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2021 Masters Champion Matsuyama Commits to Rocket Mortgage Classic
The reigning Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama has committed to play in the Rocket Mortgage Classic, July 1-4, at Detroit Golf Club.
With the addition of Matsuyama, the Rocket Mortgage Classic can boast three of the four most recent major champions including 2021 PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson and 2020 U.S. Open winner Bryson DeChambeau, who also is the defending Detroit champion. Other major champions in the field include Jason Day (2015 PGA Championship), Patrick Reed (2018 Masters), Webb Simpson (2012 U.S. Open), Jimmy Walker (2016 PGA Championship), and Bubba Watson (2012 Masters, 2014 Masters).
Overall, the tournament’s field includes seven major championship winners accounting for 13 major titles, as well as nine players among the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking and eight players within the top 30 in the PGA Tour’s 2020-21 FedExCup points standings. The tournament’s 156-player field will be confirmed as final on Friday, June 25.
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Schoolcraft College Opens Manufacturing and Engineering Training Center
Schoolcraft College in Livonia has opened its Manufacturing and Engineering Center (MEC), the college’s new home for occupational programs.
The 48,000-square-foot facility will serve a vital role training workers for a wide variety of manufacturing and industry positions available now. It addresses growing career interests and more than doubles the previous space on the main campus for programs such as:
- Biomedical engineering technology
- Computer-aided design (CAD)
- Engineering technology
- Manufacturing Technology/CNC (computer numerical control)
- Metallurgy and materials science
- Plastics technology
The MEC also houses a 3-D printing lab and robotic lab, while greatly increasing hands-on space for welding, manufacturing, plastics technology, and material science. Courses in engineering, quality management, and occupational safety and health also will be offered at the MEC.
“We were basically maxed out in terms of space at our previous location,” says Robert Leadley, dean of occupational programs and economic development at Schoolcraft. “The additional classrooms and lab space will allow us to better serve our students and meet the needs of our industry partners. The new Manufacturing and Engineering Center is a great win-win for Schoolcraft College students and our community. We’ll be able to deliver more highly trained graduates to the workforce and also help with training and workforce development for area businesses.”
Madison Heights Adds Priority Health Fitness Court at Huffman Park
Priority Health and the National Fitness Campaign (NFC) have announced the launch of an outdoor Priority Health Fitness Court at Huffman Park in Madison Heights.
The Fitness Court will be unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, June 11 at 10 a.m. An additional community event is planned for 5:30 p.m. for the community.
The launch is the result of the partnership between Priority Health and NFC to expand free access to high-quality workouts and create equitable access to exercise for communities around the state.
The new Fitness Court at Huffman Park is an open-air wellness center that allows users to leverage their own body weight to get a complete workout. Created with adults of all ages in mind, the Fitness Court is adaptable for all fitness levels. New users can also download the free Fitness Court App — a coach-in-your-pocket style platform — that transforms the outdoor gym into a digitally supported wellness ecosystem. The Fitness Court App is available for iOS and Android.
Madison Heights is the first outdoor court in a series of 15-20 Priority Health Fitness Courts that will be constructed in easily accessible public spaces through 2022. NFC’s initiative is now supporting more than 150 cities across America, including cities in Michigan such as Brownstown, Roseville, Garden City, Big Rapids, and Saginaw.
This project at Huffman Park is sponsored by Itailia Construction, Dilisio Contracting, Sunde Building, Nowak and Fraus Engineers, and International Outdoor.
Centrepolis Accelerator at Lawrence Tech Awarded Industry 4.0 Readiness Grant
The Centrepolis Accelerator at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield has been awarded $197,985 in grant funding to provide regional Industry 4.0 programming and services to increase manufacturers’ readiness to adopt Industry 4.0 technologies.
The funding is part of a Michigan Economic Development Corp.-led initiative to ensure 50 percent of Michigan manufacturers are prepared to adopt Industry 4.0 technologies by 2025.
The funding will support a 12-month project allowing Centrepolis Accelerator to scale up its Industry 4.0 activities as well as to launch a demonstration grant program using a pool of funding to offset the cost of I4.0 technology implementations with Michigan-based manufacturers.
The project provides additional resources for the nation’s first Industry 4.0 Accelerator, a program currently led by Automation Alley and operated in partnership with Centrepolis and Lean Rocket Lab. The project will further stimulate Michigan’s I4.0 innovation leadership position by attracting best-in-class advanced manufacturing technology companies from around the world and finding pathways for these firms to provide meaningful impact to our state’s manufacturing value chain, partnering with Michigan’s existing manufacturers that wish to adopt these technologies to improve their operational efficiencies.
This high-value match-making effort accelerates commercialization and scaling opportunities for startups and small manufacturers to bring their I4.0 technologies into real world manufacturing operations.
Centrepolis is collaborating closely with Automation Alley, Lean Rocket Lab, MEDC, and the Detroit Regional Partnership to support the attraction of companies in the I4.0 Accelerator pipeline with several companies already committed to or considering operations in Michigan. The I4.0 Accelerator program is also nurturing and scaling many I4.0 technology companies originating from Michigan.
Centrepolis also will be partnering with Automation Alley, Lean Rocket Lab, Oakland County Economic Development, and Manufacturing Growth Alliance to promote the availability of the new I4.0 demonstration grants to regional manufacturers.
“Often manufacturers see opportunities to improve their operations, but are limited in their capital expenditures to commit to this effort,” says Dan Radomski, executive director of the Centrepolis Accelerator. “The demo grant offering provides the critical encouragement to test these I4.0 technologies by offsetting the cost of implementation. We are confident this program will improve Michigan manufacturer’s I4.0 preparedness by accelerating the adoption of these unique operational efficiency technologies, and at the same time help attract and grow the best-in-class I4.0 tech companies from around the world.”
