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Displaying items tagged: Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Sunday, 15 January 2023 17:19

Reconnect reforms boost program flexibility; advocates seek to lower minimum age to 21

Late last month, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a pair of bills into law that aim to boost participation in a free statewide community college tuition program by shifting reporting requirements and allowing more flexibility in class scheduling.

Published in Talent
Monday, 31 January 2022 10:43

8-week KVCC program prepares workers for thriving cannabis industry

Michigan’s rapidly growing cannabis industry spurred Kalamazoo Valley Community College to unveil a series of certificate programs designed to prepare a new workforce for the sector.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 29 August 2021 17:10

Community college enrollment maintains as pandemic causes broader drop in financial aid applications

Michigan’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion and submission rates decreased for the second year in a row by nearly 5 percent, indicating lower college enrollment and ongoing challenges for the already sparse talent pipeline. 

Published in Talent

Sunday, 28 February 2021 18:10

Futures for Frontliners draws thousands of returning, new students to West Michigan community colleges

West Michigan community colleges saw thousands of applications through the Futures for Frontliners program unveiled by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last year to cover tuition for workers deemed essential during COVID-19 shutdown orders.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 22 September 2019 14:04

KVCC secures brewpub license to sell student-made beers

KALAMAZOO — In the four years since Kalamazoo Valley Community College launched its sustainable brewing program, it could use student-made beers for tastings and instructional purposes, but not offer it for sale in its on-campus full-service restaurant. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Saturday, 07 July 2018 13:17

West Michigan manufacturers embrace apprenticeships to develop talent pipeline

Automotive supplier Benteler Automotive Corp. faces a grim reality: Two-thirds of the company’s maintenance technicians will “retire out” of the workforce over the next few years.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:50

Southwest Michigan manufacturers join KVCC consortium to fill workplace gaps

Until business leaders can come together to address industry problems, companies “will not succeed.”

Published in Talent
Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:00

Anxiety and uncertainty: Fallout from Trump administration’s plan to rescind DACA

West Michigan educators and at least one business group say the Trump administration’s plan to rescind the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program already is leading to anxiety and uncertainty.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 01 May 2016 12:51

Bronson Healthy Living Campus at KVCC spans culinary, medical programs

The $46.1 million Bronson Healthy Living Campus sprung from a need to create more room for Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s health programs.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 20 March 2016 18:13

Snyder looks to boost funding for popular skilled trades training program

Gov. Rick Snyder is asking state lawmakers to increase funding for the popular Skilled Trades Training Fund program as part of his budget for the 2017 fiscal year.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 21 February 2016 22:56

Pilot Malt House plans scholarship for KVCC sustainable brewing program

In a bid to grow the talent pool for Michigan’s nascent craft brewing industry, Byron Center-based Pilot Malt House LLC has announced a $500 scholarship for students in the sustainable brewing program at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 21 February 2016 21:07

West Michigan community colleges ramp up manufacturing programing with grant dollars

Facing what they say is a dearth of qualified technical talent, manufacturers have been forced to get creative in developing their own internal training programs. But despite those efforts to fill the gap, companies still rely heavily on community colleges to train the next wave of workers. 

Published in Manufacturing