News & EventsFriday, March 6, 2015
Filed under: jobs
For six years Ron Stevens has helped small business owners and entrepreneurs set up or fine-tune their companies. As they expand into other countries they are taking advantage of a new service Stevens provides through the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center—export capabilities counseling.
Justin Bhatia graduated from the WCC medical office assistant program in December. Three months later, he was dressed in a crisp blue shirt and gray slacks, waiting patiently to speak to a University of Michigan representative about employment opportunities at the U-M Medical Center.
Nearly 70 employers from the greater Washtenaw County area will be on hand at WCC’s 16th annual Spring Job Fair on Tuesday, March 26. The fair will be held in the Morris Lawrence building from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Admission is free and the public is welcome.
We know there are jobs going unfilled in the information technology industry. And with a statewide unemployment rate hovering around 8 percent, we know there are people in Michigan ready to work who can’t find a job. How do we change that? WCC has the answer.
WCC has partnered with Ann Arbor-based Merit Network to launch the first pilot program of the new Michigan Cyber Range. WCC network security students now use the new online environment as a seamless extension of their classroom.
Every month, employers reach out to the WCC Career Services department, looking for employee referrals. Ross Gordon, who oversees the department, said those discussions are what help keep the job search workshops that he provides free of charge for WCC students timely and relevant.
WCC welcomes corporate consultant and former Hard Rock International trainer Jim Knight to campus for a seminar about energizing corporate culture.
WCC offers many certificate and degree programs for careers that are in high demand for 2013.
Talent investment will be a key competitive advantage for small business owners and corporate America in 2013, said Michelle Mueller, associate vice president for economic and community development at WCC. Recently, Mueller discussed workforce training with area executives who feel that recruiting and retaining skilled employees are critical in positioning their businesses for success.
The number of students receiving associate degrees from WCC has increased almost 20 percent in the last five years. The job prospects for these and future WCC graduates are great, according to a recent report from Michigan State University.