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Lawrence Tech hosts second free networking reception for displaced workers May 12

Release Date: May 1, 2009

Southfield, Mich. - Lawrence Technological University will host the second of four free networking receptions for displaced workers with college degrees and more than 40 companies with job openings on Tuesday, May 12, 5-9 p.m. on its campus at 21000 West Ten Mile Road in Southfield.

The networking receptions and workshops are not restricted to Lawrence Tech alumni and students. They are designed to provide employers and job-seekers with a face-to-face experience in an informal setting that is both professional and personal.

"Instead of the resume shuffle that takes place at job fairs, we want to give job applicants the opportunity to talk to employers on a variety of topics," said Kevin Finn, dean of students at Lawrence Tech.

Displaced workers with college degrees must register at Questions can be sent to There are no fees to participate.

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 - is teaming up with Lawrence Tech's Office of Career Services to offer a workshop, "Networking for Success," on Monday, May 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Science Building auditorium and 6-8 p.m. in the Architecture Building auditorium on the Lawrence Tech campus.

The networking receptions and workshops are part of Lawrence Tech's $3 million "Recovery Starts Here" stimulus package for displaced workers. The initiative includes 400 "Recovery Grants" that provide 50 percent of tuition for eligible displaced workers or their dependent children through the completion of a degree program. These grants will enable displaced workers to take advantage of Lawrence Tech's expanded academic programs in areas such as sustainability, alternative energy and life sciences.

Students may also be eligible for further tuition assistance through the "No Worker Left Behind" program administered by Michigan Works!, essentially allowing them to attend Lawrence Tech tuition-free.

Karen Lazarou, a business development executive with Ayers in Southfield, will lead workshops on "Successful Job Search Strategies" on Thursday, May 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Science Building auditorium and 6-8 p.m. in the Architecture Building auditorium.

Dorothy O'Brien, a career transition consultant with Ayers in Southfield, will lead "Resume Building" workshops on Tuesday, May 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Science Building auditorium and 6-8 p.m. in room M218 of the Buell Management Building. Resume review sessions will follow both workshops.

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.

Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA, KELYB) is a world leader in workforce management services and human resources solutions with headquarters in Troy, Mich. Kelly offers temporary staffing services, outsourcing, vendor on-site and full-time placement to clients on a global basis.  The company  provides employment to more than 650,000 employees annually, with skills including office services, accounting, engineering, information technology, law, science, marketing, creative services, light industrial, education, and health care.  Revenue in 2008 was $5.5 billion.  Visit

Lawrence Technological University,, offers over 80 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 75 years ago, 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, Livonia, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.