American Society of Employers to offer HR and leadership-focused classes in two new locations: Mount Clemens and Lansing

Media Contact: Heather Nezich, Communications Manager, ASE, 248.223.8040, hnezich@aseonline.org

Livonia, Mich. —January 16, 2019 — ASE, a not-for-profit employer association that serves as a source for information and support on all matters affecting employment, recently announced that it would expand the instructor-led courses it offers into Mount Clemens and Lansing. “We are very excited to extend our reach to these areas in Michigan,” stated ASE President & CEO Mary E. Corrado. “As our membership grows, we continue to extend our services to meet their needs.”

In partnership with Macomb County Planning and Economic Development, ASE now offers classes in Mount Clemens for HR professionals and business leaders. “Macomb County offers many services to help businesses achieve success,” said John Paul Rea, Director of the Department of Planning & Economic Development. “This new partnership offers a great opportunity for HR professionals and others to enhance their skills at a training offered close to home.”

ASE has partnered with the Michigan Bankers Association to bring similar classes to the Lansing area. “We are excited to collaborate with the American Society of Employers to bring our members even more valuable training options,” stated Stephanie A. Fisher, Director of Education, Michigan Bankers Association.

As an introductory offer, ASE is offering member rates and an additional 10% discount now through March 15. To take advantage of this offer, enter discount code ‘TD10’ when registering. Interested individuals can register by email at asetraining@aseonline.org or by calling 248-223-8041. A full list of classes and events can be found on the ASE website at 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 for over 115 years. 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.

American Society of Employers to offer HR and leadership-focused classes in two new locations: Mount Clemens and Lansing

Media Contact: Heather Nezich, Communications Manager, ASE, 248.223.8040, hnezich@aseonline.org

Livonia, Mich. —January 16, 2019 — ASE, a not-for-profit employer association that serves as a source for information and support on all matters affecting employment, recently announced that it would expand the instructor-led courses it offers into Mount Clemens and Lansing. “We are very excited to extend our reach to these areas in Michigan,” stated ASE President & CEO Mary E. Corrado. “As our membership grows, we continue to extend our services to meet their needs.”

In partnership with Macomb County Planning and Economic Development, ASE now offers classes in Mount Clemens for HR professionals and business leaders. “Macomb County offers many services to help businesses achieve success,” said John Paul Rea, Director of the Department of Planning & Economic Development. “This new partnership offers a great opportunity for HR professionals and others to enhance their skills at a training offered close to home.”

ASE has partnered with the Michigan Bankers Association to bring similar classes to the Lansing area. “We are excited to collaborate with the American Society of Employers to bring our members even more valuable training options,” stated Stephanie A. Fisher, Director of Education, Michigan Bankers Association.

As an introductory offer, ASE is offering member rates and an additional 10% discount now through March 15. To take advantage of this offer, enter discount code ‘TD10’ when registering. Interested individuals can register by email at asetraining@aseonline.org or by calling 248-223-8041. A full list of classes and events can be found on the ASE website at 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 for over 115 years. 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.

Ralph C. Wilson Foundation Awards WIN $1.5 Million to Fund Apprentice Training Through Apprenti, Nation’s First Registered Tech Apprenticeship Program

Nationally Recognized Program Attracts, Trains, and Places Diverse Talent into Tech Roles

Today, the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) announced $1.5 million in funding from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation to cover training costs for the first 100 apprentices accepted into the Apprenti program over the next three years. The funding will cover the intensive, front-end training associated with Apprenti, the nation’s first registered tech apprenticeship program that recruits, trains, and places women, veterans, and people of color into tech roles.

“Information technology skills building is increasingly important to employers across industries in Michigan,” said Michele Economou Ureste, executive director at WIN. “Apprenti provides a proven and reliable pathway for traditionally underrepresented populations to gain training, certifications, and job placement. This aligns with WIN’s ongoing efforts to help employers with workforce development solutions to close skills gaps widely recognized across the region.”

