Butzel Long attorney featured on November 16 edition of ‘Autoline This Week,’ a PBS national program; Jennifer Dukarski discusses ‘Data: The Unknown Commodity from Your Car’

Butzel Long attorney Jennifer Dukarski was a featured guest on the November 16 edition of PBS’ “Autoline This Week,” with host John McElroy. Dukarski participated in a panel discussion along with Michael Perugi, Acxiom and Sam Abuelsamid, Navigant Research. The topic for the show — “Data: The Unknown Commodity from Your Car.”

Dukarski focuses her practice at the intersection of technology and communications with an emphasis on emerging and disruptive issues:
digital media, cybersecurity, infotainment, vehicle safety and connected and autonomous cars.

In her practice, she has negotiated contracts for autonomous vehicle components, reviewed contracts involving wireless updates to in-vehicle technology, assisted companies in achieving successful Petitions for Inconsequential Noncompliance with NHTSA and has addressed multiple vehicle component recalls. Dukarski has become a national leader in legal issues facing emerging automotive technology and is the leader of Butzel Long’s connected car working group. She also has spearheaded the reporting efforts for two national data breaches and focuses on the threat vectors facing automotive component design.

A self-titled “recovering engineer,” Dukarski serves as Counsel to the OESA’s Product Development Council and has spoken on First Amendment issues ranging from newsgathering in the digital age to the impact of the FBI iPhone strategy. She has been a panelist at the North American International Auto Show for the last two years, covering a broad variety of legal concerns focused on the autonomous and connected car. She has appeared on several television programs, including Autoline and AutoBeat, and in many print interviews (including CIO Magazine, PC World, Bridge Magazine, Computer World and Automotive News) discussing automotive technology and its related legal issues.

Prior to joining Butzel, she gained automotive manufacturing and design experience as a result of high-level quality management and engineering positions. She has worked extensively on successful automotive product launches, managing vendors and Tier One manufacturing facilities. A Six Sigma Master Black Belt, she applies her experience to create innovative approaches to the protection of IP assets and disruptive technology.

Dukarski has experience with field recalls and was a representative to the University of Michigan’s CIREN (Crash Injury Research & Engineering Network) and UMPIRE (University of Michigan Program for Injury Research and Education). Working as a design engineer, she received multiple Record of Invention Awards for contributions to patents and trade secrets.
Last year, she was named a “2016 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She also is among Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” and DBusiness “Top Lawyers.” She is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She serves as a Working Group member with IEEE PAR 1912 (Privacy and Security Architecture for Consumer Wireless Devices) which is focused on setting standards for privacy and security protocols. She also coaches and mentors’ women engineers.

At the same time, she is the liaison to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Young Lawyers Committee on the Forum on Communications Law Governing Committee. Moreover, Dukarski is an adjunct professor in the Paralegal Program, Intellectual Property, at Baker College.

She is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2010). She’s also a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy College of Engineering and Science, (B.S., Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, 1996).


About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing and Shanghai. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

American Society of Employers (ASE) Holds Inaugural AA/EEO Diversity Conference – High Level Speakers Present – Harassment a Key Topic

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, held its inaugural the AA/EEO & Diversity Conference.

Just over 100 HR professionals attended the conference on November 15th. Victoria Lipnic, Acting Chair, U.S. Employment Opportunity Commission, opened the conference. Commissioner Lipnic discussed the 2017 EEOC Performance Report, the efficiencies of the agency’s new online intake system, and the dramatic reduction of the backlog of cases. Acting Chair Lipnic also stated that sexual harassment charges are growing fast and they’ve seen a significant uptick in the amount of web page visits to guidelines surrounding harassment. Later in the day, Gail Cober, Director of Detroit’s EEOC Field Office, presented on Retaliation in the Workplace. She stated that retaliation is the most frequently alleged basis of discrimination and has doubled since 1998.

