Walsh Launches Success Stories Radio Ad Campaign

TROY, Mich., March 13, 2019 — Walsh has partnered with the Detroit Radio Advertising Group to launch a storytelling campaign featuring narratives about notable alumni, leadership, and important figures in the school’s history, such as founder Mervyn Walsh. The campaign concept was developed and executed by The Yaffe Group of Southfield, MI.

“Walsh alumni represent some of the best and brightest in the world,” said Patti Swanson, Vice President, Chief Marketing and Enrollment Officer. “We are proud of their successes and thrilled to share their stories in a way that honors their accomplishments.”

The 15 and 30-second spots can be heard on several AM and FM stations throughout metro Detroit and Ann Arbor through the first week of April.

For information about Walsh programs, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh’s Online MBA Receives International Recognition

TROY, Mich., March 20, 2019 – Walsh’s online MBA program has been ranked a Tier One Global Online MBA by CEO Magazine. Data was collected from 144 schools across 25 countries, with Walsh ranking in the top 25 percent. Programs were ranked based on criteria including quality of faculty, international diversity, accreditation, faculty to student ratio, cost and professional development. Schools were ranked as Tier One or Tier Two based on their overall percentage score from these criteria. Walsh is one of only three schools in Michigan to earn the distinction.

The Walsh Online MBA is identical to the traditional Walsh MBA, delivered by academic faculty who bring authentic industry experience into small class settings, both on-ground and online. Multiple term start dates, year-round registration and no GMAT requirement allow students to start anytime and schedule their education at a pace that fits their lives.

Walsh was an early adopter of online education, offering its first online course in 1998.

This is not Walsh’s first recognition for excellence in online education. Other recent distinctions include one of the Best Online MBA Programs in the U.S., a Top Online MBA in Michigan, one of the Best Online Colleges in Michigan, one of the Best Online Programs for a Master’s in Network Security and one of the Best Online Master’s in Marketing.

The complete CEO Magazine 2019 Global MBA Rankings can be viewed at https://goo.gl/RTU9EG

For more information about Walsh degrees, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students

ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Offers Career Workshop for Displaced GM Employees

TROY, Mich., March 18, 2019 — Walsh will offer a resume and job search workshop for displaced GM employees on Thursday, March 28, 2019, from 5-6:30 p.m. in Room 112 of their main location at 3838 Livernois in Troy, MI.

Facilitated by Walsh Career Services, the workshop will include a presentation on resume writing and job search techniques, Q&A session and brief one-on-one resume reviews following the presentation. Advanced registration is required.

“As Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, Walsh is committed to retaining talent in Michigan’s workforce,” said Brenda Paine, Ph.D., CPRW, Director of Career Services at Walsh. “Our team of career advisors looks forward to providing this service at a time when so many talented Michigan workers need it.”

To register for Walsh’s Career Workshop for Displaced GM Employees, please visit www.walshcollege.edu/career-services-events.

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Stacey Abrams to speak at Mackinac Policy Conference

March 14, 2019

Crain’s Detroit Business

Anisa Jibrell

Political activist Stacey Abrams of Georgia is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech on the nation’s current political landscape at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference in May.

The annual Mackinac Policy Conference, which runs May 28-31 on Mackinac Island, includes a roster of influential names in local politics and community leadership. The event is platform to discuss topics such as mobility, economic development and education.

View the full article here

Walsh Students Conduct IRS Criminal Investigation Simulation

TROY, Mich., March 12, 2019 — Walsh students, professors and 10 Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) agents participated in the Adrian Project, an interactive program designed to introduce tax and accounting career paths in law enforcement, on Saturday, March 9, at Walsh’s Troy location at 3838 Livernois Rd.

Walsh graduate students, led by IRS special agents, pieced together a hypothetical financial crime while participating in several investigation simulations. Activities included assisting in a traffic stop by an (off-duty) Troy police officer, questioning a suspect, vehicle and trash evidence searches, undercover operations, presenting probable cause to a magistrate and the execution of a search warrant while dressed in IRS-CI vests.

“We want students to see if they can imagine themselves applying their accounting skills in a career outside of the cubicle,” said David Topolewski, IRS Special Agent and Public Information Officer who discovered his own career through the Adrian Project. “This is a gratifying career that ultimately helps protect the community.”

“The Adrian Project is an opportunity for Walsh to take learning outside of the classroom,” said Richard Davidson, Chair of Walsh’s Taxation and Business Law Department. “When we bring what we are teaching to life, it shows a whole new dimension to students. They are directly applying the knowledge and skills they have learned in the classrooms to these exercises.”

“I really enjoyed it. It was an eye-opening experience and I appreciated the agents introducing us to broader IRS job opportunities.” said Walsh Master of Taxation student Kabina Bhari, who acted as an undercover agent as part of the day’s activities.

