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By Kip Fern | Microsoft | 5/17/2017
About 500,000 computer programming jobs are vacant in the U.S., and yet most American high schools don’t teach computer science. This week on the blog, Kip Fern of Microsoft Philanthropies shares how tech companies and educators are addressing this growing crisis by bringing computer science into schools through TEALS (Technology Education And Literacy in Schools), opening doors to new opportunities for high school students in Michigan and across the country.
Center for Automotive Research | 4/12/2017
The Center for Automotive Research weighs in on the manufacturing talent shortage and its risk to the industry’s ability to execute product launches. Find out what the organization has planned to help address the coming crisis in skilled trades, this week on the blog.
By Kristin Hope | PIXO Group | 3/15/2017
PIXO Group Marketing Strategist Kristin Hope shares why she picked up her career in tech and made the move from Silicon Valley to Detroit, and why this decision could be the right one for many Millennials who are “low on funds but big on dreams.”
By Rick Nini | Corporate Eagle | 3/1/2017
Attracting and retaining top talent is vital to the success of all businesses, says Rick Nini, president and CEO of aviation company Corporate Eagle. And doing so takes time, energy and strategic focus. Here are his top tips for assembling – and keeping – a great team.
By John Hindman | Tooling U-SME | 2/8/2017
Today’s successful apprenticeships blend hands-on learning with problem solving and classroom instruction, says John Hindman, learning and performance improvement leader at Tooling U-SME. Here are six reasons why starting an apprenticeship program can benefit your company.
By Jennifer Akoma | Airfoil Group | 1/4/2017
When it comes to finding top talent, there’s no silver bullet, says Jennifer Akoma, vice president of human resources for Airfoil. But if your company can control the message that you want candidates or potential candidates to receive, you will have a leg up on the competition.
12/28/2016
We're closing out 2016 with a look back on our top five most popular blog posts of the year.
12/14/2016
As we near the end of 2016, we invite you to take a look back at some of the moments we were most proud of as an organization this year.
By Jeff Krause | SME | 12/7/2016
The recent election made it more clear than ever that manufacturing remains singularly and critically important to America and our economic foundation. The noise got really loud when the topic turned to manufacturing employment. “We need jobs. We need to bring jobs back.”

That plays well to some voting blocks, writes Jeff Krause, CEO, of SME, but it isn’t acknowledging a stark reality: manufacturing jobs exist and there are huge numbers of unfilled positions. Right now. All over the country. The challenge? Any manufacturing employer could tell you: finding those with the skills and abilities to accept the rewarding, well-paid opportunities being offered.
By Wendy Pittman | WorkFountain | 11/16/2016
From paper resumes and red pens to the ability to connect to hundreds of resumes with the click of a button, our expectations of recruiting solutions have increased. Our patience with outdated systems has unsurprisingly worn thin. In an era of skills gaps and misalignments, hiring managers require on-demand access to talent, with the ability to place the right people in the right roles quickly. To achieve this, employers need the right tools. 
By Dave Dunckel | Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency | 11/9/2016
Every day, members of today’s U.S. Armed Forces manage, operate and repair thousands of sophisticated communications networks across the globe. Our military men and women control and command high-tech proprietary software and hardware platforms that have the potential of swift and deadly consequences if mismanaged or compromised by an adversary. Not only do our service members accomplish these difficult and sophisticated tasks without hesitation, they often do so in austere environments in treacherous terrain or in the busy, crowded streets of third-world countries.
By ​Ed Potoczak | IQMS Manufacturing ERP and MES | 10/5/2016
With most companies facing an aging workforce, the challenge of building a robust team to carry your business forward successfully can be complex.
By Jessica Tower | Plante Moran | 9/7/2016
One bad hiring decision can cost an organization in many ways. Estimates of financial impact range from 30-90% of the person’s first year salary and benefits, depending on the level of the position. So, a bad hire in a $75,000 position might cost an organization between $29,250 and $87,750 (assuming benefit costs are 30% of salary). In addition to the financial impact, an unsuccessful hire can decrease morale, damage client relationships, and increase expenses related to overtime, lost productivity, and recruiting and training a replacement employee.  
