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Lawrence Tech hosts Jan. 28 networking reception, free workshops for job seekers

Release Date: January 13, 2010

Southfield, Mich. - Lawrence Technological University will host a free networking reception for  displaced workers with college degrees on Thursday, Jan. 28, on its campus at 21000 West Ten Mile Road in Southfield.

Check-in registration begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Buell Management Building. At 5 p.m., university and industry representatives will give a brief presentation to job seekers, and the networking reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.

To register, displaced workers with college degrees should go to ltu.edu/recovery/receptions.asp. These networking events are not restricted to Lawrence Tech alumni and students, and there are no fees for either job seekers or companies.

"This is a chance for employers to meet many impressive and qualified candidates who are eager to put their skills back to work," said Peg Pierce, director of Lawrence Tech's Office of Career Services. "In turn, job seekers can get a better idea of how to prepare themselves for today's challenging job market."

Employers interested in participating in the networking reception can contact Lawrence Tech's Office of Career Services at (248) 204-3140 or ltuocs@ltu.edu.

To help displaced workers prepare for the networking reception, the Ayers Group of Southfield - a career transition management firm and a division of Kelly Services Inc. of Troy - will offer a free workshop on networking Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. in the Science Building auditorium on the Lawrence Tech campus.

Ayers also will hold a workshop on job search strategy on Tuesday, Feb. 2, and a workshop on using social networking on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the same time and location. Participants should register for these workshops in advance at ltu.edu/recovery/receptions.asp.

"These workshops and the networking reception are an important part of our outreach and service to the community during these difficult times," said Lawrence Tech President Lewis N. Walker. "Our goal is to help match displaced workers with available jobs and help workers retool when necessary to take advantage of opportunities in emerging economic areas."

This is the last in a series of four receptions under Lawrence Tech's "Recovery Starts Here" initiative. At the previous three receptions, nearly 3,000 college-education job seekers met with representatives of 90 different companies. Future networking events will focus on more specific employment areas, according to Pierce.

The Ayers Group, headquartered in New York City, operates five offices in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Michigan.  Through its partnership with Career Partners International (CPI), the Ayers Group/CPI has offices in more than 175 locations throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, South America and the Pacific Rim.

Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers nearly 100 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.