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Training Qualified Software Developers Meeting Nov. 21

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 8:00-10:00 AM
Traverse City Michigan Works!, 1209 S. Garfield, Traverse City
Breakfast Served (RSVP requested).


Due to the shortage of software developers in our region, we are extending a breakfast meeting invitation to local companies that need qualified software developers. The purpose of this meeting is to get valuable input on effective and efficient ways to develop that talent with a shortened lead time, through a combination of classroom and on-the-job training.   

Northwestern Michigan College was selected by a state granting agency to lead a consortium of colleges to develop an employer-designed software developer training program. They were selected based on their previous experience: using industry-based certifications to accelerate the production of better industry-aligned, and therefore more qualified, software developers. The first step of the grant process is to gain input from you about the specific curriculum and work-based learning partnership.

How often do you waste time and money training inexperienced software developers, only to have them leave after a few months? How much effort does your company put in while attempting to recruit experienced software developers with minimal success? This is an excellent opportunity for you to design and grow our next generation of coders! We want to hear from you!

Individually, we will all continue to struggle with recruitment, ongoing training and retention of software developers, but together, we can form a local solution! Please join us.



8:00-8:15 AM                     Arrival and Breakfast

8:15 -8:30 AM                    Welcome and Overview

8:30- 9:30 AM                    Discussion of Training Curriculum & Format

9:30-10:00 AM                   Wrap-up and Next Steps                             


Please RVSP by Monday, Nov. 18 to Sharon at 922-3757,,
or contact a Northwest Michigan Works! Business Liaison.                 





Our Township greatly benefits from Network Northwest's experience, depth of knowledge and understanding. Because they work with so many diverse communities in our ten-county region they understand the local land-use issues and are already working on solutions by the time we realize we need some help.

Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission