reWorking Michigan http://wkar.org en reWorking Michigan: Teacher Development Critical to Solid Arts Education http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-teacher-development-critical-solid-arts-education <p>On Tuesday, arts educators will come to Michigan State University for an annual breakfast meeting at the Wharton Center.&nbsp; Mon, 03 Dec 2012 13:47:11 +0000 Kevin Lavery 27731 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Teacher Development Critical to Solid Arts Education reWorking Michigan: Thousands Helped By Upward Bound Program http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-thousands-helped-upward-bound-program <p>This week from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at a program that helps Lansing high schoolers get ready for successful college careers and the jobs that follow. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 12:03:00 +0000 Scott Pohl 27044 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Thousands Helped By Upward Bound Program reWorking Michigan: Fall Apple Tradition Hit Hard http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-fall-apple-tradition-hit-hard <p>Michigan apple farmers suffered their largest crop loss since the 1940's this year. Early spring warmth followed by hard frosts killed fruit tree buds. The harvest is not all in yet, but state officials predict a 90 percent reduction in apple yield. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with Michigan Apple Committee executive director Diane Smith about how farmers are coping. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 04:00:01 +0000 Melissa Benmark 25296 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Fall Apple Tradition Hit Hard reWorking Michigan: The Tourism Draw Of The Broad Art Museum http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-tourism-draw-broad-art-museum <p>The building, designed by world-famous architect Zaha Hadid, will be a draw on its own, as will the art on display.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 04:00:01 +0000 Scott Pohl 25039 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: The Tourism Draw Of The Broad Art Museum reWorking Michigan: Study Reveals Gaps in Art Education http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-study-reveals-gaps-art-education <p>A recent study finds some 108,000 K-12 students in Michigan have no access to arts curriculum in their schools.&nbsp; The state mandates at least one credit in the arts as a requirement to graduate.</p><p>WKAR’s Kevin Lavery looks at how those who advocate for the arts and those who regulate its instruction might fill the gap. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kevin Lavery 24712 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Study Reveals Gaps in Art Education reWorking Michigan: Crosaires Provides a Different Kind of Elder Care Model http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-crosaires-provides-different-kind-elder-care-model <p></p><p>This week from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at caring for the elderly. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 04:00:01 +0000 Scott Pohl 24275 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Crosaires Provides a Different Kind of Elder Care Model reWorking Michigan: Trade Mission to China is Michigan's Largest in Years http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-trade-mission-china-michigans-largest-years <p>Business leaders from more than 20 Michigan companies are traveling to China this week on a trade mission. The six-city tour is one of the largest overseas events Michigan economic development officials have ever sponsored.</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kevin Lavery 23942 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Trade Mission to China is Michigan's Largest in Years reWorking Michigan: New Lansing Charter School Has Lofty Economic Vision http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-new-lansing-charter-school-has-lofty-economic-vision <p>Data often show a clear connection linking employment back to education. In Lansing, the executives of the new ‘Learn, Live, Lead’ public school academy are going a step further by focusing on entrepreneurialism and leadership.</p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Mark Bashore 23609 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: New Lansing Charter School Has Lofty Economic Vision reWorking Michigan: Training Tomorrow's Electricians http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-training-tomorrows-electricians <p>On this Labor Day from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at the future of training in the skilled trades. WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with Lawrence Hidalgo Junior, training director for the Lansing Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 04:00:01 +0000 Scott Pohl 23231 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Training Tomorrow's Electricians reWorking Michigan: Artistry, Economy Connect on "The Ave" http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-artistry-economy-connect-ave <p>Cities around the world are competing for new businesses and talented workers.&nbsp; Lansing is no exception.&nbsp; Cultural initiatives can and do play a role in economic development.&nbsp; With that in mind, a new program strives to tell the stories of artists, musicians and business owners along Michigan Avenue. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kevin Lavery 22824 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Artistry, Economy Connect on "The Ave" reWorking Michigan: Lansing Company Makes an All-Natural Gun Cleaner http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-lansing-company-makes-all-natural-gun-cleaner <p>This week from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at a small, family-run Lansing business that produces an all-natural gun cleaning product.