$90 Million in Aid Left Behind by Michigan Students? FAFSA Challenge Can Help

Building on a key pillar of its Forward Detroit strategy to increase the number of adults in the region with postsecondary degrees, the Detroit Regional Chamber recently launched its “Race to the FAFSA Line” challenge. Through its Detroit Drives Degrees initiative, to date, the Chamber has signed up 66 schools in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties that have pledged to increase FAFSA applications in the coming year.

FAFSA completion is correlated to a 90 percent college attendance rate upon high school graduation. The challenge supports low-income and minority students in taking their next step to earning postsecondary education. Last year, only 52 percent of high school seniors in the region successfully filled out the FAFSA. The regional goal of the competition is to achieve 60 percent completion by the end of the year.

Emagine Entertainment Inc. will provide a grand prize of an all-night senior class party and other prizes to winning schools.

“We are thrilled to support the Chamber’s efforts to increase regional higher education attainment through the FAFSA competition. This addresses a significant problem for high school students aspiring to continue their education. Michigan students left over $90 million of federal aid on the table last year,” said Emagine CEO and Chamber board member Paul Glantz.

For more information on Detroit Drives Degrees, contact Melanie D’Evelyn at mdevelyn@detroitchamber.com.


Walsh College Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week

Walsh College President and CEO Stephanie Bergeron and members of Walsh College’s Blackstone LaunchPad team will highlight steps for starting a successful business from the ground up during Walsh College’s Walshpreneur Fair celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The public is invited to the business college’s Troy campus to attend the free event from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 17.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the college’s Blackstone LaunchPad program which celebrates entrepreneurship as a career path, and gain insight on starting and maintaining a viable business. Products and services from Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneurs will also be showcased. The evening will include networking opportunities, refreshments and prizes.

“The journey to entrepreneurism is both difficult and rewarding,” said Carol Glynn, a seasoned entrepreneur and Walsh College director of Blackstone LaunchPad. “This celebration is an evening of discovery, learning and networking. We’ll take you from the glamorous excitement of deciding to start a new business to the realities business owners face.”

Joining Bergeron as special guest speaker will be Paul Glantz, founder and chairman of Emagine Entertainment, Inc. and CEO of Proctor Financial Inc.

Glantz successfully raised more than $45 million to build Detroit’s Emagine theatres which now operate in Novi, Canton, Rochester Hills and Royal Oak. He has been at the forefront of technological change in the theatre industry, particularly in the transition to high-definition digital presentation. In January of 2006 his theatres became the first chain in the nation to convert all of its 46 screens to high-definition digital imagery.

Committed to numerous philanthropic endeavors, Glantz serves as a venture coach to participants in the Walsh College and Wayne State University Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneurship initiatives. His volunteer efforts also include serving on the boards of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan and as treasurer of the Detroit Chapter of Variety International.

A recipient of the 2011 Walsh College Distinguished Alumnus Award, Glantz holds a master’s in taxation from the business college.

Those interested in attending Walshpreneur Fair should contact:
Diane Fisher at 248-823-1670, or Launchpad@walshcollege.edu.
Online registration is available at: www.walshcollege.edu/blackstonelaunchpad.

About Walsh College Blackstone LaunchPad
Funded by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, and in partnership with New Economy Initiative, a program of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan; Automation Alley, University of Miami, Walsh College and Wayne State University – this program helps aspiring entrepreneurs develop and launch their businesses. As the first of its kind in Michigan, it offers fully enrolled Walsh students and degreed Walsh alumni; and Wayne State University students the opportunity to assess the feasibility of their ideas for starting and growing for-profit and non-profit ventures.

About 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.