Monthly Archives: March 2010

CAMW Offers Education Vouchers – thru April 9, 2010

Capital Area Michigan Works! is participating with the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth and Microsoft to implement Elevate America, a program designed to build Greater Lansing’s workforce-related skills in a 21st Century economy.

Elevate America provides access to FREE Microsoft E-Learning courses and certification exams. Beginning learners can access free training online. Intermediate and Advanced learners can visit a Capital Area Michigan Works Service Center to receive a voucher. Vouchers are available through April 9, 2010.

Intermediate vouchers are available to help job seekers, students, small business owners and residents upgrade their Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Access and Excel skills (2003 or 2007), as well as Microsoft Vista skills. Additionally, learners can receive vouchers for the Microsoft Office Specialist Exam (2003) and Microsoft Office Certified Application Specialist Vista and Office Exam (2007). Free testing is available with vouchers at New Horizons in Lansing.

Those with existing IT experience can upgrade their skills further with vouchers for access to 89 different e-learning courses to help IT professionals prepare for Microsoft Certifications. Elevate America advanced e-learning courses support occupations such as Web/Windows Developers, Support Technicians, Database Administrators, Systems Administrators, Systems Engineers, Enterprise Administrators and Server Administrators.

Small businesses and existing professionals are welcome and encouraged to receive vouchers.

For more information, visit your local Capital Area Michigan Works! office in Lansing, St. Johns, or Charlotte.

Teri Sand, PHR, CBSP Capital Area Michigan Works!, 2110 South Cedar Street, Lansing, MI 48910 Direct Phone 517-492-5516; Fax 517-492-5501; Email

2010 CEED Leadership Institute for Women

March 12 Grand Rapids 9am-4:30pm Davenport University M-6 Campus

March 19 Livonia 9am – 4:30pm Davenport University

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The theme this year is “Bridging the Gap from Good to GREAT!” All our companies are good and many of them are great. The training is geared to make even the great greater. Our focus this year is on GROWTH!

Steven Hughes, who received rave reviews for his presentation on “Emotional Intelligence” last year, is presenting “Seven Essentials of Greatness” as a follow up this year. Davenport is also part of the Marketing Panel to bring us up-to-date on Internet Marketing and Social Media for business. Chrysler is providing insight into customer diversifi cation. And two of our powerful women business owners will be presenting on branding (online and off). Connie Sweet of Connection Group will discuss branding and corporate identity as it relates to small and large corporations – on and off line. Our keynote this year is Rita Woodruff of Gill Industries. Rita and her sister have taken over from her mother, Rita Williams, and she will be sharing the story of their ups and downs and lessons learned along the way to a multi-million dollar enterprise. Not bad for a full day of training. Don’t miss this event! Last year’s participants were overwhelmed with the value they received and it is our goal to make this event even better this year. The cost for CEED members will be $125 and for non-members $139. For registration or questions, please call Kathi Boyle at 734.677.1400 or email Register at

Sponsored by:

Comerica, Small Business Administration and Davenport University

Small Business Administration, Comerica Bank and Davenport