Walsh Student Collects 700 Books for Detroit School

TROY, Mich., May 20, 2019 — Walsh student Marissa Campo has been named a Literacy Heroine by the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) Detroit Chapter for launching a book drive that collected more than 700 books for Westside Christian Academy in Detroit. Recognition is given to AWC members who have contributed to the success of the chapter’s Driving Literacy in the D initiative. Awards will be presented at an AWC networking celebration in June.

Campo launched the book drive at Walsh during National Reading Month in March and was overwhelmed by the response from Walsh students and staff and employees from area businesses including Alps Electric, Inc., Level One Bank and Materialise.

“Driving Literacy in the D was a great way for Walsh students to get involved with and give back to our community,” said Campo. “I hope our donation inspires students to foster a love of reading and dream big dreams for their future.”

“Marissa’s enthusiasm for this project was contagious and it was evident very early that she was going to exceed her original goal,” said Julie Battani, Student Life Coordinator at Walsh. “It was fulfilling to deliver the books to Westside Christian Academy and see Marissa interact with students who will benefit from her partnership with AWC’s Driving Literacy in the D.”

Campo is pursuing a bachelor of business administration in marketing, works as an intern in Walsh’s marketing department and serves as president of the Walsh Marketing Association student organization.

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).

It’s spring — and time to talk policy

May 12, 2019

Crain’s Detroit Business

KC Crain

The weather doesn’t feel like it, but it is definitely spring. And spring in Detroit means it’s time to head up to Mackinac Island for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference.

Last week, Detroit Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah and conference Chair and Consumers Energy CEO Patti Poppe stopped by our office to fill us in on the latest agenda.

You can tell Patti is absolutely interested in covering Detroit issues but really sees this as an opportunity to bring the entire state together.

She is quick to point out that education is not just a Detroit problem but a real statewide concern. This year, for the first time, an entire afternoon at the conference will be dedicated to education.

Grand Rapids Chamber discusses upcoming Mackinac Policy Conference

May 10, 2019

WZZM-TV

Nina DeSarro

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce welcomed several state leaders to discuss the upcoming Mackinac Policy Conference.

This year’s conference centers around education, economic development.. and sustainability. The event runs for four days, from May 28-31 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

“This is a statewide conference very much by design where we are focused on statewide issues and bring in national speakers to input into what’s happening here in Michigan, so it is a thorough leadership conference and we could not do it without our friends and leaders here in west Michigan,” Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sandy Baruah said.

Stacey Abrams, the former gubernatorial candidate from Georgia, will be there along with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Dan DeVos, John Kasich and Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

View the full article here

Business leaders prepare for Mackinac conference

May 10, 2019

WoodTV.com

Rick Albin

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference will be held three weeks from now.

On Friday, leaders from both the Detroit and Grand Rapids Chambers of Commerce, as well as the West Michigan Policy Forum, talked to reporters about this year’s agenda.

About 1,700 attendees will talk about challenges and problems facing the state. They will also discuss successes and how to capitalize on progress made when it comes to the economy and employment in Michigan.

Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy CEO and chairwoman of the conference this year, says that education will be one focus, noting business leaders worry about the lack of performance of Michigan schools.

“The conference is perfectly timed and perfectly positioned opportunity for people to sit down at the table together and really talk about what is the best outcome for Michigan and stay in that space,” Poppe said.

Another important pillar for the conference will be encouraging lawmakers and other elected officials to work together as one Michigan.

“What we want this conference to be is a convening of those policymakers, creating the space where we remember that we’re one team here, we are not fighting each other. Our victories come together. Our losses come together,” Poppe said.

The conference will be held the last week of May on Mackinac Island.

Reforming auto no-fault is also expected to be discussed, which is another priority for many of the business leaders who will be in attendance.

View the full article here

What Are Some Solutions to Our Student Debt Crisis?

May 6, 2019

WDET – Detroit Today 

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How do we deal with the $1.5 trillion Americans owe for their educations?

On Detroit Today, Stephen Henderson speaks with three people who think quite a bit about these questions.

