5 Michigan Community Colleges Shortlisted For Prestigious Million-Dollar Aspen Prize

Five of Michigan’s 28 community colleges are eligible for the 2017 Aspen Award for Community College Excellence, a coveted award that recognizes two-year institutions that have “demonstrated exceptional levels of student achievement.” The list, released Tuesday, includes 150 colleges from 35 states. The Michigan institutions vying for the award are: Alpena Community College, Mott Community …

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Michigan’s Economy No Longer Dependent on the Auto Industry – Michigan Capitol Confidential

New stories Only 1 in 23 jobs in the state are related to auto manufacturing Michigan media pundits repeatedly claim that the auto industry dominates this state’s economy. A recent example came when MLive columnist Rick Haglund wrote, “Michigan, heavily dependent on the auto industry, needs a strong national economy to thrive. …

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View Michigan AD Jim Hackett’s Open Letter to the Michigan Community

Michigan Acting DA Jim Hackett’s Open Letter to the UM Community pic.twitter.com/vEMvS8a5Jd — angelica (@chengelis) October 18, 2015 It wouldn’t be hyperbole to claim that Michigan’s No. 12 improbable last-second loss to Michigan State’s No. 4 is the most heartbreaking loss in college football history. [ MORE: Best of Week 7 | Week 7 scoreboard …

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How the Internet of Things Could Boost Michigan’s Economy

Jay Adelson was born in Detroit, grew up in Southfield, attended Cranbrook High School, attended Boston University, became a serial internet entrepreneur, CEO of Digg and, at 37, was on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Adelson, now 44, was back in Detroit last week, exploring the local tech …

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Is Michigan’s economy back? | MSUToday

Consumer confidence in Michigan is approaching record highs, raising the question: Has the state’s economy recovered? Yes … and no, said Charles Ballard, an economics professor at Michigan State University and director of MSU’s Quarterly State of the State Survey. In the spring survey, released today, 60% of residents rated their financial situation as good …

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Mid Michigan Community College inducts honorary students

the daily news from Midland May 15, 2015 Pictured front row, left to right: Luke Badger (graphic design), Reed Polanco (mechanical engineering), Michele Harrington (nurses), Sarah Otto (secondary math education), Bailee Macklem (nurses), Cara Maertens (automobile) and Harmony Amon (nurse); second row, left to right: Brain Bauman (computer science and math), Amanda Brake (business and …

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Lansing State Journal

Tomas Hult is Professor of Marketing and International Business at Michigan State University and Director of the International Business Center at Eli Broad College of Business. The term “exporter” often seems associated with large companies. The Big Three. Aerospace giants like Boeing. Fortune 500 manufacturing companies like General Electric. Many might be surprised to learn …

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Deteriorating Roads Could Derail Michigan’s Economy

Groups claims that 12%25 of Michigan’s bridges are structurally deficient. The County Roads Group urges passage of Proposition 1. Roads in poor condition cost 19 times more than repairing well-maintained roads. The Regional Chamber says that the poor state of the roads is hampering economic recovery. Michigan’s poor roads threaten to derail its economic recovery, …

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As Michigan Economy Recovers, State Collects More Taxes – Michigan Capitol Confidential

New stories Raising sales and income taxes boosts state revenue The state of Michigan increased its tax collection in the first three years of Gov. Rick Snyder’s tenure, reversing a two-year decline in former Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s last two years. Tax revenue fell from $21.81 billion in Snyder’s first year in office …

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Business leaders see Michigan’s economy gaining momentum

Optimistic mood, but sobering numbers reflect Michigan’s still slow economic recovery. That’s the swift conclusion of Michigan’s third annual CEO Summit, which was attended by 400 business leaders Thursday in Detroit. Buoyed in recent days by the re-election of Governor Rick Snyder and the confirmation of Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy exit plan by Judge Steven …

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Detroit News

René wisely | Special for The Detroit News The Motor City may have put the world on wheels, but the power of the pedals helps keep the state economy going. Cycling injects about $ 668 million a year into Michigan’s economy, according to a recent report from the Michigan Department of Transportation. That figure takes …

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Detroit Free Press

Rick Haglund | Deck Magazine On the surface, the numbers are dismal. According to the latest federal data, only 15% of community college students in Michigan earn a two-year associate degree in three years. About 60% of community college freshmen need remedial classes (essentially, remedial classes in subjects they should have learned in high school), …

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Troubled Times for Michigan Community Colleges

On the surface, the numbers are dismal. According to the latest federal data, only 15% of community college students in Michigan earn a two-year associate degree in three years. A full classroom at Jackson College masks the reality that statewide community college enrollment is down. (Photo by Flickr user Jackson College; used under Creative Commons …

