DETROIT (WWJ) – TechTown, the Wayne State University research park and business incubator, is hosting a Shifting Gears training program that begins April 15.

Shifting Gears is for seasoned professionals looking to shift into new career opportunities that allow them to contribute to success by using their business knowledge and experience in new ways.

“Shifting Gears helps executives from large corporations transfer their skill sets to new opportunities,” program organizer Faris Alami said. “It helps them find the jobs of the future in our new economy and gives them powerful career development tools.”

The program seeks highly skilled and talented professionals who want to increase their effectiveness and capabilities for the dynamic environment of small business.

Alami said the program has had a great deal of success in the past, with 35 percent of the participants landing new jobs with in three months.

“Although we’re doing these orientations for new people, the cohorts who have graduated from the program show up just to share their stories and testify for how it transformed them to who they are today,” Alami said.

In addition to those who find jobs within three months, 55 percent land positions within six months and 80 percent find work within a year.

Anyone interested in applying for Shifting Gears must attend a free information session on Monday, April 11 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Registration is required. Click here to register.

While the information session is free, the Shifting Gears program does have a cost. Please note that to apply for the Shifting Gears program, you must attend an information session.

If you have questions, contact Alami at (313) 879-4482 or


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