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International call-in to highlight Monday’s M2 TechCast

ROYAL OAK — One half of the hosting team at the M2 TechCast will be calling in from overseason for the program’s Monday, June 26 edition.

The show will start at 3 p.m. Eastern time Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com.

Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, will phone in from Israel, where he is covering the 7th International Cyber Week at Tel Aviv University. Organizers of the event invited Brennan to attend.

At 3:15, Tricia Walding of the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan will outline WIN’s recently released Connected and Automated Vehicles Social Network Analysis.

At 3:30, Keith Brophy, director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center, will interview Bhushan Kulkarni, Chairman of GDI Infotech and CEO of InfoReady Corp. Bhushan is also co-chair of BBM BizCon 2017, a conference taking place on July 6 in Grand Rapids.

Wrapping up the show at 3:45 will be Dr. Sibrina Collins, director of Lawrence Technological University’s Marburger STEM Center, the home of LTU’s K-12 and STEM outreach programs. She’ll provide the latest details on LTU’s high school and middle school summer science and technology camps, the Marburger STEM Center Ambassadors Program, and the recent ribbon-cutting of a high-tech outdoor classroom at Detroit’s Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy.

The M2 TechCast will not air Monday, July 3 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. It will return Monday, July 10.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com. And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast/.

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Brennan and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both covered high tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 50 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

 

Detroit at Work, Grand Circus to Launch Tech Bootcamp

DETROIT — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s Detroit at Work initiative  announced the opening of applications for the inaugural TechHire Bootcamp in partnership with Grand Circus, a downtown Detroit technology training company.

The 10-week program provides training and mentorship for Detroit residents interested in becoming entry-level developers. Through hands-on learning, students will be exposed to a variety of essential programming tools, including HTML, CSS, Git/GitHub and SQL/MySQL.

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Baker College Cadillac Campus Open For Free Mechatronics Training

CADILLAC — Baker College’s Cadillac campus is accepting applications for the second cohort of the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) Mechatronics Program that begins Monday, Oct. 24.

The MAT2 program is a competitive opportunity for students to earn an associate degree in mechatronics at no cost to them. Tuition is paid by sponsoring manufacturers that provide employment for the students while attending college and upon graduation.

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Internship Search Leads To Michigan Tech Startup

HOUGHTON — Eighteen months ago, Garrett Lord was studying computer science at Michigan Technological University and trying to find an internship in Silicon Valley. He wasn’t having much luck. Silicon Valley companies didn’t tend to look for interns at a small, engineering-centric school on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Yet he knew that students at big-name schools nationwide had no trouble finding those opportunities.

What could level the playing field? The answer was a Handshake away.

Lord and fellow Michigan Tech students Scott Ringwelski and Ben Christensen designed a new college-career network called Handshake, a software program that makes it easy for students to find and apply for internships and jobs, enables employers of all sizes to locate the talent they’re looking for and helps college career centers do their job.

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Vehicle Lightweighting Job Demand Surges

DETROIT — A new report from a vehicle “lightweighting” industry group and a local workforce group showed that demand for lightweighting-related occupations jumped more than 50 percent from the end of 2014 to midyear 2015.

The report from LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow) and WIN (Workforce Intelligence Network) covered a five-state region that includes Michigan.

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WIN Report Shows Strong Job Gains In SE Michigan

DETROIT — Southeast Michigan employment levels continued to rise in the third quarter, according to the latest labor market report compiled by the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan.

The WIN report showed 15,000 people got jobs in the third quarter, and now 38,205 more people are working in the region than in the third quarter of 2014.

WIN said that through the first nine months of the year, 2015 is on track to have the region’s highest recorded employment since 2008. With more than 137,000 online job ads in the third quarter of 2015, postings also have reached another all-time high, substantially exceeding previous peaks.

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Workforce Intelligence Network Summit To Examine Workforce Disruption

SOUTHFIELD — On Tuesday, Oct. 20, local and national panelists from the Federal Reserve, Wayne State University College of Engineering, Innovation Accelerator Foundation and more will explore how leading edge technologies, such as 3D printing and connected and automated products, will transform Michigan’s world of work and business.

The Workforce Intelligence Network will also unveil a new report on these topics, based on statewide survey results.

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Baker College Auburn Hills Adds New Welding Programs

AUBURN HILLS — Baker College of Auburn Hills will launch two new welding programs beginning 2015 fall quarter. One is a certificate program, while the other is for an associate degree. Classes begin Monday, Sept. 28.

Those interested are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as enrollment may be limited. Classes will be held in the welding lab of Oakland Schools in Pontiac.

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Waltonen Engineering Seeks 30 New Hires As Michigan Rebounds

WARREN — Anyone who doubts that Michigan manufacturing is back or that the engineering shortage is real should really have a chat with Lloyd Brown.

The longtime CEO of Warren’s Waltonen Engineering says growing business in the automotive, aerospace, military and other manufacturing sectors have led to 30 openings at the 125-employee firm.

Waltonen is recruiting designers, engineers, account managers, project leaders and robot simulators. The available positions require varying levels of education and experience, from trade school certification through a master’s degree.

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Webb Lets LTU Students Know About Case Studies, Career Opportunities

FARMINGTON HILLS — The material handling product and service provider Jervis B. Webb Co. says its engineers taught first-year mechanical engineering students about its systems, projects and career opportunities in a recent meeting.

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