BorgWarner, SME Education Foundation Create STEM Opportunities for High School Students
The SME Education Foundation in Southfield and Auburn Hills’ BorgWarner are joining forces to provide STEM learning opportunities for students at Proviso West High School in Illinois.
Through the foundation’s Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME) schools initiative, SME will provide a curriculum that’s tailored to give students hands-on training on modern, industry standard equipment and allows them to explore futures in manufacturing, engineering and STEM-related careers.
“STEM initiatives and manufacturing are critical today and will be even more critical in the future for our youth,” says Felecia Pryor, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at BorgWarner. “BorgWarner is committed to help shape future leaders in STEM and manufacturing fields by sharing our resources and partnering with great organizations like SME. We are excited to support and advance these efforts.”
Proviso West High School, located in Hillside, Ill., is part of the Proviso Township High Schools District. The district consists of three public high schools and draws students from 10 diverse communities. The schools serve more than 4,200 students.
“We are always looking to partner with organizations that focus on student success and on building the local economy,” says James L. Henderson, superintendent of the Proviso Township High School District 209. “This partnership with SME will give our students insight into what it takes to build a successful career. It will also give them a leg up when it’s time to enter the workforce.”
The goal of the partnership is to directly address talent shortages in the manufacturing and engineering fields. Students will develop skills, and often earn certifications, that prepare them to fill specific roles with companies based in their community.
“SME PRIME schools are central to our commitment to inspiring, preparing and supporting young people,” says Rob Luce, vice president of the SME Education Foundation. “Our partnership with Proviso West High School needs support and engagement of business leaders to bring it to fruition — we’re proud to welcome these committed educators to our national team.”
JVS Human Services Celebrates Homeownership Month with Activities June 14-18
JVS Human Services in Southfield will celebrate National Homeownership Month in June with a week of programming June 14-18, sponsored by TCF Bank.
“How to Get from Here to Home” aims to empower local families ready to make the move into homeownership and is offering Zoom webinars on topics such as purchasing during a pandemic, insurance, learning how to work with a realtor, negotiate, credit, and homeownership. The week will culminate with a Lunch and Learn seminar where participants will meet with homeownership professionals in personal breakout rooms. Participants will receive a $15 Uber Eats gift card and swag bag. To register for the programs, click here.
“There are many steps for families to take to become homeowners, from pre-qualifications such as adequate credit scores and down payments, to the actual process of finding a suitable property and negotiating the sale,” says Laltsha Cunningham, financial capability supervisor at JVS Human Services. “Our week-long event gives us an opportunity to provide local families with the tools they need to navigate homeownership, especially since interest rates are low and many people are hoping to take advantage of that now.”
The programs are as follows:
Purchasing in a Pandemic (June 14, noon-1 p.m.) — Participants will get tips on purchasing during a pandemic, plus learn about new regulations, credit score requirements, and cash reserves.
Protecting Your Home (June 15, noon-1 p.m.) — Participants will meet with insurance professionals to learn how to pick the right agent and coverage and find the best rates.
Get Real with a Realtor (June 16, noon-1 p.m.) — Participants will meet with professional realtors to learn how to search for a home, negotiate an offer, understand purchase agreements and rights.
Credit and Homeownership (June 17, noon-1 p.m.) — Participants will learn the difference between advantage and FICO scores, plus what scores are needed for mortgage qualification, and how to improve credit scores.
Lunch and Learn – Meet the Homeownership Professionals (June 18, noon-3 p.m.) — Participants will meet with loan officers for credit review and pre-qualifications in personal break-out rooms. Experts will advise participants on what is needed to qualify for mortgage approval. Participants will be able to pick up a $15 Uber Eats gift card and a swag bag from the JVS Human Service offices in Southfield the following Tuesday or Thursday after the event.
To learn more about this and other homebuyer education services, call 248-221-4422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shinola Introduces Pride Detrola Watch
Detroit’s Shinola is introducing an LGBTQI+ themed watch — the Pride Detrola — in recognition of June being Pride month that literally reflects the wearer.
The new timepiece has a mirror dial that reflects the wearer’s image. It also features a clear TR90-resin case that shows its complex internal workings and Argonite 705 movement of the watch. And because it’s see-through, it also reveals the wearer.
Two different bands tell the story of the dichotomy of pride: one in rainbow that honors the loud and proud progress made, and one in clear silicone that honors identities under the surface. “Wear it with pride — or keep it discrete—knowing you’re seen for who you are,” Shinola says.
Priced at $450 and limited to 1,969 pieces to commemorate the historic Stonewall riots, the Pride Detrola gift set are available at Shinola stores and Shinola.com.
In conjunction with the launch and to back up its commitment to the community, Shinola has pledged a $120,000 donation to SAGE and Ruth Ellis Center (REC). SAGE is a movement of activists dedicated to providing advocacy, services, and support to older members of the LGBT community. Ruth Ellis Center, named in honor of a resilient Detroit icon, works to create a supportive environment and community with LGBTQ+ young people.
“SAGE is thrilled to be a co-recipient of this generous donation from Shinola,” says Michael Adams, CEO of SAGE. “The intergenerational connection between LGBT+ elders and youth is a true testament to the resiliency of our community, and this campaign is a chance to prove how we can all work together to continue pushing for full equality so everyone can be seen and heard.”
Mark Erwin, director of development and advancement at REC, says, “It was more than 20 years ago that a small group of community members came together to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ young people experiencing homelessness in Detroit. Named after an extraordinary black lesbian woman, the Ruth Ellis Center is and will always be, a community driven effort. The Detrola Pride watch, and partnership with Shinola, will not only have an incredible impact on the hundreds of young people served by Ruth Ellis Center each year, but it honors the legacy of Ruth Ellis, who lived each day with pride.”