The Adrian Project was developed at Adrian College in 2002 by a professor and an IRS agent.

For information about Walsh programs, visit https://www.walshcollege.edu/future-students

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Students Receive Financial Executives International Academic Award

TROY, Mich., Mar. 5, 2019 — Two Walsh students, Jacob Bommarito and Chad Detrich, have received the Financial Executives International (FEI) Academic Award from the FEI Detroit chapter. FEI is a professional organization for senior-level financial executives with more than 10,000 members and 65 chapters.

Each year, FEI’s Detroit chapter recognizes an outstanding undergraduate and graduate student in accounting or finance at colleges and universities in Southeastern Michigan. The award is based on academic achievement, service, and a commitment to a career in accounting or finance.

Bommarito studied at St. Clair Community College before transferring to Walsh to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Finance at Walsh while working as an asset liability management analyst. “Receiving this award is an honor I cannot fully take credit for,” said Bommarito. “I am thankful to my Walsh professors for their investment in my life and my parents for their undying support.”

Detrich worked in law enforcement before earning a Master of Science in Finance at Walsh. “I took a leap of faith enrolling at Walsh, leaving a job in law enforcement to pursue a career in corporate finance,” said Detrich. “Much of what I learned applies directly to my work and has impacted my professional life.” He is now employed as a finance associate in a Fortune 500 company.

To learn more about Walsh degree programs, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students.
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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Named Silver-Level Military Friendly® School

TROY, Mich., Feb. 5, 2019 – Walsh has been named a 2019-2020 Silver-level Military-Friendly® School by VIQTORY, a Pittsburgh-based, veteran-owned organization dedicated to connecting the military community to civilian opportunity. Of the more than 8,800 school evaluated nationwide, Walsh is one of 19 schools in Michigan to be named a Military-Friendly® School and only one of four schools in Michigan to earn the Silver distinction. Schools were assessed based on their ability to meet threshold for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence and loan default rates for all students and specifically veteran students.

“Veterans represent an important talent pool for our state,” said Dr. Michael Rinkus, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Walsh and U.S. Army veteran. “About 7.5 percent of Michigan adults are military veterans, according to the last U.S. Census. Our goal at Walsh is to provide personal, dedicated support to veterans so they have a clear pathway from education to successful careers.”

Walsh is committed to helping veterans transition from military service to a college degree to successful career. The college waives the application fee for veterans and offers personalized assistance to help with education benefits. Walsh has licensed professional counselors on staff to assist during the transition process as well as a student organization for veterans that is sponsored by veteran faculty.

“The hard work and sacrifice you put in for this country make you incredibly deserving of an education,” said Kyle Richardson, a 2017 Walsh accounting alumnus who served in the military. “Many veterans believe there is not enough time, they have to go back to work full-time after starting a life based on full-time military pay, or they do not know how to utilize their benefits. Walsh helps you with all these areas to ensure you are set up for success.”

While at Walsh, veterans have access to veteran-specific scholarships, extended payment due dates for GI Bill® users and personalized help with education benefits. Walsh’s Troy location also has a dedicated space for veterans.

Walsh was also awarded Gold-level status as a Veteran-Friendly School for the third consecutive year by the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency in December 2018 and was named a 2018 Top College for Military Personnel by Military Advanced Education, a journal of higher learning for service members.

To learn more about Walsh’s veteran services, visit www.walshcollege.edu/veterans

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

2019 Legislative Priorities Focus on Growing the Detroit Region

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Board of Directors recently adopted its legislative priorities for 2019. These 14 priorities, which are critical to economic development and growth of the region, include investing in infrastructure, support for a reliable regional transit system, maintaining a pro-growth tax structure, and creating pathways to postsecondary education and careers, among many other pro-business policy issues. This year’s priorities are aligned with the five pillars that guide the Chamber’s economic development strategy to position the region for global competitiveness.

 People:

  • Maintain a pro-growth tax structure that allows Michigan to compete globally for business and talent.
  • Encourage smart spending policies and long-term budgeting that prioritizes fiscal solvency.
  • Maintain a regulatory climate that is conducive to Michigan’s growing economy.
  • Support reforms for Michigan’s criminal justice system that reduce lengthy and costly sentences and provide age-appropriate rehabilitation.
  • Support policies that expand employment opportunities for chronically underemployed populations.

Community:

  • Increase dedicated infrastructure funding and lead efforts to prioritize regional transit options for the Detroit region.
  • Encourage regional policies that are consistent with state and federal law and balance local needs with economic growth.
  • Promote policies that increase access to health insurance while opposing policies that drive up costs for employers and individuals.

Talent:

  • Maintain rigorous K-12 standards that allow students to succeed in the global economy.
  • Create greater accountability for quality and siting in charter schools.
  • Increase postsecondary education attainment through policies such as increased dual enrollment and expanded, need-based financial aid.