Other key speakers included Anne-Marie Vercruysse Welch, Member, Clark Hill, who covered how harassment has been a hot issue in the workplace and how to combat it; Candee Chambers, Executive Director at DirectEmployers, who gave an OFCCP update and discussed how the current leadership vacuum is allowing OFCCP to continue to pursue cases as it had under the Obama administration; Susan DeClercq, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Michelle P. Crockett, Principal and Director of Professional Development, Miller Canfield, discussed topics related to the Department of Justice including USERRA, immigration, ADA, and Title Vll; Annette Tyman, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, covered the quickly changing landscape of pay disparity laws followed by Patrick Nooren, Executive Vice President, Biddle Consulting Group, provided methodology to identify pay disparity; Bill Osterndorf, President of HR Analytics, covered local and state affirmative action requirements; David Goldstein, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, discussed how much has and hasn’t changed since the OFCCP implemented the Internet Applicant Rule in 2006; Tiffany Buckley-Norwood, Principal, Jackson Lewis, spoke on the issues arising from the intersection of the ADA, Workers Compensation, and FMLA; and Haven Cockerham, President, Cockerham and Associates, focused on diversity and inclusion framework that participants can implement at their employers.

The day ended with John Fox, Partner at Fox, Wang & Morgan, P.C., who presented leading edge thinking around OFCCP’s current approach to statistical analysis and provided pointers on how to be proactive in compliance.

“ASE was very pleased with the turnout for this new event. The caliber of speakers sets this conference apart from many others. Attendees were very engaged and left with the most up to date federal and state compliance updates,” stated Mary E. Corrado, ASE President and CEO.

For information on future ASE events, please visit www.aseonline.org.


About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

Connecting Leading Tech and Mobility Companies with Michigan’s Automotive Industry

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For the past 18 months, the Detroit Regional Chamber has been building a relationship with the Smart Mobility eco-system in the Netherlands. The connection began as a result of outreach from Louis Piet, Consul General to the Kingdom in the Netherlands in Chicago. As our communities exchanged information about our mutual focuses and activities in next-generation mobility, it quickly became apparent that our ecosystems could benefit from further exchange of ideas and collaboration.

This initial conversation led to numerous other Dutch partners joining the discussion, including: Automotive NL, the Brainport Region, Eindhoven University of Technology and Connekt.  As a result of this outreach, the Destination Detroit team hosted a Dutch Smart Mobility Delegation consisting of 25 mobility experts on November 1st and 2nd. Companies included NXP, AON, TNO, ARS T&TT, DITCM, Greenlots, Goudappel, OC Mobility, Q-Park, Technolution and V-Tron.

The information contained below is a summary of the delegation, their visit and information exchanged. We will continue to document our region’s growing partnership with the Netherlands.

The Dutch Mobility EcosystemTake a look at what the Kingdom of the Netherlands are doing in the Smart Mobility Ecosystem.

Company SpotlightThe Showcase also featured five Dutch companies who provided insight into their technology and capabilities.

V-tron B.V.

V-Tron BV is and innovative company that develops tailor-made solutions based on telemetric techniques. With its telemetry V-tron BV provides information about the object and offers a clear view about the status of different parameters.

NXP Semiconductors Netherlands B.V.

NXP Semiconductors enables secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the secure connected vehicle, end-to-end security and privacy and smart connected solutions.

Aon Risk Solutions Netherlands

Aon Risk Solutions is a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk with a strong focus on the risk profile of autonomous vehicles. This transition will be affected by many variables such as, regulatory challenges, cyber security, safety, vehicle ownership preferences and the technology itself. The potential positive impact of this technology could be huge in reducing the number of road accidents.

Q-Park N.V.

Q-Park is one of Europe’s leading parking providers, with more than 870,000 parking spaces in over 6,300 secure, clean, and well managed facilities across ten countries. Q-Park is recognized across ten Northwest European countries as a provider of quality parking facilities.

Goudappel Groep

Goudappel stands for 50 years of mobility engineering in a country where mobility really matters: the Netherlands. Together we are 250 urban planners, traffic engineers, researchers, psychologists, process managers  and IT-professionals specialized in just one thing: mobility, in its full dept and diversity. We believe mobility to be a key driver for liveability and economic vitality.

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How the Sharing Economy Will Impact Car Ownership in the Immediate Future

By Tarun Kajeepeta
Founder, Condor Detroit

This post is part of the MICHauto Summit series, a collection of articles aimed to shed light on the evolving culture and careers in the automotive and mobility industries. This post is the view of the writer and does not reflect the views of MICHauto or the Detroit Regional Chamber. Learn more and register for the Summit today.