Adam Harris is a staff writer at The Atlantic covering education. He has been covering Sen. Warren’s student debt forgiveness proposal.

Neal P. McCluskey is the director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute. He talks about why he thinks Sen. Warren’s plan is misguided.

Sandy Baruah is president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, which is leading a debt forgiveness program for students who return to school. Three local institutions of higher education are participating: Wayne State University, Oakland University, and Henry Ford College.

Listen to the conversation here

11TH ANNUAL THE GARDEN PARTY SUPPORTS PROFESSIONAL TRADE SCHOLARSHIPS

Fantastic food, fabulous cars and fine wine will be served up at the eleventh annual Garden Party, a fundraising event to provide professional trade scholarships to disadvantaged young adults. The event will be held on Sunday, June 9, 2019, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on the beautiful grounds of Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Michigan.

The Garden Party will feature fare from 30 of Michigan’s best restaurants including Big Rock Chophouse, Detroit Athletic Club, Grey Ghost, Roberts Restaurant Group, among others. New additions to this year’s event include Antihero, Hazel, Ravines & Downtown, Lady of the House, and Shewolf, to name a few. The exquisite cuisine offered during the affair will be paired with 100 of the finest wines provided by Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, classic car display and live entertainment by Detroit’s own award-winning vocalist, Tosha Owens.

“The Garden Party is pleasant, if not pleasing. It is one of the few charities that our industry, Hospitality, embraces…” said Sydney L. Ross, co-founder of The Garden Party Foundation and co-owner of Great Lakes Wine and Spirits, based in Highland Park. “We are giving the children and later young adults the opportunity to learn skills that WILL allow them to be self-sufficient and prosper – vocational training.”

Tickets for The Garden Party are $150 per person. Attire is traditional Garden Party chic. The hosts request that ladies wear hats. Guests must be 18 to attend. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.thegardenpartymichigan.org.

2019 Sponsors include: Atlas Oil Company (along with Atlas Cares and Sam & Nada Simon Foundation), Barton Malow Company, Celani Family Vineyards, Charity Motors, Crain’s Detroit Business, Dickinson Wright PLLC, dbusiness, HOUR Detroit, Huntington Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Kelly Services, MP Tool & Engineering, News/Talk 760 WJR, Peter Basso Associates, Plum Market, Ryder, The Suburban Collection, The Tyranski & Totonchio Group – Merrill Lynch, TMP Architecture, and UHY Advisors, Inc.

Along with The Garden Party Southeast Michigan, the fourth annual Garden Party Northern Michigan will be held on September 7, 2019 from 3PM – 6PM in The Harris Gardens on North Central Michigan College’s campus in Petoskey, MI.

About Oakland Community College Professional and Skilled Trades
Oakland Community College’s mission is built on meeting community need. Essentially, what talent does Southeast Michigan need to maintain a strong economy and a great quality of life? How do we meet that need with today’s students? At OCC, this translates into the rebirth of professional and skilled trades. According to the state’s employment website, Talent Connect, there are more than 8,300 professional trades job openings across all industries in Michigan, and more than 6,200 expected to be available each year through 2022.
Today, careers in the professional trades offer high demand, highly skilled, well-paying jobs. OCC’s commitment to filling this talent gap means working with businesses, agencies and our expert faculty to meet the need for skilled, career-ready employees in Advanced Automobile Servicing, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, EMS, Fire Fighter Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Robotics and Welding,

About The Garden Party Foundation
The Garden Party Foundation was founded by The Ross Family and The Cooper Family. The purpose of The Garden Party is to create a pleasant Sunday afternoon that is pleasing to the eye, the palate, and for its charitable aspect – pleasing to the soul. The Garden Party Foundation’s mission is to provide trade school scholarships to underprivileged young adults. TGPF believes that the purpose of education is to teach students skills allowing them the opportunity to create their own self-sustainable life, which goes hand in hand with TGPF’s intention…to help one student at a time reach their dreams.

