paths.
 
“This will help me learn so many other aspects of (IT) so I know I’ll be able to have skills that can translate into many other fields, not just what I know I want to do now,” he said.
 
Alex Ryszama, 17, said the first year of the program exceeded his expectations and ignited his passion for learning.
 
“The ability to learn something from a book or instructor and then apply it to something tangible is going to allow me such an advantage and opportunity to be successful,” he said.
 
“This was a perfect fit for him,” said Ryszama’s mother, Pamela, who attended the ceremony. “Anything he can do hands-on is a real plus and it’s been a great opportunity.”
 
Mike Gidley, Executive Vice President of Clarkston-based Pontiac Coil, commended students for tackling the rigorous coursework and application process to participate in MAT², which he said can fill a critical need in his industry.
 
“As a business owner, I struggle every day to hire people with the skill set that you will receive in this program -- marketable skills that all the companies here have been chasing after and not finding in the job market,” he said.
 
About OCC: With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC is celebrating its 50th year. OCC is the largest community college in Michigan and the 25th largest in the nation. It offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. To learn more about OCC, visit www.oaklandcc.edu.
 

Warner Norcross launches new data solutions practice

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has launched a new Data Solutions Practice Group, making it the first – and only – law firm in Michigan to provide an integrated team approach to full life-cycle support for business data.

More than 30 experienced attorneys, records management specialists, data and information technology specialists and paralegals comprise the new Data Solutions team, which offers more than a dozen services focused on four primary areas:

·         Information governance and records management
·         Electronic discovery
·         Privacy and security
·         Employee education and training

Data Solutions is co-chaired by B. Jay Yelton III, a partner who practices in the firm’s Kalamazoo office, and Dawn Garcia Ward, a senior counsel who practices in the firm’s Holland office.  Other members of the team include:

·         Michael G. Brady, a partner in the Southfield office who concentrates his practice on complex business litigation and internal compliance investigations
·         Norbert F. Kugele, a partner and Certified Information Privacy Professional/US in the Grand Rapids office who specializes in privacy and information security law
·         Jonathan E. Lauderbach, a former circuit court judge and partner in the Midland office who has extensive experience in procedural aspects of litigation and electronic records management
·         Brian P. Lennon, a former federal prosecutor and partner in the Grand Rapids office who focuses his litigation practice on criminal defense, corporate investigations, computer crimes and compliance
·         Jonathan E. Moore, a partner and litigator in the Grand Rapids office who has an emphasis in corporate governance litigation, supply chain litigation and e-discovery
·         Janet L. Ramsey, a partner and litigator in the Grand Rapids office who has developed expertise in complex commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation

Warner Norcross has made a substantial investment to retrofit a portion of its new Kalamazoo office to house the highly collaborative, state-of-the-art Data Solutions Project Management Center and to acquire and develop advanced e-discovery and litigation support team members and software solutions. 
 
“Not only does Warner Norcross understand business, we understand data, which is an increasingly important but rare combination in today’s corporate environment,” Yelton explained.  “By creating the Data Solutions group, we are able to offer companies a single source of experienced professionals who can help them fully and cost effectively manage their data. 
 
“While some firms specialize in records management or offer e-discovery services, we are the first Michigan law firm to assemble an in-house team of experts with a proven track record of successfully advising Fortune 500 companies on records management, e-discovery, security breaches and compliance issues.”
 
The new Data Solutions team has broad experience working with medical device manufacturers, auto suppliers, insurance providers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, health care and life sciences services, financial institutions, retailers and other industries. Michigan clients who have already tapped into its expertise include Amway Corp., Stryker Corp., Spectrum Health, the state of Michigan and Holland Hospital.
 
“Data is the lifeblood of any business, but unmanaged data becomes clutter – or, worse still, a liability,” Ward noted.  “With more than 190 billion e-mails being sent globally every business day, companies are generating data at an ever-accelerating pace.  Without the proper controls in place, the exposure – and the expense – of poor data management can be a huge drain on a business.
 
“With an eye on budgets, our team can provide cost-effective strategies that leverage technology to achieve a company’s goals.  We utilize best practices and appropriate staffing, including a dedicated document review team of trained staff attorneys, to ensure results.”
 
The integrated suite of services offered begins with records information management.  Warner Norcross document management specialists will create a cost-effective and easy-to-follow policy for a company, based on its location, size and industry. 
 
Ward explained that unnecessary data retention is not only expensive, it can be risky, exposing a business to damaging revelations during the discovery phase of litigation.  Warner Norcross has developed a proprietary database of retention requirements that allows it to quickly and accurately create record retention schedules tailored specifically for a business. 
 