The sharing economy is one of the strongest driving forces in shaping the future mobility landscape.  The tremendous growth of peer-to-peer ride sharing has resulted in services such as Lyft and Uber becoming nearly ubiquitous in the day-to-day lives of young professionals within a matter of years. However, many industry analysts and experts agree that the number of personal cars per household is unlikely to decline until 2025 at the earliest. What does this mean in the immediate term?

In early 2017, the Condor Detroit team conducted a brief survey to understand consumer perceptions and behaviors when “getting” a car (we intentionally defined this loosely to encompass purchasing, leasing and other arrangements). The team found that nearly all (97 percent) respondents identified two aspects of car buying to be the most important:

  • Getting a great deal and/or price and
  • Simple, transparent purchasing process

Conversely, vehicle-specific attributes such as make and model were important to only 78 percent of respondents.


The sharing economy is one part of the evolving automotive and mobility industry culture. Learn more about the culture and careers at the 2017 MICHauto Summit.


These findings are not entirely surprising. We know lease volumes have nearly doubled over the last decade and account for one-third of all new vehicle sales. However, while leasing is a step in the right direction to addressing consumer priorities, it has some core limitations and pain points for consumers. Namely, leases are highly inflexible, with minimum terms of 24 months and most being 36 to 39 months. In addition, leases are difficult to transfer, force customers to pay a new car premium and require in-person retail shopping (a broader car ownership problem for another time).

This leads us to the new frontier of personal car use: subscription-based vehicle services.

Here is how it works: a central entity owns and maintains a fleet of vehicles which individuals subscribe to and have regular access to as a personal vehicle. Flexibility is maximized, as consumers can cancel any time. And prices are transparent and consistent across the board based on the package selected.

The concept may appear foreign to some, but it is already becoming prevalent in the industry. General Motors, Ford and Porsche have all launched vehicle subscription services in select U.S. markets. Cox Automotive has piloted multiple car subscription solutions across several cities. Additionally, several startups have brought their own twist to the model and attempted to take a share of the growing market.

The winners and losers in this space will be defined by their ability to achieve affordability, reliability and convenience, which appear to matter most universally to consumers. Furthermore, those who are able to best leverage vehicle connectivity and digital technology to optimize the user experience will set themselves apart from the pack. It will be interesting to see whether subscription service models serve as an entry point for digital disruptors to gain share in a space that has been dominated by established players or if the behemoths of the industry will be agile enough to adapt to shifting consumer preferences in a timely fashion.

While the exact answers remain elusive at the moment, it is clear that subscription service models will present a formidable challenge to the traditional car ownership dynamic in the US and many other global markets.

Tarun Kajeepeta is the founder of Condor Detroit, a month-to-month car subscription service.

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PlanetM Landing Zone Offers Innovation Opportunity for Detroit Region as Automotive and Technology Converge

A month after its launch, the PlanetM Landing Zone, together with the Detroit Regional Chamber and Michigan Economic Development Corp., recently convened more than 40 representatives from regional OEMs, technology startups, automotive suppliers and venture capital firms to connect and share ideas during an inaugural Mobility Meetup. The aim of these bimonthly meetups is to create a platform for key players in the automotive and mobility industry to collaborate with the startup ecosystem and are a key component of securing the region’s future as the center of connected and autonomous vehicle development.

Through this platform, the Chamber is helping to position the Detroit region as a welcoming place for startups, a key focus of the Chamber’s Forward Detroit strategy.

“Michigan is already known as the global epicenter of all things automotive. Moving forward, we have to ensure we are also the focal point of next-generation mobility,” said Katelyn Davis, director of MICHauto. “The new companies and technologies being developed in the state need an ecosystem to grow and we believe these kinds of events contribute to establishing that.”

During the event, Jessica Robinson, director of Ford Motor Co.’s City Solutions team, provided remarks on Ford’s vision for mobility in the region and why the PlanetM Landing Zone is critical to Detroit’s leadership in the race for next-generation mobility development.

“People may ask Ford, ‘Why are you down here in Detroit?’” said Robinson. “We have to be where our customers are and we need to work with startups. This space in WeWork has allowed us to do that.”