Walsh Alumnus Wins Elijah Watt Sells Award

Award Recognizes Outstanding CPA Exam Performance

TROY, Mich., April 30, 2019 — Walsh alumnus Christopher D’Agostino has been awarded the Elijah Watt Sells Award by the American Institute of CPAs. The award recognizes 2018’s top 110 CPA exam performers out of approximately 86,000 test-takers. D’Agostino is one of only three CPA candidates in Michigan to earn the distinction.

The Elijah Watt Sells Award annually recognizes individuals who score a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the CPA exam and pass all four sections on the first attempt. It was founded in 1923 and is named for one of the first CPAs is the United States.

”To simply pass the CPA exam is a career milestone, but winning the Elijah Watt Sells Award is truly a remarkable accomplishment,” said John Black, CPA, CMA, CIA, Chair and Associate Professor of Accounting at Walsh. “We are proud to have had this bright young professional as a student at Walsh. We wish him the very best in his career and look forward to many successes in the future.”

D’Agostino earned his Bachelor of Accountancy from Walsh in 2017 and is currently employed at Rehmann. “I would not have been able to accomplish this feat without the education and tools I received at Walsh,” he said.

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 Launches Brand New Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programs

TROY, Mich., April 29, 2019 — Walsh is introducing two new degree programs for the fall 2019 semester, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Management (BSAM) and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL). The programs are a direct response to industry demands for a bachelor’s completion program for individuals with an associate of applied science degree and a master’s degree program focused solely on leadership.

The BSAM offers core business knowledge for people without a business background to advance their career or move into management. Applicants must hold an associate of applied science degree to enroll. The MSOL provides a deep exploration of leadership from a variety of perspectives and is expected to draw students from a wide range of professional backgrounds and industries. Both the BSAM and the MSOL can be completed entirely online or as a hybrid program blending online and on-ground instruction at Walsh’s Troy location.

“We worked closely with our industry advisors to develop the Bachelor of Science in Applied Management and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership,” said Michael Rinkus, executive vice president and chief academic officer at Walsh. “More than 85% of Walsh alumni are living and working in Michigan. These programs will help Walsh continue to contribute to economic growth and talent retention in southeast Michigan and beyond.”

For information 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).

Detroit Promise Path Boosts Full-Time Enrollment, Persistence, and Credit Accumulation by Detroit Community College Students

The first-year effects are among the largest seen in higher ed evaluation research
(Detroit, April 24, 2019) — A study conducted by MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research firm, shows that the Detroit Promise Path increases the likelihood that students will enroll full time, persist in school, attend summer sessions, and earn more credits. The Detroit Promise Path is a program put in place by the Detroit Regional Chamber in partnership with MDRC that adds evidence-based college support services to the promise scholarship model. The study was released at the Michigan College Promise Symposium, a gathering of business, education and government leaders.

The Detroit Promise Path provides students with campus coaches and financial stipends to help them both successfully enroll in college and persist beyond the first semester. Results from MDRC’s rigorous random assignment evaluation show that Detroit Promise Path has particularly strong effects in the first year. For example:

  • Student participants were 8.1 percentage points more likely to enroll in their second semester than students who received the scholarship but did not participate in the Path program (62.7% vs. 54.6%) — and 10.3 percentage points more likely to enroll full time (32.9% vs. 22.6%).
  •  Student participants were nearly three times more likely to enroll in the summer session their first year (20.5% vs. 7.0%). Research has shown that students who enroll in summer courses are more likely to persist and graduate.
  • Perhaps most notably, students were nearly twice as likely to complete 24 or more credits their first year (10.8% vs. 5.6%), an important marker of being on a successful path to completion.
  • Students reported positive experiences in the program, especially in their relationships with their coaches.

“The effects of the Detroit Promise Path on persistence and full-time enrollment in the second semester are among the largest we’ve seen in rigorous tests of higher education interventions,” said Alexander Mayer, deputy director of postsecondary education at MDRC, who presented the results at the Michigan College Promise Symposium. “It’s good news for the larger College Promise field, and we look forward to learning whether these results persist and eventually translate into higher graduation rates for Detroit Promise Path students overall.”