Apprenti, which was started in Seattle by the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) in 2016, launched in Detroit late last year as part of its national expansion. Nationally, the program has received nearly 6,000 applications and placed over 200 apprentices into tech positions. Apprenti’s national employer partners include Amazon, Microsoft, Avvo, Comtech, F5 Networks, Accenture, and Silicon Mechanics, where apprentices earn an average salary of $51,000. The jobs include web developer, software developer, network security administrator, systems administrator, cloud support specialist, data center technician and IT support professional.

“Our country’s tech industry has two big problems: we don’t have enough talent to fill jobs, and there’s very little diversity. Through Apprenti, our goal is to solve both challenges,” said Jennifer Carlson, executive director of Apprenti. “Today’s funding announcement ensures that our apprentices in southeast Michigan get the training they need without having to pay a dime.”

There were over 87,000 IT job postings in Michigan in 2017, and finding qualified talent remains the top challenge facing the growing technology sector in the state. To address this workforce issue in southeast Michigan, WIN has become an affiliate partner with Apprenti to bring the nationally recognized platform, supported by the U.S. Department of Labor, to the state. Apprenti fills a critical role by closing the tech talent gap and providing opportunities for underrepresented groups to secure careers in tech.

According to WIN’s interactive, web-based Return on Investment (ROI) calculator, for every dollar invested in an information technology apprentice, employers receive on average $9.44 in return on investment for an apprentice. This translates into more than $40,000 saved in year one of the apprenticeship. In addition, the occupations developed for apprenticeship through the Apprenti program are in demand across all industries. In 2017, there were over 13,000 job postings for software developers in advanced manufacturing, with similar numbers in both the healthcare and financial industries in southeast Michigan. WIN is currently in discussions with employers from all three of those industries to make apprenticeships a part of their long-term talent strategies.

The partnership with Apprenti is part of WIN’s apprenticeship expansion strategy through the Advance Michigan Center for Apprenticeship Innovation (AMCAI). AMCAI is a $4 million American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) grant through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration with the goal of expanding registered apprenticeship opportunities through statewide innovation. AMCAI covers 30 counties in southeast Michigan and is comprised of seven community colleges in the region — Henry Ford College, Jackson College, Lansing Community College, Mid-Michigan Community College, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College, and St. Clair County Community College — along with many local and regional corporate and workforce and economic development partners, including the Michigan Works! Agencies.

WIN is also working with Ann Arbor SPARK and Michigan Works! Southeast to establish a pilot program in Washtenaw County. Employer partnerships are currently in development, and WIN hopes to start a cohort this summer.

For more information about Apprenti in Southeast Michigan – including how to apply – please visit ApprentiCareers.org or contact John Sullivan at john.sullivan@winintelligence.org or by calling (313) 580-6548.


ABOUT WORKFORCE INTELLIGENCE NETWORK FOR SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN (WIN)
The mission of the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) is to help cultivate a cohesive talent system by facilitating data-driven workforce solutions to ensure responsiveness to changing labor market demands. WIN is a partnership of 10 community colleges and 6 Michigan Works! Agencies in southeast Michigan. WIN’s mission is to cultivate a comprehensive and cohesive talent system to ensure employers find the workers they need for success. WIN specializes in fostering collaboration among talent partners, including workforce development, community colleges, four-year post-secondary institutions, K-12 schools, economic development organizations, government, community based organizations, employers, and others.

ABOUT APPRENTI
Apprenti is a registered apprenticeship program powered by the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA). Apprenti trains future tech workers with an emphasis on underrepresented groups including women, minorities and veterans. Apprenti is an industry recognized, state and federally accredited program. Apprentices receive two to five months of full-time, industry recognized training before beginning one-year of paid on-the-job training with one of the program’s hiring partners. The program is partially funded through a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) ApprenticeshipUSA contract and a grant from the American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI), with support from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), and JP Morgan Chase. For more information on how to apply, donate or become a hiring partner, please visit www.ApprentiCareers.org.