On the flip side of that coin, Warner Norcross also offers defensible data disposition, detailing what and when outdated and unnecessary data and documents may be disposed of and, if necessary, defending those decisions in court.  The firm also offers litigation readiness services,which are designed to reduce the risks and costs associated with litigation, and compliance audits and risks assessments to identify potential weak spots and areas of vulnerability upfront.
 
Warner Norcross has a robust e-discovery platform, allowing it to effectively guide companies through review, analysis and production of electronic information for litigation.  Recognizing that, on average, only one in 1,000 pages of information reviewed during e-discovery winds up as an exhibit in court, the Data Solutions team offers:

·         Data analytics, which utilizes predictive coding, technology-assisted review and other emerging technologies to better manage document review while reducing costs.

·         Discovery planning, budgets and project management, which allows the team to provide an early case assessment, develop a data preservation plan and budget, identify review protocols and provide status reporting. 

·         Managed data review and production, which offers a state-of-the-art e-discovery center staffed by 10+ full-time project managers and staff attorneys who are experienced in data review.
Warner Norcross also offers data privacy and security services to help companies to identify personally identifiable information that must be kept private and then develop the appropriate policies and procedures to safeguard that data. Because information is increasingly being stored in the cloud, the Data Solutions team will also negotiate contracts to appropriately safeguard personally identifiable information. 
 
In the event of a security incident, the Data Solutions team offers data breach guidance and response.  The team can lead the investigation of a potential security breach to determine whether identifiable data has been compromised and coordinate with law enforcement. In the event notification is necessary, the team will ensure that the business complies with breach notification laws.
 
Finally, Data Solutions will offer employee education and training to ensure that data policies and procedures are both understood and executed properly.
 
About Warner Norcross 

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP is a corporate law firm with 230 attorneys practicing in eight offices throughout Michigan:  Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Macomb County, Midland, Muskegon and Southfield.  By providing discerning and proactive legal advice, Warner Norcross forges a better partnership with its clients.
 

Lathrup Village startup Telemetrio bridges tech and sports

Marco Cucco is a serial entrepreneur and a big sports fan. His latest startup, Telemetrio, is quickly becoming the place where his passions intertwine.

"Telemetrio is where my interests are most prevalant," Cucco says. "It bridges technology and sports."

The Lathrup Village-based startup is developing technology it describes as "a computer-vision sports telemetrics and broadcasting system specifically geared to youth sports." This boils down to a software platform that films youth sporting events and sorts out the highlights for the parents. It also auto-analyzes the film and extracts statistics before putting it into a web portal for easy viewing.

Telemetrio's team of five people are still refining the platform. The first pilot is now being extended to multiple installations at Ultimate Soccer Arenas.

"We are expanding the pilot to one more field," Cucco says. "We will then be opening it up so more users can give us feedback."

Telemetrio recently secured $14,000 in Business Accelerator Funds from the Michigan Economic Development Corp with the help of the Macomb-OU INCubator. Telemetrio is a client of the Sterling Heights-based business accelerator’s services.

"It (the $14,000) will be spent on securing our intellectual property," Cucco says.

Source: Marco Cucco, acting CEO of Telemetrio
Writer: Jon Zemke

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365 Retail Markets hits 1,500-percent sales growth in 3 years

Most companies like to brag about their double-digit revenue growth. Some can even talk about triple-digits; 365 Retail Markets wants to tell you about its quadruple-digit revenue increase.

The Troy-based tech company has grown 1,500 percent in the last three years. In that time it has expanded its staff to 50 people after hiring 15 in the last year, and has become a multi-million-dollar firm.

"We work in an industry that really hasn't innovated much in the last 20 years," says Matthew Caston, chief strategy officer at 365 Retail Markets.

365 Retail Markets describes its platform as "MicroMarket technology" that serves the vending, foodservice and hospitality industries with a goal of fundamentally transforming the way employees view their break room. The company offers a 24/7 unmanned self-checkout system that serves fresh food and beverage alternatives at workplaces across the U.S.

"Higher-end customers want higher-end solutions," Caston says. "Employers want to give their employees more options. The trend of snacking healthily also adds to that."

Caston estimates that 365 Retail Markets has captured less than 1 percent of the market, giving the company a huge ceiling to strive for.

"We're on the tip of the sword here," Caston says. "We are very early in penetrating the entire market."

Source: Matthew Caston, chief strategy officer at 365 Retail Markets
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Southfield-based Clayton & McKervey adds 10 jobs

Clayton & McKervey's recent growth has a bit of a foreign flavor to it.

The Southfield-based accounting and business advisory firm has grown its revenue by about 5 percent over the last year and is on target to do it again in 2014. That has allowed it to hire 10 people over the last year, including accountants, tax experts, and support staff. The firm currently employs 60 people.

Fueling that growth is rising demand for bigger companies to buy smaller ones.