Robinson said the opportunity for startups to receive help from established global companies like Ford is invaluable to their progression. Robinson said she looks forward to collaborating on important projects for the automaker as it focuses on urban mobility solutions.

Representatives from Accenture, AECOM, Phoenix Contact, Techstars Mobility, and Fontinalis Partners were also in attendance.

Dutch Mobility, Innovation and Technology on Full Display at Tech Showcase

This month, the Detroit Regional Chamber collaborated with the Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Chicago to host a Dutch Mobility Delegation in Detroit. The group consisted of 25 representatives from leading Dutch companies, government agencies and knowledge institutions.

The Chamber helped connect the delegation with regional community and university leaders, as well as global automakers and suppliers, including Ford Motor Co., Magna International and Maven. As part of the visit, the Chamber also launched a new, quarterly event series called “Mobility Technology Showcase,” in which representatives from the world’s most advanced mobility countries and regions will come to Detroit to share their expertise, exchange ideas and build partnerships aimed at driving forward next-generation mobility.

“The Tech Showcase in Detroit was a warm welcome for the Dutch delegation. The audience appreciated the close coordination on smart mobility between companies, researchers and government representatives in Team Holland,” said General Consul of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Louis Piët.

Led by Destination Detroit, the Chamber’s business attraction initiative, the Showcase aims to strengthens the region’s status as a mobility and technology hub for companies looking to do business in the U.S. market. Destination Detroit’s work to increase foreign direct investment in the region is a key focus of the Forward Detroit economic strategy.

During the Showcase, the Detroit ecosystem heard from Dutch delegation leader Daan de Cloe, director of TNO Mobility & Logistics, who shared how the Netherlands is leading in connected and autonomous technology. The Showcase also featured five Dutch companies that provided insights into their technology and capabilities.

All five presentations featured cutting-edge global technology such as cooperative driving projects, smart mobility initiatives and telemetric innovations. Following the presentations, MICHauto Executive Director Glenn Stevens moderated a panel discussion with the five Dutch delegates to dig deeper into the companies’ mobility environment and advantages, as well as the challenges Dutch companies face.

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Mercy Health will join together to form one Michigan-wide health system

The Trinity Health-owned health systems of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) in southeast Michigan and Mercy Health in west Michigan today announced they will combine their two systems into one statewide system to create a strong, people-centered care delivery network across Michigan. Rob Casalou, regional president and CEO of SJMHS, will be the president and CEO of the combined Michigan system, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Roger Spoelman, president and CEO of Mercy Health, will serve as senior vice president of strategic and operational integration for Trinity Health, located in Livonia, MI. In this national role, Spoelman will work closely with Mike Slubowski, president and COO of Trinity Health, and Ben Carter, executive vice president and CFO of Trinity Health, and the integration teams, to lead selected efforts within Trinity Health to support accelerated development and effective integration efforts.

“Our new statewide system will enable our ministries to integrate our leadership in clinical and business operations throughout Michigan. For the communities we serve, this means it will enhance our clinicians’ ability to share resources and ideas that people need in their care journeys,” Slubowski said. “Roger and Rob have been superb leaders in their regions, and we look forward to their roles in the new structure.”

The new health system in Michigan will include 10 hospitals with a total of 2,357 licensed beds, nine outpatient health centers, 12 urgent care facilities and more than 35 specialty centers. It will employ more than 22,500 colleagues and have a medical staff of nearly 4,000 physicians.

The new statewide structure is part of Trinity Health’s national strategy to integrate teams and resources to serve communities better. Trinity Health recently combined five hospitals and other facilities in Connecticut and Massachusetts to form Trinity Health Of New England.

Trinity Health’s strategy in Michigan has intensified in recent years, including shared partnerships and new affiliations with Michigan Medicine and Together Health Network. This statewide focus will enable the regional health systems to combine their strong care delivery networks while establishing a highly visible and recognizable brand within the communities they serve – going to market as one, unified system for people-centered care. More information on the leadership, structure and governance of the new statewide health system will be shared as it becomes available.

