Girls Who Code Club
Sep
17
to Dec 20

Girls Who Code Club

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Girls Who Code is a free, after-school club for 6th-12th grade girls to explore coding in a fun and friendly environment.

There will be three Girls Who Code Clubs starting at Calvin College again this fall. All three clubs will begin the week of September 17, 2018. Clubs meet from 6-8 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays Space is limited in each level to ensure that every member has a great experience.. Registration is now open.

To learn or get involved as a volunteer, contact gwccalvin@gmail.com

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Michigan Made Mixer
Oct
11
6:00 PM18:00

Michigan Made Mixer

Do you have new hires who are new to West Michigan? The Michigan Made Mixer is just for them. The intimate party is co-hosted by Hello West Michigan and 616 Lofts to provide a chance for the newly relocated to learn more about the community and meet new people. Registration will open in September.

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ReThink West Michigan
Nov
21
5:30 PM17:30

ReThink West Michigan

This casual, professional networking event on Thanksgiving Eve, a popular time for former Michiganders to travel back “home,” is designed to show attendees why it’s time to take another looking at living and working in West Michigan.

ReThink West Michigan is now a multi-location event! Through partnerships with Pure Michigan Talent Connect and the West Michigan Economic Development Collaborative, ReThink will take place simultaneously around West Michigan. 

If your company is interested in participating in 2018, please contact Rachel Bartels at bartelsr@hellowestmichigan.com. Employer registration will officially open in August, but it doesn’t hurt to get your name on a waiting list. Candidate registration will open in September.

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MiCareerQuest 2019
Apr
23
to Apr 24

MiCareerQuest 2019

MiCareerQuest is an innovative and experiential career-exploration event for West Michigan students from grades 6-12. The event allows students to gain exposure to a variety of tech careers through hands-on exhibits and interaction with local IT professionals. These experiences get students excited about careers in tech and showcase the many opportunities available in West Michigan. Check out a video showcasing some of the creative, hands-on exhibits here.

Exhibit set-up will occur on Tuesday, April 23 with the day-long event happening Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

To learn more about MiCareerQuest or to sign up to participate, check out the website.

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Project Rising TIDE Launch Party
Sep
13
5:30 PM17:30

Project Rising TIDE Launch Party

Grand Circus is excited to host a launch party celebrating the kickoff of the new Project  Rising TIDE initiative with the City of Grand Rapids. 

Project Rising TIDE is all about making sure everyone has access to earning a career in tech if they want one. Our goal is to connect local residents to introductory and advanced coding training opportunities while enhancing the talent pool to support local companies. We believe that “a rising tide lifts all boats.” By actively supporting both people and businesses, we all grow stronger together.

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AGENDA

  • 5:30pm—Hors d'oeuvres/drinks, resource fair tabling, networking
  • 6:00pm—Welcome from City Leadership; Grand Circus and Project Rising TIDE overview
  • 6:30pm—"Tecquity" panel discussion moderated by Commissioner Joe Jones
  • 7:30pm—Networking
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Hello Connections
Aug
27
3:30 PM15:30

Hello Connections

Hello Connections is hosted by Hello West Michigan. The networking event is designed to connect job seekers with West Michigan employers. Hello West Michigan member employers are eligible to send recruiters to meet with job seekers.

Learn more and become a member of Hello West Michigan.

Want to get involved? Contact Rachel Bartels at bartelsr@hellowestmichigan.com.

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Lunch & Learn: Applying, Receiving & Utilizing Training Funds
Aug
24
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn: Applying, Receiving & Utilizing Training Funds

WMTT is hosting lunch and learn to discuss best practices for getting awarded and utilizing training funding. West Michigan IT companies were awarded around $400,000 in training reimbursement last year. We want to help more technology companies leverage training dollars to meet their talent needs! See how training funding can support your ongoing employee development and new-hire training.

Agenda

12:00pm: Lunch Served

12:00-12:15pm: Review of Program Elements

12:15-12:45pm: Employer roundtable – sharing strategies/best practices

12:45-1:00pm: Q&A

Don’t forget to attend one of the Going PRO Talent Fund general information sessions! These sessions will include a high level overview of the Going Pro Talent Fund process including review of rules, regulations and an overview of the fund. Sessions across the region will be held the week of August 20th. Register today at https://going-pro-talent-fund.eventbrite.com

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Going PRO Talent Fund Information Sessions
Aug
23
10:15 AM10:15

Going PRO Talent Fund Information Sessions

The Going PRO Talent Fund, formerly known as the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) program, provides competitive awards to employers for training leading to increased employee productivity and increased competitiveness of Michigan businesses.