"A lot more companies are looking at mergers and acquisitions these days," says Kevin McKervey, president of Clayton & McKervey. "A lot of clients are buying companies."

In many case those companies are foreign-owned corporations looking to establish a foothold in the North American market. Often the easier way to do that is to buy a locally-owned company in its space and turn it into the U.S. subsidiary for the multi-national corporation.

"There is a big interest in foreign companies establishing a presence in the U.S.," McKervey says.

Source: Kevin McKervey, president of Clayton & McKervey
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Indratech turns green fiber padding into thriving biz

If you're sitting on a cushioned surface, chances are you're sitting on foam. Indratech wants to change that, and the Troy-based business is off to a good start.

The 10-year-old firm makes the Indura Performance Fiber. The patented fiber padding is marketed as "green, non-toxic, recycled and perfect for use in any bedding and furniture application."

"Anything you can sit or sleep on," says Surendra Khambete, president of Indratech.

The company currently employs about 100 people, including 10 at its headquarters. It has hired two people in Troy (a R&D engineer and an accountant) over the last year to help it keep up with its growth. Revenue has spiked by 15 percent over the last year. The company sees its product as the replacement for foam.

"The good thing about foam is it's really tough," Khambete says. "If you sit on it, it will come right back up when you get up. The bad thing about foam is it's really toxic to produce."

Indratech boasts that Indura Performance Fiber has all of the attributes of foam but without any of the environmental costs.

"We are trying to get our foothold in the crib market, the mattress market, the automotive market," Khambete says.

It is also working with appliance makers to provide Indura Performance Fiber as an insulating material.

"We can make it quieter and warmer," Khambete says.

Source: Surendra Khambete, president of Indratech
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Gongos, Inc named to AMA Gold Top 50 report

Gongos, Inc. has been named a Gold Top 50 U.S. market research organization, as published in the 41st annual business report of Marketing News—an American Marketing Association publication. Based on 2013 gross revenues, Gongos, Inc. ranks as the 43rd organization in the U.S., climbing from 44th last year. This is the seventh consecutive year the company has surfaced on the list since the company was founded in 1991.
 
Gongos has sustained a consistent level of organic growth, with a 12.9% overall increase in revenues since 2012, working with top-tier companies including Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Chase and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Additionally, while not calculated in the revenues included in this ranking, Gongos’ non-U.S. revenues increased by 6.9%.
 
The company remains committed to addressing its clients’ ongoing business challenges by continuing to offer new complementary approaches to consumer-centric intelligence such as with O2 Integrated, its data science as a service business unit launched in early 2013.
 
“We are developing our business units to provide new value paths for our clients,” says Camille Nicita, president & CEO. “Yet together our services heighten consumer wisdom to ultimately enrich organizations’ possibilities, outcomes and bottom-line approaches.”
 
The “Top 50 U.S. Market Research Ranking and Review” is a report published by the American Marketing Association (AMA), North America’s largest professional marketing association, and Inside Research®, a one-source authoritative report founded in 1990 by Jack Honomichl, the leading market research industry authority. Following Honomichl’s death in December 2013, research industry veteran Laurence E. Gold has been named his successor, for whom this report has been renamed after.
 
Gongos’ approach to decision intelligence supports Global 1000 companies. Fusing technology with custom research and insights curation, Gongos offers clients multiple levels of engagement to address their ongoing business challenges. Serving the consumer products, retail, financial services, transportation and technology spaces, Gongos combines innovative and foundational approaches to primary research and market intelligence.
 
The company’s primary research division, Gongos Research, partners with corporate research and insights teams on initiatives spanning the entire product and marketing life cycle. O2 Integrated, its data sciences business unit, harmonizes enterprise and research knowledge through consultative relationships. The company thrives on developing techniques to shape purposeful stories that can be readily socialized within client organizations.
 
Gongos works with companies such as Hallmark Cards, Mars-Wrigley, Visa, GM and OnStar. In 2007, the company was first named to the Inc. 5000 list of “The Fastest Growing Companies in America.” For further insight into the Gongos culture, visit gongos.com or facebook.com.
 

Code ReConnect graduates first class of new IT pros

The first crop of graduates have been harvested from Automation Alley's newest IT development program, Code ReConnect.

Code ReConnect is a training program that helps people transition into careers in the IT and software sectors. The program, held at Oakland Community College's M-TEC building in Auburn Hills, includes courses on computer programming and web and app development. Graduates receive Microsoft Certified Professional certification after 120 hours of classroom instruction and 64 hours of hands-on lab time.

The first class graduated eight people. So far two of them have landed positions and the other six are interviewing for jobs. Automation Alley is working with Kelly Services to provide participants with access to employment opportunities with local tech companies through a six-month paid mentorship program. Among the participating companies are Digerati, CDH and Altair Engineering.