Magnet Consulting Introduces The Mettle Foundry Featuring The Forge

Professional, career development has taken on an exciting new twist at Magnet Consulting’s ‘The Mettle Foundry’, now open in Rochester Hills.

The Mettle Foundry is a professional development center built on the idea that true leadership is unfinished, rough, and beautifully flawed. The goal at TMF is to examine professional strengths and weaknesses in a fun, productive setting to refine and fortify authentic mettle as an individual or team.

The Mettle Foundry features ‘The Forge’, a problem solving room similar to the escape rooms that are growing in popularity across the country. Unique to The Forge is that it is staffed by trained behaviorists and psychologists who observe and evaluate team and individual behavior.

Each Forge session will include pre-consultation with one of Magnet Consulting’s behavioral experts, an onsite post-Forge class on whatever was the biggest concern for that team, and behavioral reports for the team and each individual. Teams walk away with tools for better communication, problem solving, conflict management and success.

“We believe that better people equals business success,” said Sandy Fiaschetti, Ph.D., Magnet Consulting Co-Founder. “The professionals at Magnet Consulting have spent decades assisting companies with their employee selection, team and leader development, and corporate culture. It was a natural flow for us to create a dedicated space for our clients and the community to sharpen their talents and develop more tools for success.”

In addition to The Forge, The Mettle Foundry will also offer career development workshops, internship training and bootcamps, staff retreats and individual on-site coaching.

“Based upon the response of the community as we have previewed The Mettle Foundry, I’m excited to launch Intern Bootcamp this summer. Intern Bootcamp is the last, and possibly most important, camp a parent will send their high-school senior or pre-college student to 17-22 to and the first place an employer will send a new intern,” said Nicole Lentz, Magnet Consulting Co-Founder. “Here, students will have a week simulation of ‘real work’ and receive real-time feedback on their performance. They will also learn the practical aspects of work that so often are overlooked, like office etiquette, scheduling conference calls, how to talk on that call, and much more.”

Sandy Fiaschetti, PhD and Nicole Lentz, MSF founded Magnet Consulting in 2012, bringing together both organizational psychology and financial experience from automotive, international, and regional industries to clients across the country.

Magnet Consulting works with businesses and municipalities helping them achieve their goals through proven scientific methods of workplace selection and development. Magnet Consulting’s passion is to engage each individual within an organization from the time of hire through the entire career.

The Mettle Foundry, Magnet Consulting’s onsite development facility, is located at 455 South Livernois Road Suite C12 in Rochester Hills, MI. For more information, visit www.themettlefoundry.com.

American Society of Employers (ASE) announces partnership with MasteryTCN™ to provide additional e-learning resources to members

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, is pleased to announce it is enhancing its e-learning resources for member organizations through a partnership with Novi-based MasteryTCN™. With MasteryTCN’s EverySeat™ program, ASE’s membership offerings now include MasteryTCN’s extensive video-based e-learning library. The announcement was made by ASE CEO, Mary E. Corrado.

“Our members look to ASE for a variety of tools and support to manage the comprehensive HR function at the highest level,” Corrado said. “With new e-learning resources through MasteryTCN’s EverySeat program, we offer additional tools for the HR toolbox from a respected training industry leader.”

MasteryTCN’s course library, which plays on all browsers and devices, including desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets, offers a wide selection of topics ranging from health and safety, HR compliance, communication skills, computer skills and leadership, to customer service, team building and management and supervision. MasteryTCN’s e-learning course videos are produced by leading subject matter experts who create robust training material geared toward meeting the training requirements organizations need most. The standardized courseware platform provides continuity in user experience from one course to the next and includes learning assessments to coach learners to master the material at hand.

About Mastery TCN™
Mastery TCN is the e-learning industry’s first Training Content Network. Mastery partners with leading video content providers to co-produce the largest, standardized, workplace e-learning resource library available. MasteryTCN then partners with HR Cloud Service providers to help employers obtain high-quality training resources through the vendors they already prefer. In this way Mastery fulfills its mission of helping build more successful, effective and amazing organizations.

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.

