Ann Arbor Symposium To Focus On Food Safety: The Global Food Protection Institute and global public health organization NSF International will host a symposium on Oct. 29-30 in Ann Arbor that will focus on global food safety and FDA’s newly proposed rules in response to the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011. FSMA reflects the most significant changes to U.S. food safety laws in over 50 years. For the first time, private-sector third-party food safety audits of foreign food facilities will be recognized by U.S. regulatory agencies including FDA and Customs & Border Protection. This novel approach breaks new ground for all stakeholders and generates questions this symposium will begin to address. The program, titled “Global Food Safety: The Intersection of Government Regulations, Private Standards, Third-Party Audits, and Certification” will feature speakers from regulatory, industry, and public-advocacy groups involved in food protection. NSF International is offering a half-day pre-symposium workshop focused on third-party audits at its headquarters Oct. 29. The full-day symposium on Oct. 30 will be held at the Ann Arbor Marriott at Eagle Crest. Participants can expect to hear engaging speakers on the impacts of FSMA rules, pathways to compliance and evaluating auditor competency. For more information, visit

Monroe County CC, DTE, Consumers Team Up To Offer Energy Efficiency Info: Interested in using less energy and saving more money? Monroe County Community College, DTE Energy and Consumers Energy have teamed up to offer residential and commercial energy customers in the county two free information sessions on electric energy efficiency incentive programs. The first information session will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in Room 2 of the Whitman Center, 7777 Lewis Ave. in Temperance. Gordon Plourde, an energy advisor with the Consumers Energy Business Solutions Program, will present. The second session will be held Thursday, Oct. 24 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in Rooms 259 and 260 of the La-Z-Boy Center on MCCC’s Main Campus, 1555. S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe. Derek Kirchner, program manager for the Electric Energy Efficiency Program at DTE Energy, will present. Energy Optimization is a program that the state enacted to increase energy awareness across Michigan by providing education on how to save energy; encourage residential and business customers to save energy in existing and new facilities by using available technology, programs and rebates; and reduce the electric and natural gas demand in Michigan. RSVP with Barry Kinsey, director of workforce development at MCCC, at (734) 384-4124 or

Monroe County CC To Host First NW Ohio-SE Michigan Solidworks User Group Conference: Monroe County Community College’s Applied Science and Engineering Technology Division will host the inaugural Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio SolidWorks User Group Conference Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Career Technology Center on MCCC’s Main Campus, 1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe. SolidWorks is 3-D parametric modeling software that is widely used in mechanical design and engineering applications. The conference is an opportunity for SolidWorks users to network with colleagues and peers to see how others are using the software in their workplace. It is free and open to students, teachers, designers, engineers, employers and anyone with an interested in SolidWorks and the mechanical design industry. The Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio SolidWorks User Group is led by Dean Kerste, MCCC professor of mechanical design technology, who recently became a Certified SolidWorks Expert, the highest level of proficiency in using the software. He is the only educator in Michigan who holds that certification. Kerste recently presented a case study at the SolidWorks World 2013 Conference on how Monroe County Community College addressed the needs of area employers by developing classes that prepare students for the Certified SolidWorks Associate and Certified SolidWorks Professional exams. In addition, Kerste outlined how those certifications meet the Carl D. Perkins Core Indicators of Performance.Platinum sponsors of the event include DTE Energy and Fedco. OPTIS is a Gold sponsor. To register for the conference, go to For more information, contact Kerste at or (734) 384-4121.


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