"It allows them to try out an employee before committing to permanent employment," says Alysia Green, director of talent development at Automation Alley.

The costs for the program are paid for by Automation Alley from funds received from a $5 million workforce development grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. Automation Alley is looking at launching its second class for the Code ReConnect program in October. For information on it, contact Automation Alley Talent Development Specialist Karol Friedman at friedmank@automationalley.com.

Source: Alysia Green, director of talent development at Automation Alley
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Baker College of Auburn Hills launches CDA prep program for preschool educators

Baker College of Auburn Hills is launching a new certificate program in the fall quarter that helps preschool educators prepare for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential assessment process administered by the Council for Professional Recognition. The CDA Credential is becoming more often required for employment in the preschool education field.

The new Baker College program, named CDA academic foundations, is designed for educators affiliated with Head Start and Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), teacher aides and some home learning providers. Classes begin Monday, Sept. 29.

Graduates of the Baker College program will have completed the Council's criteria related to educational training and a professional portfolio. The remaining criteria are satisfied by the student through professional experience in the field and passage of the CDA Credential exam given by the Council.

“Baker College’s new certificate program will guide students as they navigate the system to obtain the Council’s CDA credential,” said Natalie Campbell, Baker College of Auburn Hills program director of early childhood education (ECE). “We understand the importance of early learning and recognize the commitment individuals make to the teaching profession. This program is designed to make the most of a teaching professional’s time.”

The program consists of seven classes that can be completed in three quarters. The evening classes allow professionals who work full time during the day to pursue this program.

The ECE advisory boards at several Baker College campuses across the state identified the strong need for the new program. The advisory boards, consisting of faculty members and practicing ECE professionals, help identify industry employment trends that Baker College considers when planning curriculum. Factors that led to their recommendation to create the CDA academic foundations program were:

*Ongoing training, including the CDA Credential and associate and bachelor’s degrees, is criteria for gaining a higher rating in the Michigan Department of Education’s quality rating and improvement system.

*There is an increasing number of GSRP classrooms, which require a teacher aide to have a CDA Credential.

*There are fiscal incentives for preschool and child learning educators and some home learning providers to obtain CDA credentials.

*There is a shortage of consultants that provide the education and advice necessary to help preschool professionals obtain the CDA Credential.

Campbell and ECE program directors from other Baker College campuses developed the curriculum for the CDA academic foundations program, which will be offered this fall at Baker College campuses in Muskegon, Auburn Hills, Jackson and Flint.

For more information, contact Nicole Chirco in the admissions office at 248.340.0600 or Nicole.Chirco@baker.edu. Students may also schedule an appointment via the Baker College website: www.baker.edu. Students in the CDA academic foundations program are eligible to apply for part-time financial aid from Baker College and the Michigan T.E.A.C.H. program.

More information about the CDA Credential offered by the Council for Professional Recognition is at www.CDACouncil.org.
Head Start is a federally funded preschool program for 3- and 4-year-olds. GSRP is a state government-funded preschool program for 4-year-olds.

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a nonprofit higher education institution, serving more than 35,000 students on 12 campuses and in three satellite locations. Baker grants certificates and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, health sciences, education and human services, and various technical fields, as well as a doctorate of business administration. As a career college, the Baker College system is pleased to report that 97 percent of its available graduates are employed. For more information about Baker College, please check out our website at www.baker.edu.

Walsh College offers certified treasury professional exam prep in unique classroom program

Enrollment is open for a 12-week Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) exam course, which begins Monday, Sept. 22, on the Troy campus of Walsh College. The course will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays.

The course is the only one of its kind in Michigan that uses the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) Treasury Learning System,™ which is designed to broaden corporate treasury management knowledge and skills and to quickly improve workplace effectiveness.

A CTP designation can boost marketability because it reflects competency in the finance professions – whether you’re working as an accounting manager or as a financial analyst, according to the Association for Finance Professionals.

Students will be taught by Stephen Sholty, CTP, assistant professor, Finance, at Walsh. Those students who do not pass the exam may take the class again at no charge.

The course, says Sholty, provides a structured classroom environment where students have the benefit of professional peer interaction. “It’s a 360-degree educational experience – you’re not just working online; students have the benefit of a professional instructor and a certified learning system for an outcome that you just can’t get on your own,” he says.

There are no admissions requirements or application fees for the course. However, to qualify for the exam and the certification, go to www.ctpcert.org/CTPreg/.

Tuition of $1,595 (or $1,450 before September 10 with the discount code Early Bird) includes AFP books and online tools. It must be paid in full before classes begin.

For information about the CTP course, contact Jan Hubbard, 248-823-1392. To register for the course, go to: http://www.thewalshinstitute.com/ctpexamprep.

Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not-for-profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs.  One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services  division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.
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