By Karol Friedman | Automation Alley | 8/31/2016
As Labor Day approaches, Karol Friedman, Automation Alley’s director of strategic partnerships and talent, discusses six things to consider when searching for qualified talent to fill open positions. 
7/6/2016
We know that manufacturers across the country are struggling to find the skilled talent they need to remain competitive. Yet, according to Automation Alley partner Tooling U-SME, 75 percent of those companies say they don’t offer a structured training program on manufacturing skills. 
6/22/2016
School may be out for summer, but that doesn’t mean your tiny geniuses have to stop learning! Here are six ways to keep kids of all ages engaged in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) this summer. 
By Nathan Hughes | Detroit Labs | 5/25/2016
Nathan Hughes, co-founder of Detroit Labs, explains why his company ditched the resume in favor of a more inclusive and progressive hiring approach. 
5/11/2016
We all know that STEM education is the foundation of a competitive workforce, and keeping our students excited and engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math is critical to the future of our economy, both locally and nationally.
By Karol Friedman | Automation Alley | 5/4/2016
Today’s business climate is moving at the speed of light, and the prevailing opinion in workforce development circles is that our country’s skills gap cannot be closed unless we rethink the way we learn. This was the philosophy behind Automation Alley’s Technical Talent Development Program (TTDP).
By Jeannine Kunz | Tooling U-SME | 4/27/2016
Taking basic steps now can help you avoid not having the right – or enough – skilled workers to meet customer demands. To ensure the health of your business and the manufacturing industry, the time to act is now.
By Karol Friedman | Automation Alley | 3/23/2016
Michigan’s workforce has time and time again proven its ability to innovate and adapt. Filling the manufacturing skills gap is no easy task, but by working together, we can get that much closer.
By Kenneth Meyer | Eastern Michigan University | 3/2/2016
Personality assessments are gaining popularity in the workplace as a way to help find the best role for employees within an organization and to improve communication among teams. Many such assessments are available, but the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, or MBTI, is among the most popular for business.
By Gary Abernathy | New Horizons Computer Learning Centers | 12/2/2015
Gary Abernathy is the Executive Vice President of Sales for Livonia-based New Horizons Computer Learning Centers. This week on the blog, he discusses the importance of ongoing education for employees as technology rapidly changes. 
By Joseph Serwach | Organik | 10/14/2015
Tech companies get in trouble when prospective new hires and customers ask, “What do you do, exactly?’’ If your answer is too hesitant or generic, too vague or too specific, their eyes quickly glaze over and a prospect quickly tunes out.
By Pavan Muzumdar | PCS Insight | 9/9/2015
Pavan Muzumdar, founder and managing director of PCS Insight, discusses why it’s important for companies to take time in hiring the right person in his latest blog post “First fix the bus!” 
By Marlin Page | Sisters Code | 8/19/2015
Marlin Page is the founder of Sisters Code, a global social enterprise with a mission to educate, empower, and entice women ages 25 – 85 to explore the world of coding and technology. Here she talks about why she started Sisters Code, what goes on at the “Weekend Website Warrior Experience,” and how Sister's Code gives back to the community.    
By David Darbyshire | DASI Solutions | 6/24/2015
David Darbyshire, engineer and co-owner of DASI Solutions, discusses the technical skill, knowledge and methods necessary to successfully integrate and operate 3D printers for business.
By Lee Redding | University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business | 5/20/2015
The University of Michigan-Dearborn’s College of Business is partnering with Automation Alley this summer to introduce a workshop series aimed at advancing the business skills of individuals in our workforce and helping area organizations succeed.  
By Automation Alley Staff | Automation Alley | 4/15/2015
This month, we introduced a new job board to our website called the Automation Alley Talent Exchange. Powered by WorkFountain, the Talent Exchange is not your ordinary job board. It’s an innovative new system that plays matchmaker, connecting employers and job seekers based on skills, interests and job requirements.
By Karol Friedman | Automation Alley | 3/18/2015
We sat down with Karol Friedman, Automation Alley’s director of talent development, to discuss some of the biggest challenges facing the local tech workforce today and what Automation Alley is doing to address them.
By Automation Alley Staff | Automation Alley | 1/21/2015
A Q&A with Automation Alley’s Ken Rogers and Kelly Kozlowski

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