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With nearly 30 colleges and universities, SE Michigan's talent pool is both deep and wide. The state's Big Three schools alone (University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University) bring in hundreds of millions of research dollars, create tens of thousands of jobs and spawn dozens of start-up companies every year. From the design programs at the College for Creative Studies to the engineering school at Lawrence Technological University, these schools are the engines that drive not only Michigan but the entire nation.

Higher Education Features

Incubating a new food industry in metro Detroit

Launching a food-based business in metro Detroit is a lot harder than you think. Luckily, budding foodpreneurs are getting a leg up, courtesy of Southfield's kitchen co-working space, The Culinary Studio, and The Seed, a business incubator started by the owners of Garden Fresh.

Global Talent, Local Benefits

Local businesses are hiring... but struggle to find the employees they need. Enter Athena Trentin, director of the Global Talent Retention Initiative, who wants to see the international students who graduate from our universities stay here to work. And it says something that she's convinced her pro-union dad that what she's doing is good for Michigan's economy.

Edmund Lewis: Doing Good, Looking Good

There's been a lot of discussion about the fates and fashions of young African American males. For Edmund Lewis, however, the topic has been his life focus. Only 27 years old, he has found a way to connect a masters degreee in social work, a fashion consulting business, and his mentorship non-profit, Minority Males for Higher Education, into an impressive campaign for change.

Definitely Not L.A.: Hollywood Screenwriters In Metro Detroit

Before the lights, camera and action there is the script. And so there must also be the screenwriter. Believe it or not, Metro Detroit has a few of them. And some have managed to forge a successful career in Hollywood while calling the Mitten their home.

Education and Urban Prosperity: The Case For Retention

A study by CEOs For Cities found that 58 percent of a region's economic health comes from the educational attainment of its residents. So, how does our region cultivate a culture that properly educates, trains and retains its talent? That's the focus of several local initiatives and a conference next week at Oakland University.
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Higher Education Blogs

Chris Ando, Jennifer Guracech, & Christian Bielski

In a sign that the Great Lakes State is riding the wave of its young talent, a group of interns came to exchange ideas with state powerbrokers at the recent Mackinac Policy Conference. Jennifer Guracech, Chris Ando, and Christian Bielski offer up their takeaways from this gathering of Michigan's intelligentsia.

Pavan Muzumdar

Pavan Muzumdar, entrepreneur-in-residence at Lawrence Tech, has a thinkpot of ideas from the practical to the theoretical for us this week. He'll start with options for our money and move on to the relationship of the BP oil spill to kitty litter scooper sales (call it the Black Swan Effect).

Jeffrey MacKie-Mason

Social media, "tweeting" and "friending". These days, it's hard to tell screen time from face time. Meet Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Michigan School of Information. This week, he'll be talking about the knowledge economy opportunities emerging from a unique graduate program that blends information systems with the social sciences.

Bill Wrobleski

Bill Wrobleski thinks it's time we all went green. He also thinks it's easier to make a difference than you think. As the director of U-M's Technical Infrastructure Operations at the school's Administrative Information Services he's charged with balancing the growing tech needs of the U and its desire to be a good environmental citizen.

Jerry Lindman

Professor Jerry Lindman wants Metro Detroiters to consider nonprofit management as a viable career option. As the Director for the Center for Nonprofit Management at Lawrence Tech, he has a deep understanding of the professional opportunities they offer. Guess what he'll be writing about.
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Higher Education Videos

Element One

Fifty Lawrence Tech students banded together to create a hydrogen fuel cell powered Formula racing cart. The result? Probably the coolest zero-emissions vehicle you've ever seen.

College For Creative Studies

For nearly 100 years the College for Creative Studies has influenced the world of design. From automobiles and advertising to fine art and film, its students represent the creative class professionals Michigan needs to transform its economy and communities.


Take a look inside TechTown, a home to technology start-ups in Detroit. Video producer Tom Hendrickson offers a guided tour.
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