Spoelman joined Trinity Health in 1981 and has been president and CEO of Trinity Health West Michigan for seven years. The region includes five hospital campuses, more than 60 physician offices, more than 1,300 medical staff physicians, more than 800 hospital beds and 7,200 colleagues. He also was interim CEO of Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio from 2015-2016.

Casalou joined Trinity Health in 2008 as president and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston. In 2015, he was named regional president and CEO of SJMHS, which is comprised of five hospitals, six cancer centers, five ambulatory care centers, more than 2,700 physicians and 15,300 employees.

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving seven counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, and Lenawee. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, and 133-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. Combined, the five hospitals are licensed for 1,553 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 15,300 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. SJMHS has annual operating revenues of about $2 billion and returns about $120 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs. For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.stjoeshealth.org.

About Mercy Health

Mercy Health is a regional, multi-campus, Catholic health care system serving West Michigan and the lakeshore with five hospital campuses, more than 60 physician offices, more than 1,300 medical staff physicians, more than 800 hospital beds and 7,200 colleagues, and hospice, home health and long-term care service offerings. Mercy Health Physician Partners, our multi-specialty physician network, employs more than 500 physicians and advanced practice professionals in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland and the lakeshore. Mercy Health has annual operating revenues of about $1.4 billion and returns about $80 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs. Mercy Health, part of Trinity Health – the nation’s second-largest Catholic Health System – is committed to being a trusted health partner for life, transforming the communities we serve, by providing high-quality care that is the most accessible, compassionate and personalized in West Michigan. Visit us at MercyHealth.com.

SJMHS and Mercy Health are members member of Trinity Health, a leading Catholic health care system based in Livonia, Mich. Trinity Health operates in 22 states, employs about 131,000 colleagues, has annual operating revenues of $17.6 billion and assets of about $24.7 billion. Additionally, the organization returns almost $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.

Nemeth Law included on U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2018 list of “Best Law Firms”

Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., has again been recognized as a tier-one law firm by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in its 2018 list of “Best Law Firms.”

Nemeth Law is ranked Tier 1 in the metropolitan rankings in the category of employment law – management and labor law management. The metropolitan rankings encompass 185 major U.S. markets.

The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by the law firms themselves. Clients were asked to provide feedback on firm practice groups, addressing expertise, responsiveness, understanding of business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to the firm. Lawyers voted on expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, whether they would refer a matter to a firm, and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor.

To be eligible for consideration in “Best Law Firms,” a firm must have at least one attorney listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top four percent of practicing attorneys in the US. In August, Patricia Nemeth, founder of Nemeth Law, P.C., was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018. Nemeth was recognized in the practice areas of Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; and Litigation- Labor and Employment. It was Nemeth’s sixth year on the Best Lawyers’ list. She founded Nemeth Law as a solo practitioner in 1992. The firm is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

The 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings are available at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/. More information on the 2018 “Best Law Firms” methodology is available here.


About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Celebrating 25 years in 2017, Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

OCC Sweeps American Culinary Federation’s Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Awards -Alumni Wins Chef of the Year for Fourth Year in a Row!

In a region known for its foodies and talent, winning is important to Oakland Community College (OCC) Culinary Studies Institute (CSI) alumni. Great chefs know winning takes passion, stamina, creativity, attention to detail and remarkable training as the key ingredients – and the competition is as stiff as a good meringue on a holiday pie.

For the fourth year in a row, a graduate of OCC’s award-winning culinary program picked up the Chef of the Year award while the Pastry Chef of the Year and Chef Educator of the Year also went to OCC graduates in this year’s annual American Culinary Federation (ACF) Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Awards.

The Chef of the Year award winner is Chef Rob Coran, Executive Sous Chef at Walnut Creek Country Club and a 2014 OCC Culinary Studies Institute graduate. Coran joins a select group of nine alumni ACF Chef of the Year winners.

“Rob was a very talented student and a team leader for the OCC culinary team who won a silver medal during that time,” shared his former OCC instructor Chef Kevin Enright CEC/CCE/AAC. “He has worked hard on becoming a truly talented chef.”

Chef Mark Slessor won Pastry Chef of the Year. Slessor is the Pastry Chef at the Park Hotel in Rochester and graduated from the OCC CSI program in 2006. This is the third time OCC alumni have won this honor in the past four years.

