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Lawrence Tech seeks more employers for successful networking reception series

Release Date: March 2, 2009

Southfield, Mich. - Lawrence Technological University is looking for additional employers to participate in its May 12 networking reception that follows up on a January event that attracted 55 employers and more than 1,000 job applicants with college degrees.

As part of its efforts to aid Michiganians affected by the economic downturn, Lawrence Tech is offering a series of four networking receptions to all displaced workers with college degrees, not just Lawrence Tech alumni and students. The events provide applicants with the opportunity to talk to business recruiters on an informal basis.

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

At the first reception held in January, employers made connections with many job applicants who had the education and experience needed to make an immediate contribution to their businesses.

David Darbyshire, co-owner of DASI Solutions Inc. of Farmington Hills, commented that he could staff an entirely new corporation with the many talented workers he interviewed that evening. "I'm definitely going to consider hiring some of the people I met that night," he said.

Eric Haener, human resources representative for R.L. Polk and Co. of Southfield, said he was pleased with the credentials of the candidates he met at the networking reception.

"It allowed me to meet well-qualified candidates," Haener said. "I conducted several phone interviews with candidates I met at the reception and have recommended several of them through to the next steps with managers in individual departments."

The second networking reception will be held Tuesday, May 12, 5-9 p.m. on Lawrence Tech's campus at 21000 West Ten Mile Road in Southfield.

To register, employers and displaced workers with college degrees can call (248) 204-4100 or email recovery@ltu.edu. For information, go to ltu.edu/recovery/receptions.asp. There are no fees to participate. Employers should sign in at 4:30 p.m.

Two other networking receptions are scheudled for Aug. 13 and Nov. 5. 

To help displaced workers prepare for the job hunt, 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 three career development workshops, "Networking for Success," "Successful Job Search Strategies" and "Resume Building." Go to the website for times and locations.

The networking receptions and workshops are part of Lawrence Tech's $3 million "Recovery Starts Here" stimulus initiative for displaced workers. The program 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 enable displaced workers to take advantage of Lawrence Tech's expanded academic programs in areas such as sustainability, alternative energy and life sciences that are geared to strengthen and diversify Michigan's economic competitiveness.

Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, 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, with education centers in Lansing, Livonia, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.