American Society of Employers (ASE) expands training curriculum with new course aimed at bridging the generational divide at work

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, announces a new course in its training curriculum: Generations at Work: Bridging the Generation Gap.

Generations at Work: Bridging the Generations Gap, a full-day course scheduled for May 4th, is geared towards helping bridge the generational divide by creating better understanding of generational differences and teaching strategies for building on the strengths of each generational cohort to optimize organizational effectiveness and productivity. This course counts for 6.5 HRCI and SHRM-CP credits towards HR professional certification as well as .70 CEUs.

ASE CEO Mary E. Corrado says the new course reflects the growing list of workplace issues that fall under the umbrella of Human Resources Management.

“As the generation gap widens in the workplace, with Millennials now making up the largest demographic in our workforce and Baby Boomers waiting longer to retire, we need to bridge the divide,” Corrado said. “Employers and employees alike only benefit when there is better communication and understanding in the workplace.”

ASE currently offers more than 65 courses in its curriculum catalog. Classes are open to ASE members and non-members. To register for this or other courses offered by ASE, please visit the ASE website.

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.

FrontWest Customs Brokerage LLCs upcoming compliance seminars!

FrontWest Customs Brokerage & Services LLC posted their upcoming importer compliance seminars and extend a discount to fellow chamber members: DRCIMP.
www.frontwestcb.com

Importer’s Review Seminar
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
This seminar is designed to assist importers in streamlining and auditing their import shipments and improve communications with their Customs broker. For complete event overview and/or to sign up, please follow below link:
https://eventbrite.com/event/17407213444/

Importer’s Basics Seminar
Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
This seminar is for individuals that handle imports on a regular basis, wanting to understand the process better and for individuals that are new to importing. For complete event overview and/or to sign up, pleas follow the below link:
https://eventbrite.com/event/17407273624/

FrontWest Customs Brokerage & Services LLC is a full service Customs brokerage firm, providing entry, consulting and training services to the Metro Detroit importing community.

Walsh College Announces New Leadership Certification Series

People get promoted every day, eager to make the ascent in their career. One thing that can help professionals move ahead more quickly, and stay ahead successfully, is proper leadership training, so that the transition between worker bee and manager of the hive is a smooth one. Walsh College addresses that gap in the workplace with a dynamic new leadership certification series, to begin January of 2015.

Leadership-YOU, taught by renowned leadership experts Dr. Lee Meadows and Diane Morrison, is ideal professional development for mid-level managers and recently promoted leaders from small and mid-sized companies. It’s perfect for companies that don’t have need for on-site custom training or which do not provide in-house leadership training, but whose leaders of today want to invest in grooming tomorrow’s leaders.

The 2015 course takes place on seven twice-monthly sessions beginning January 8, 2015 and concluding April 9, 2015.

Cost is $1,725 per person (with volume discounts for teams from the same company). Early bird discounts for registrants before December 15, 2014 are $1,595 per person. This course is produced through the Walsh Institute, Walsh College’s professional development arm.

For registration information, http://www.walshcollege.edu/leadershipyou.

“The practical success of leaders is rooted in their ability to blend knowledge and skills in a cycle of consistent results achieved through a highly, motivated team of committed players,” says Meadows.

“It has always been my personal vision to make the world a better place to work, one leader at a time,” says Morrison. “The most important relationship a leader has in the workplace is the one with his/her employees. This course will provide leaders with the practical skills and knowledge to improve how they motivate people and obtain results.”

“The Walsh Institute excels in providing certifications and courses with practical application that our students can take back to their workplaces,” says Tara Miceli, Director, The Walsh Institute. “It is exciting to launch this new leadership course with Walsh College’s signature strategy for excellence in the academic sphere as well as in the marketplace. It is an opportunity that has not been offered quite like this locally, and today’s workplaces will certainly benefit from more informed, strategic and confident leaders.”

The course itinerary includes sessions on Delegation, Conflict Management & Resolution, Coaching for Performance, Emotional Intelligence, Giving and Receiving Feedback and Partnering for Performance.