</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 04:00:01 +0000 Scott Pohl 22036 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Lansing Company Makes an All-Natural Gun Cleaner reWorking Michigan: Window of Opportunity Opens for Undocumented Immigrants http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-window-opportunity-opens-undocumented-immigrants <p>Immigration experts in Lansing are planning a major outreach project this week. Starting Wednesday, thousands of undocumented immigrants in Michigan who arrived in the U.S. as children will be eligible to file for work permits. The program is part of an executive order President Obama issued in June. But the policy is far from being a long-term solution.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kevin Lavery 22131 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Window of Opportunity Opens for Undocumented Immigrants reWorking Michigan: Motorcycle Culture at Heart of Haslett Company’s Success http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-motorcycle-culture-heart-haslett-company-s-success <p>Baker Drive Train in Haslett has carved out a profitable niche in the motorcycle business with cutting edge transmissions it designs and sells all over the world. WKAR’s Mark Bashore reports on a married couple who left their buttoned-down GM jobs to embrace the rowdier culture of high performance motorcycles.</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Mark Bashore 20890 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Motorcycle Culture at Heart of Haslett Company’s Success reWorking Michigan: City Team Reviews "Red Cedar Renaissance" Proposals http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-city-team-reviews-red-cedar-renaissance-proposals <p>In 2007, the city of Lansing closed the Red Cedar Golf Course near the Frandor shopping center for budgetary reasons. Now, an economic development team is studying five proposals to revitalize a portion of the 61acre tract.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kevin Lavery 20570 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: City Team Reviews "Red Cedar Renaissance" Proposals reWorking Michigan: Smart Phone App Development On The Rise http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-smart-phone-app-development-rise <p>A growing number of people carrying smart phones means companies that develop apps need to find skilled employees. People filling those jobs in Michigan are staying in the state, or even moving back to Michigan.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 04:00:01 +0000 Scott Pohl 19975 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Smart Phone App Development On The Rise reWorking Michigan: Preparing Tomorrow's Primary Care Doctors http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-preparing-tomorrows-primary-care-doctors <p>Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, medical schools across the country are ramping up their mission of training more doctors to serve more patients. Michigan State University has been steadily working on this for years.</p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kevin Lavery 19880 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Preparing Tomorrow's Primary Care Doctors reWorking Michigan: National Conference May Benefit Michigan Veterans http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-national-conference-may-benefit-michigan-veterans <p>At more than 700,000, Michigan has one of the nation’s largest military veteran populations. That’s a number any state would be proud of. But Michigan also has America’s highest rate of unemployed veterans.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kevin Lavery 19429 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: National Conference May Benefit Michigan Veterans reWorking Michigan: Bigger Fireworks, Bigger Profits? http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-bigger-fireworks-bigger-profits <p>Michigan law governing the sale of fireworks has changed since Independence Day last year. What does the change mean to one Lansing business known for its fireworks?</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Scott Pohl 19017 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Bigger Fireworks, Bigger Profits? reWorking Michigan: Economic Gardening Helps Growth Companies Build Strategies http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-economic-gardening-helps-growth-companies-build-strategies <p>Economic gardening -- helping local entrepreneurs grow their own jobs rather than recruiting new workers from outside -- is building strong roots in Michigan. KI Technology Group recently took part in Michigan's economic gardening pilot program.</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kevin Lavery 18675 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Economic Gardening Helps Growth Companies Build Strategies reWorking Michigan: Raising Money With Kickstarter http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-raising-money-kickstarter <p>Some local entrepreneurs in need of start-up funding are turning to "Kickstarter."</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 04:00:01 +0000 Scott Pohl 18255 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Raising Money With Kickstarter reWorking Michigan: TV Show Encourages Kids and Adults to Keep Learning http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-tv-show-encourages-kids-and-adults-keep-learning <p>A new television series called LRN 101 is airing on WKAR TV.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s the brainchild of<a href="http://www.learnforourfuture.org/"> <em>Keep Learning</em></a>, a non-profit group committed to promoting education in the Lansing area.&nbsp;&nbsp; Our reWorking Michigan report looks at how the show can influence the perception of education.