Global Connectivity:

  • Create pathways to career opportunities in the automotive industry that develop high-skilled talent, including support for immigration reform and the attraction of international students.
  • Promote smart trade policy, including continued USMCA participation and resisting short-sighted trade restrictions or tariffs that inhibit growth.

Next-Generation Mobility:

  • Support policies that allow Michigan to continue to lead in research and development testing for next generation mobility solutions and other emerging industry sectors.

 

OCC board elects chair, officers at first meeting of 2019

John McCulloch of Royal Oak was re-elected chair of the Oakland Community College board of trustees by his fellow board members during the board’s first meeting of the new year. Re-elected to a two-year term as vice chair was Pamala Davis of Clawson, secretary Pamela Jackson of Commerce Township, and treasurer Susan Anderson of Royal Oak.

McCulloch, a trustee since 2014 and chair of the OCC board since 2017, is currently an executive consultant for APM Enterprises in Royal Oak, where he advises companies and municipalities regarding acquisitions, business development, organizational alignment and improvement, and fiduciary compliance. His previous public service includes 10 years on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, five of those years as board chair.

Davis, whom voters re-elected to a new six-year term in November 2018 and a retired a code enforcement officer for the city of Royal Oak and former adult-education teacher, has been a trustee since 1994 and is currently the longest-serving member of the board.

Jackson, newly elected by voters in 2016, is a retired OCC faculty member and consultant/owner of Fresh Perspectives specializing in construction, historic restoration, renovations and prison education.

Anderson was also re-elected to treasurer. A licensed CPA, she was elected to the board in 2016, and owns SE Anderson & Associates LLC.

Other board members continuing as trustees at large are:
• Kathleen Bertolini of Clarkston, an HR trainer with Oakland County and retired middle school teacher, who has been a trustee since 2016.
• Shirley Bryant of Farmington Hills, a retired executive director of community relations for the Birmingham Public Schools, who has been a trustee since 2008.
• Christine O’Sullivan of Madison Heights, a business manager with O’Sullivan Moving & Storage Company, who has been a trustee since 2012.

The seven members of the OCC board of trustees are elected on a nonpartisan, at-large basis by voters living within the college district, an area that generally coincides with the boundaries of Oakland County. Trustees serve as volunteers and are not paid for their services.

For additional information on the board visit, oaklandcc.edu/about/board-of-trustees.

About OCC
With five campuses in Oakland County, OCC is Michigan’s No. 1 transfer institution, offering nearly 100 degrees and certificates. The College empowers academic and developmental experiences, allowing students to reach their potential and enhance their communities. More than 1 million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. A seven-person Board of Trustees governs OCC. Board members are elected on a non-partisan, at-large basis, serve as volunteers and are not paid. Mission statement: OCC is committed to empowering our students to succeed and advancing our community. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.

OCC to Honor King’s Words, Deeds, at Jan. 18 Convocation; Public Invited

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream — but who was it for?

In a 2005 appearance on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” award-winning author Desiree Cooper urged listeners to set aside the totality of that seminal speech from 1963 and pay closer attention to the words.

“His exact wish was not for all children, but his four children,” Cooper said. “He wasn’t only speaking as a reverend or philosopher or civil rights leader. He was also speaking as a parent.”

Oakland Community College invites the public to join faculty, staff and students to listen to more of Cooper’s insights about King at a convocation commemorating his birthday. The event, sponsored by the college’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, takes places from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 18, in the Smith Theatre on OCC’s Orchard Ridge campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills.

A former attorney, editor of Metro Times and columnist of Detroit Free Press, Cooper is a 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow and a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist. In addition, her debut collection of “flash fiction,” Know the Mother, was a 2017 Michigan Notable Book that has won numerous awards, including a 2016 Foreword INDIES Finalist and a 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award. Cooper’s fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2018, Callaloo, Michigan Quarterly Review, Hypertext Review and Best African American Fiction 2010, among other online and print publications.

Oakland Early College’s School of Rock will perform, and students will offer reflections on how King’s legacy has affected their community and shaped their lives. Afterward, guests are welcome to attend a reception and book signing.

For more information and to register for the convocation, click here.

About OCC
With five campuses in Oakland County, OCC is Michigan’s No. 1 transfer institution, offering nearly 100 degrees and certificates. The College empowers academic and developmental experiences, allowing students to reach their potential and enhance their communities. More than 1 million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. A seven-person Board of Trustees governs OCC. Board members are elected on a non-partisan, at-large basis, serve as volunteers and are not paid. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.

About the OCC Committee for Diversity and Inclusion
OCC is fully committed to raising the awareness of our students, employees and community by offering opportunities to experience other cultures and explore the common elements we all share as human beings. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu/diversity.