Chef Educator of the Year went to Chef Terri Briggs, a faculty member at Washtenaw Community College and a 1997 graduate of OCC. Rounding out the sweep was Andrew Dos Santos, who picked up the Student Chef of the Year award. Dos Santos, 20 and a Farmington Hills resident, works at Walnut Creek Country Club in South Lyon. He will graduate from the CSI program in 2018.

Competitions for the awards took place in August and September, and the awards announced this fall. Chefs, nominated by their peers, had to meet rigorous standards established by the ACF then competed in a hot food competition. They were evaluated and scored by certified ACF judges on their performance.

The winners will go on to compete at the ACF Regional Convention February 16-18, 2018, in Madison, WI, where they will compete in another hot food competition against chefs from the Midwest. Winners of the regional competition move on to the national competition next July in New Orleans.

“OCC’s Culinary Studies Institute has a long history of graduating outstanding chefs,” said Susan Baier, OCC faculty, past program coordinator, and herself a 2014 winner of the Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Educator of the Year award. “We are proud of their many accomplishments and delighted that they, and our program, are consistently recognized by the state and national organizations like MCCA and ACF.”


About OCC
With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields as well as university transfer degrees in business, science and liberal arts. The College provides academic and developmental experiences allowing each student to reach their full potential and enhance the communities they serve. More than 45,000 students annually attend OCC; more than a million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.

The Culinary Studies Institute has been preparing aspiring chefs for a career in the food and beverage industry for decades. For more on the OCC Culinary Studies Institute, visit https://oaklandcc.edu/culinary/default.aspx . The program is housed on the Orchard Ridge Campus.

About Michigan Chefs de Cuisine (MCCA)
The MCCA, an American Culinary Federation chapter organization, was founded in 1970 by Master Chef Milos Cihelka, whose vision it was to create one of the most prestigious chef’s associations in the nation. The Chapter consists of about 350 members. The goals of the MCCA are to further culinary education and professional growth, provide networking opportunities, and support charitable organizations. For more information, visit http://www.mccachef.org.

Oakland Early College Hosts the Galileo – Saudi Arabia Leadership Project

Saudi Arabian counselors, principals and supervisors spent a full day immersed in Oakland Early College’s (OEC) educational processes as part of the Galileo-Saudi Arabia Leadership Project at Oakland University. It is just one of the stops on their research and educational journey to rebuild Saudi Arabia’s educational system.

A recognized leader for its partnership between higher education and high school, OEC staff and leadership showcased their non-traditional, hybrid model where students graduate with a dual high school diploma and Associates degree.

The November 1 visit included staff and student presentations, tours of campus and a lunch panel featuring OEC staff and students. The visiting group was eager to know more about the accreditation process, the benefits of a high school on a college campus and why students decided on OEC.

“I moved to the US from Saudi my senior year of high school. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I don’t know what I want to be in 10 years. I don’t even know what I’m going to eat for lunch today. I chose OEC because it gave me an opportunity to first have more time to get involved in the American system unlike a normal high school and be able to explore more creative programs like communications,” said student, Rahaf Azzam.

When asked about student support, OEC instructor Kyle Heffelbower shared, “The OCC campus is actually really good with their academic supports for early college students. They have high school tutors through National Honor Society and the College provides tutoring resources. The academic skills center can help a lot of students with math and writing webinars. These are all good things that the College provides for college-level classes that our students can access because they are, in fact, college students.”

OEC Head of School Jennifer Newman shared, “If I can leave you with one thought concerning early colleges, it is this: Slowly easing your high school students into the world of college, by gradually increasing their college workload over their high school career, will make them stronger students and much more likely to be successful when they enter the university world.”

Hosted through Oakland University’s Galileo Institute for Teacher Leadership, the Saudi group will spend the next six months living and learning in Oakland County as part of the international program. The program is dedicated to improving the learning of all students, elevating the education profession, enhancing the leadership skills of teachers, and fulfilling the vital role of public education in achieving a civil, prosperous and democratic society.


About OCC
With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields as well as university transfer degrees in business, science and liberal arts. The College provides academic and developmental experiences allowing each student to reach their full potential and enhance the communities they serve. More than 45,000 students annually attend OCC; more than a million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.