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More than pedaling: Cycling hugely benefits Michigan’s economy, study finds

spring time 2 Ryan Barber and Sarah Whitaker soak up the sun as Barber fixes a vintage bike outside his Kazoo Swift store on Forest Street. Residents of Kalamazoo stepped outside as temperatures hit 60 degrees on the last day of March. (Mark Bugnaski | MLive / Kalamazoo Gazette) LANSING, MI — Riding a bicycle …

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Mid Michigan Community College Awards Eight Full Scholarships

Mid Michigan Community College awarded competitive full scholarships to eight area high school students. Laker Distinction (LD) scholarships are offered at two award levels, with four of each being passed on. The traditional level of the scholarship provides 31 credits of tuition and fees. The LD Presidential Scholarships, the highest awards, include 62 credits (equivalent …

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Michigan Community College will move to merit pay

Michigan’s public institutions have been rushing to approve new faculty contracts ahead of March 28, when the state’s right-to-work law takes effect. In a rush to ratify a two-year contract, faculty members at Grand Rapids Community College agreed to a deal that freezes their salaries for two years and grants raises based solely on their …

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Hunting and fishing boost Michigan’s economy

Fishing attracts foreign tourists to Michigan. Photo: Lindsey Jene Scalera Despite drought conditions, low water levels and an outbreak of disease in the white-tailed deer population, fishing and hunting remained a boon to Michigan’s economy in 2012. With over 1.19 million fishing licenses and over 2.39 million hunting licenses purchased from the Department of Natural …

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Economist: Right to work will have little impact on Michigan’s economy in 2013

Right to work legislation has sparked protests at the state Capitol, but a Michigan economist said it may not impact the state’s economy. Melissa Anders | MLive.com LANSING, MI — The right to work won’t make much of a difference — one way or another — to Michigan’s economy in 2013, said Charles Ballard, an …

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Moderate employment growth, led by autos – CBS Detroit

ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan’s 60th Annual Economic Outlook Conference ended Friday afternoon with relatively bright prospects for the state’s economy. UM economists George Fulton, Joan Crary and Donald Grimes predicted that the state will create nearly 50,000 jobs in 2013 and 61,000 jobs in 2014. READ MORE: 15-year-old charged as adult in …

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Michigan community rallies behind teen named in reunion court as apparent prank

AP Photo/The Detroit News, Dale G. YoungWhiney Kropp at her home in Algiers, Michigan. A Michigan community is trying to work things out after Kropp was named to a high school back court in an apparent prank. Kropp told WNEM-TV she felt betrayed after some of her classmates at Ogemaw Heights High School in West …

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Michigan economy stable, stronger – CBS Detroit

DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Amid sluggish national job growth, there’s a silver lining – and it’s right here in Michigan. A May survey shows Southeast Michigan’s economy continuing a strong economic recovery, with the index above 50 — indicating a favorable economic environment — for 27 of the past 28 months, according to Wayne State University. …

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Governor Snyder believes Michigan’s economy is improving; Mitt Romney: Not so much

In this week’s edition of It’s just politics, Rick Pluta and I take a look at the politics of taking credit for a good economy. Governor Snyder says Michigan’s economy is improving, but that’s not the story Mitt Romney wants to tell. Zoe Clark: Rick, I have a great idea for this week’s show! Rick …

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Michigan’s economy shows bright spots across the state, from energy to automobiles and pizza to pills

File photoPill maker Perrigo Corp. at Allegan is among the companies with healthy results. Here, an employee takes a sample of ibuprophen from a continuous coating machine. At Kelly Services Inc., business is going well, rather well. In Michigan alone last year, the global staffing firm placed about 2,500 more people than in 2010, spanning …

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Governor Rick Snyder discusses Michigan economy at town hall in Chelsea

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder was in Chelsea on Tuesday night, holding his first town hall since beating his four opponents in the GOP primary two weeks ago. Rick snyder The Ann Arbor businessman stood in front of a crowd of around 150 people crammed into the Chelsea rail depot, where he repeated the same …

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National Study Shows Global Sales Key to West Michigan Economy

Adam Bird | Grand Rapids PressWorkers assemble products at the X-Rite plant in Kentwood. For color measuring device maker X-Rite Inc., global sales are more than a slogan. The markets of Europe and Asia are indeed essential to the future of the Kentwood firm. “They represent a growing part of our business,” said Chief Financial …

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How can Michigan’s economy move if its roads are riddled with potholes?

Photo File | The Grand Rapids PressAn economic development official describes Michigan’s roads as “Third World.” The second payment in our Michigan 10.0 series explores why Michigan’s roads and bridges are in such poor condition and how to fix them. Birgit Klohs, president of Grand Rapids-based economic development group The Right Place Inc., says Michigan’s …

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High-speed rail would get Michigan’s economy back on track

Michigan led the automobile to prosperity in the 1950s and 1960s. But now we are losing more and more ground in the new economy. If we hope to catch up, one of the answers must be high-speed rail. That’s why it’s disappointing to see Michigan’s efforts toward high-speed rail service languish, as the federal government …

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