The Going PRO Talent Fund information sessions will cover:

  • Program Elements
  • Employer Participation
  • Eligibility
  • Allowable Training
  • Reporting and Metrics
  • Criteria for Funding Approval

The grant process is competitive and funds are allocated quickly. Employers in our region must submit an application through West Michigan Works! to qualify. A complete and accurate application is critical, and attending an information session is the best way to get started!

Register today at https://going-pro-talent-fund.eventbrite.com

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Hello West Michigan Member Roundtable
Aug
16
8:00 AM08:00

Hello West Michigan Member Roundtable

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Roundtables are an opportunity for Hello West Michigans membership to come together, learn about topics related to talent attraction and retention, discuss issues openly, and meet other members. Anyone from your team is invited to attend, not just recruiters.

As a reminder, Roundtables are only open to employees of Hello West Michigan member companies. If you are interested in attending as a potential member company, please contact Rachel Bartels at bartelsr@hellowestmichigan.com.

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The Future of Work: Intro to Artificial Intelligence Workshop
Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

The Future of Work: Intro to Artificial Intelligence Workshop

The Midwest Tech Project is very excited to announce "The Future Of Work": Intro To Artificial Intelligence Workshop facilitated by TrainX.AI at Start Garden Wednesday July 25th 6-8pm. TrainX.AI is a Detroit based company that works to empower people by preparing them for the work force of the future.


TrainX's mission is to create a pipeline Artificial Intelligence engineers that are highly skilled, marketable, & industry ready. Not only does this entity educate people on how to learn new technology but they also strengthen their problem-solving skills which helps people to use this powerful new technology in an ethical highly beneficial way. We are excited to bring in this company to demo their work & introduce the Grand Rapids community to how this disruptive new tech will enhance our quality of life. More Details coming Soon

Register on Facebook or at TheMidwestTechProject@gmail.com

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BizStream Academy Summer Coding Bootcamp
Jul
23
to Aug 10

BizStream Academy Summer Coding Bootcamp

Learn to code in BizStream's fun (and air-conditioned) office: BizStream Academy is an introduction to code in West Michigan. Learn useful web development skills from passionate mentors in a friendly, helpful environment. Get a mentor who will work with you to improve your code. Leave with new skills, a website you built yourself, and some super awesome swag. Important: Due to the learning curve and the pace of the classes, students must be at least 14 years old to attend BizStream Academy.

Classes are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:00 - 5:00 PM ESTPlease note we have limited seats available. Registrations are on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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MCWT - Camp Infinity (Holland)
Jul
16
to Jul 19

MCWT - Camp Infinity (Holland)

Camp Infinity introduces girls to computer and internet technologies through hands-on activities. Campers are split into two groups according to the Fall 2018 grade level: 5th-6th grade and 7th-8th grade. Campers in grades 5th-6th will study video game design concepts and robotics. Campers in grades 7th-8th will study robotics and mobile app design concepts. In addition, students will participate in mini- sessions that highlight programming skills and real-world uses of technology. Campers will also get an opportunity to meet with women who work in technological fields and explore career options in technology. 

Can you get involved by volunteering or providing some company swag for the event?

Contact CampInfinity@mcwt.org

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Grand Circus DEVELOP(HER): Bootcamp Scholarship for Women
Jul
16
to Aug 8

Grand Circus DEVELOP(HER): Bootcamp Scholarship for Women

Grand Circus will be offering the DEVELOP(her) Scholarships at both their Detroit and Grand Rapids campuses. They will be offering 10 scholarships to women in 2018, which will cover the cost of one of their coding bootcamps.

Applications for the October DEVELOP(her) scholarships will open on July 16. We encourage anyone that is interested to apply through the bootcamp application process, applications for the DEVELOP(her) scholarship will close August 8.

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MCWT - Camp Infinity (Grand Rapids)
Jul
9
to Jul 12

MCWT - Camp Infinity (Grand Rapids)

  • Kent Intermediate School District (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Camp Infinity introduces girls to computer and internet technologies through hands-on activities. Campers are split into two groups according to the Fall 2018 grade level: 5th-6th grade and 7th-8th grade. Campers in grades 5th-6th will study video game design concepts and robotics. Campers in grades 7th-8th will study robotics and mobile app design concepts. In addition, students will participate in mini- sessions that highlight programming skills and real-world uses of technology. Campers will also get an opportunity to meet with women who work in technological fields and explore career options in technology. 

Can you get involved by volunteering or providing some company swag for the event?

Contact CampInfinity@mcwt.org

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