Morrison and Meadows bring a wealth of experience and talent in leadership training to this endeavor. Diane Morrison is a Clarkston-based entrepreneur and owner of 2-Way Communications, LLC. Dr. Lee Meadows, a Walsh College Professor of Management.

Diane Morrison provides leadership training, coaching and consulting for small, medium, and large companies. She has designed and taught leadership courses for more than 100 companies and more than 30,000 leaders around the world. With a master’s degree in the Science of Management, Morrison has been working in the field of leadership and organizational development for 17 years, in the fields of manufacturing, administrative, health care, financial, automotive, furniture, food, retail, government and education.

Lee E. Meadows, PhD, is an expert in career change/makeover, management consulting and development, team-building, and performance management. Dr. Meadows joined Walsh College in 2001, where he teaches management and MBA courses. He is also a keynote speaker, training and development consultant, and motivational speaker for corporate and community groups and professional associations. In 2006, Dr. Meadows published Take the Lull by the Horns: Closing the Leadership Gap. With more than 30 years of teaching, working, and consulting experience in the field of leadership and management. Dr. Meadows has worked within the consulting and corporate environments at A.T. Kearney, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, General Motors, and Con-Way Transportation Services.

Dr. Meadows says, “I have never accepted the notion that people are limited in their capacity to excel, exceed and transcend the boundaries imposed by the actions of less informed and insecure people. Leaders look beyond self-imposed and organizational boundaries to show others the true potential that they fear.”

WALSH INSTITUTE
The Walsh Institute is Walsh College’s direct connection to the business community, offering education, networking, and skills enhancement with practical application. Providing professional education and certifications, customized training, and entrepreneurship guidance, the Walsh Institute seeks to empower entrepreneurs and businesses of every size with the knowledge, skills, and support to build business success. Learn at http://www.walshcollege.edu/professional_development.

WALSH COLLEGE
Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs.

One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

Innovative Learning Group Celebrates 10 Years as a Leader in Custom Training and Performance Support Solutions

ROYAL OAK, Mich., March 4, 2014 — Innovative Learning Group, Inc. announced today that March 2014 marks the company’s 10th anniversary as a leading provider of custom training and performance support solutions to Fortune 1000 companies.

ILG began in the basement of CEO and owner Lisa Toenniges’ home over a weekend 10 years ago. With the support of her previous employer who was closing, Toenniges and five colleagues set out to start a company to serve the needs of their previous employer’s clients. By the end of the first few weeks, the company had a name, business plan, and six clients with projects in process.

Today, ILG has more than 90 clients across 30 industries, 13 employees, and a corporate headquarters based in Royal Oak. The company has achieved revenue growth and remained profitable since opening.
“My goal is to continue on our path of steady growth and profitably while maintaining the culture and client-focus that has made ILG successful,” says Toenniges. “We have wonderful clients and take building relationships and partnering with them very seriously. I thank them for their continued support and encouragement. It’s because of their confidence in our team and services that ILG has reached this milestone. I look forward to continuing the journey.”

ILG has received a number of awards for its learning solutions, including two Brandon Hall Awards of Excellence, an International Society for Performance Improvement Award of Excellence, and a Learning in Practice Award from Chief Learning Officer. The company also has received a variety of workplace and business awards, including being named a Michigan Bright Spot by Corp! and a Cool Place to Work by Crain’s Detroit. Additionally, Toenniges has been named a Top 10 Michigan Business Woman and Rainmaker of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners of Greater Detroit and an Entrepreneur of Distinction by Corp!.

About Innovative Learning Group, Inc.
Headquartered in Royal Oak, Mich., Innovative Learning Group, Inc. helps employees of Fortune 1000 companies perform better by creating powerful, practical training and performance support solutions that are smart, engaging, and designed to significantly improve business results. Founded in 2004 by Chief Executive Officer Lisa Toenniges, ILG is privately held and a Women’s Business Enterprise–certified company. Performance. Results. We get it.SM Learn more at www.innovativeLG.com.