&nbsp;&nbsp; Mon, 28 May 2012 03:30:00 +0000 Gretchen Millich 17931 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: TV Show Encourages Kids and Adults to Keep Learning reWorking Michigan: Moving Products From Concept to Commercialization http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-moving-products-concept-commercialization <p>Earlier this year, Michigan State University created the MSU Innovation Center.&nbsp; The university has long paired inventors with private sector businesses whom it licenses to turn their ideas into products.&nbsp; Now, the new center will help create new start-up companies around MSU inventions.&nbsp; Mon, 21 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kevin Lavery 17633 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Moving Products From Concept to Commercialization reWorking Michigan: Insurance Companies Adjust to Helmetless Bikers http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-insurance-companies-adjust-helmetless-bikers <p>This week's reWorking Michigan story looks at how Michigan’s new law allowing motorcyclists to ride without a helmet is affecting insurance companies and agencies.</p> Mon, 14 May 2012 04:00:01 +0000 Scott Pohl 17177 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Insurance Companies Adjust to Helmetless Bikers reWorking Michigan: Autism Insurance Creates Job Opportunities http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-autism-insurance-creates-job-opportunities <p>Therapy for children with autism can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.&nbsp; Until now, that kind of treatment was unaffordable for many parents of autistic children.&nbsp; But a new Michigan law will soon require insurance companies to cover autism diagnosis and treatment for children and teenagers.&nbsp; This law is also expected to create&nbsp; hundreds or perhaps thousands of new jobs for people who are trained to treat autistic children. Mon, 07 May 2012 01:00:00 +0000 Gretchen Millich 16886 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Autism Insurance Creates Job Opportunities reWorking Michigan: Lansing's Energy Future May Be Up In The Air http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-lansings-energy-future-may-be-air <p>Last week, Mayor Virg Bernero announced that a series of small wind turbines would be installed on the roofs of City Hall and the Lansing Center in June.&nbsp; Generating electrical power from wind energy is part of Michigan&rsquo;s overall renewable energy strategy.&nbsp; But there&rsquo;s some debate as to whether the urban core is the best laboratory in which to try it out.&nbsp;&nbsp; Mon, 30 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kevin Lavery 16474 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Lansing's Energy Future May Be Up In The Air reWorking Michigan: A Store Within A Store http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-store-within-store <p>Leon G Jewelry moved from East Lansing into the Kositchek’s men’s clothing store in downtown Lansing four years ago. It’s an unusual arrangement in Lansing.</p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 04:00:01 +0000 Scott Pohl 16067 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: A Store Within A Store reWorking Michigan: Art Meets Academics at the Broad Museum http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-art-meets-academics-broad-museum <p>This week from reWorking Michigan, we look at the first project under development at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Land Grant Project will stretch the museum&rsquo;s mission, bringing artists into the classrooms at MSU. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 02:30:00 +0000 Gretchen Millich 15802 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Art Meets Academics at the Broad Museum reWorking Michigan: Workplace Safety Rules: Nuisance or Necessity? http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-workplace-safety-rules-nuisance-or-necessity <p>Our report this week looks at safety in the workplace.&nbsp; In 2011, the state of Michigan created the Workplace Safety Advisory Rules Committee.&nbsp; For months, its members combed through volumes of health and safety rules applying to a wide range of industries.&nbsp; The committee recommended eliminating hundreds of regulations it deemed obsolete or burdensome.&nbsp; State lawmakers are now considering that report.&nbsp; In the meantime, some labor groups say the recommendations go too far. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kevin Lavery 15408 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Workplace Safety Rules: Nuisance or Necessity? reWorking Michigan: Port Huron and Sault Ste. Marie Work To Expand Canadian Trade http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-port-huron-and-sault-ste-marie-work-expand-canadian-trade <p>For the last year, most of the cross-border attention has been paid to the debate over building a new bridge linking Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. However, things are also happening in Michigan’s other border cities to help businesses in Michigan and Ontario.</p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 04:00:01 +0000 Scott Pohl 15014 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Port Huron and Sault Ste. Marie Work To Expand Canadian Trade ReWorking Michigan: Fruit Growers Scramble to Mitigate Frost Damage http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-fruit-growers-scramble-mitigate-frost-damage <p>Record-breaking warm temperatures this spring have coaxed fruit trees and other perennial crops in Michigan to bud weeks ahead of schedule.&nbsp; Farmers are facing a much earlier growing season and several more weeks of anxiety over the threat of frost. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 02:30:00 +0000 Gretchen Millich 14698 at http://wkar.org ReWorking Michigan: Fruit Growers Scramble to Mitigate Frost Damage