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Lawrence Tech hosts free networking reception, workshops for displaced workers Aug. 11-18

Release Date: July 23, 2009

Southfield, Mich. - Lawrence Technological University will host a free networking reception and panel discussion for displaced workers with college degrees on Thursday, Aug. 13, 5-8:30 p.m. on its campus at 21000 West Ten Mile Road in Southfield.

The networking reception and panel discussion are not restricted to Lawrence Tech alumni and students. Job-seekers will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from approximately 40 companies, according to Peg Pierce, director of Lawrence Tech's Office of Career Services.

A panel with representatives from several employment sectors will discuss what different employers are looking for from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and again from 7-8 p.m.

"This is a chance to talk to people in different sectors about the knowledge base and skill sets they are looking for," Pierce said. "Job seekers can get a better idea of how to prepare themselves for today's challenging job market."

Displaced workers with college degrees should register in advance 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 free workshop on networking Tuesday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Science Building auditorium on the Lawrence Tech campus. Participants should register for these workshops in advance at

Ayers also will hold a workshop on using social media in a job search on Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the same location. Additionally, from 1-4 p.m., Kelly recruiters representing specific industry sectors will review resumes with individual job applicants and provide feedback.

The networking reception 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.

"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."

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 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 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, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.