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By David Pistrui, Ph.D. | University of Detroit Mercy | 10/11/2017
Today, there is a significant shift from selling what exists to imagining what’s next. Fifty years ago, the life expectancy of a Fortune 500 firm was around 75 years. Currently, it is less than 15 years and declining rapidly. Dynamic change and a disruptive consumer-oriented market economy are fueling these changes. Today, even the largest companies risk being marginalized, commoditized or disrupted in other ways. As well-funded startups and risk-embracing players seek to challenge prevailing paradigms and alter long-standing models, innovation has become critical, not merely to growth but to survival.
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.
By Liz Rivard | Automation Alley | 4/5/2017
The advanced manufacturing and IT sectors are facing complex workforce challenges like never before. And those challenges are magnified by the rise of Industry 4.0. How do companies find employees with the appropriate expertise? Registered Apprenticeship is a proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world-class talent, says Liz Rivard, Automation Alley’s program manager of Industry 4.0 Partnerships and Talent. Apprenticeships, often referred to as an “earn while you learn” program, offer a company reduced turnover, savings in recruitment costs, preservation of trade secrets and increased productivity, among other benefits.
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 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 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.
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. 
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. 
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 Automation Alley Staff | Automation Alley | 5/3/2016
Tom Kelly, Automation Alley’s COO and director of entrepreneurship, was recently interviewed on two local technology news broadcasts, WJR’s Internet Advisor and the M2 Techcast. He discussed the latest news from Automation Alley, including investments in local startups through the 7Cs program, the conclusion of the Technical Talent Development Program, and the successful attraction of Chinese plastics company Kingfa to Southeast Michigan.
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 Automation Alley Staff | Automation Alley | 2/10/2016
Today we are excited to release our Annual Report to share with you our 2015 accomplishments and growth as an organization in the areas of international business, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and advanced manufacturing. 
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 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 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.

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