Although it is too early to reach a conclusion about the effects in the second year of the study, the early findings are encouraging. Based on data from the first group of enrollees in Detroit Promise Path, second-year findings are positive, but not all are statistically significant and the effect on credits earned is smaller.

“Providing Detroit high schools students access to college is one part of a solution to ensuring student success. It is equally important to understand and address the barriers students in order to help them persist in college,” said Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “The MDRC results on the program are promising, and we look forward to continuing to remove barriers to education for Detroiters.”

“We at the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation (MEEF) are thrilled at the results of the evaluation of the Detroit Promise Program. Our goal from the beginning is to ensure that every student has the opportunity for a postsecondary education and for the support needed for success. Working with our partner funders like the Kellogg Foundation and others, we’re pleased their investment has yielded this kind of success and that the program has quickly become a national model,” said Peter Remington, president of Michigan Education Excellence Foundation.

“We know that access to quality higher education is a critical pathway for economic mobility. The Detroit Promise Path program demonstrates that an evidence-based approach can lead to improved student outcomes, and open more opportunities for more Americans,” said Michele Jolin, CEO, and co-founder of Results for America, a national nonprofit that helps decision-makers at all levels of government harness the power of evidence and data to solve problems.

The study was unveiled and discussed during the National College Promise Symposium at the Detroit Regional Chamber in partnership with the College Promise Campaign, The Kresge Foundation and United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

“Michigan is a leader in college promise programs, and it again has provided valuable insights. Our national partners will be examining this research to better understand how we can all create more support that can bolster student persistence and completion. Closing the guidance gap is key to creating a college-going culture,” says Martha Kanter, executive director, College Promise Campaign. The nonprofit, nonpartisan campaign reports that supporters have started over 300 college promise programs in 44 states, with over 20 states having statewide promise programs.

“MDRC’s analysis of the Detroit Promise Path provides critical proof points demonstrating that well-targeted student supports alongside reduced financial barriers are at the heart of improving student outcomes,” said Bill Moses, managing director of The Kresge Foundation’s Education Program. “Student success is central to our mission at Kresge and we are proud to support research that illuminates effective methods of helping more students from low-income households and students of color succeed in college.”

“A postsecondary degree can be a game changer for young people and their families,” said Dr. Darienne Driver Hudson, president and CEO, United Way for Southeastern Michigan. “It is critical that our high-school-focused investments in College and Career Pathways serve as a bridge to postsecondary opportunities. As this report demonstrates, access to wraparound supports are integral to ensuring children are equipped to compete in today’s global economy.”

The new report, A Path from Access to Success: Interim Findings from the Detroit Promise Path Evaluation, is available on MDRC’s website. MDRC also released a report from its College Promise Success Initiative describing ways in which promise programs have designed and implemented similar student support components to boost student success. The report points to several tools on MDRC’s website that promise programs around the nation can use to improve their own offerings to students.

The Detroit Promise Path program and evaluation are primarily funded by the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation, with additional support from W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Ford Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, and The Kresge Foundation. The Detroit Promise Path evaluation is affiliated with MDRC’s College Promise Success Initiative, which is funded by Ascendium Education Group.

View or download the full study.

Contacts:
• John Hutchins, MDRC, 212-340-8604, john.hutchins@mdrc.org
• Kelly Weatherwax, Detroit Regional Chamber, 313-596-0360, kweatherwax@detroitchamber.com

Walsh Students Volunteer Time at Detroit Taxathon

TROY, Mich., April 12, 2019 — Walsh accounting and taxation students participated in this year’s Taxathon event on Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5, 2019 to provide free tax preparation services to Detroit residents eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

“The Taxathon is an excellent way for Walsh students to gain practical hands-on experience outside of a class setting while providing a valuable community service,” said Heather Rinkevich, Director of Academic Advising at Walsh. “The Taxathon is an important program and Walsh has been proud to participate for many years.”

In addition to the Taxathon event, the Walsh Accounting and Taxation Student Organization and graduate-level taxation students volunteer with the Accounting Aid Society annually to file taxes for local families and individuals for free. The Accounting Aid Society provides tax and financial services to underserved taxpayers in southeast Michigan.

For more information 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).