Henry Ford Community College hosts “Imagine the Possibilities: Non-Traditional Careers for Women” on Nov. 7: Henry Ford Community College (HFCC) will host “Imagine the Possibilities: Non-Traditional Careers for Women” Monday, Nov. 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Fifty-One O One Restaurant, which is located in the Student and Culinary Arts Center on the main campus. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast. Several members of the HFCC faculty will speak about their respective academic areas and available career opportunities in their fields. The first individual to speak will be Kimberly Moscardelli of Computer Information Systems. She will be followed by Greg Osowski of Criminal Justice; Cathi Duling of Hospitality & Culinary Arts; Chad Austin of Job Placement Services; and Brenda Hildreth of Student Outreach & Support. Lunch will be available following speaking sessions, as well as a raffle. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome. However, people are encouraged to pre-register by contacting Brenda Redinger at (313) 845-9617 or via email at bredinger@hfcc.edu.

Right Place Offers West Michigan Economic Outlook: The 2012 Economic Outlook for West Michigan, the 15th annual regional economic and employment forecast, will be held from Dec. 14 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in Ballroom A of DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. Registration is $65 a person until Nov. 23 and $85 a person thereafter. Join The Right Place and its economic partners for an in-depth economic analysis and 2012 forecast for West Michigan. For the first time in the event’s 15-year history, The Right Place President and CEO Birgit Klohs will be joined by Doug Small, President of Experience Grand Rapids, Rick Baker, President and CEO of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, and George Erickcek, Upjohn Institute Senior Regional Analyst. Together these four community and business leaders will review regional, state and national industry trends as they impact West Michigan, its employment projections and economic forecast for 2012. More at www.rightplace.org. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Natalia Powers at 616-771-0327 or powersn@rightplace.org for information.

Compuware Sets Webcast On Meeting Mobile Expectations: Are you meeting your customers’ mobile experience expectations? According to Forrester Research, mobile commerce is booming: sales via mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, will grow 40 percent per year for the next five years, capturing $31 billion by 2016. With mobile your websites and applications are literally in your customers’ hands. But are you meeting their expectations? According to Compuware research 75 percent of the top U.S. retailers are not meeting mobile end-users’ web performance expectations. Speed and availability are key requirements of the mobile channel. Customers on tablets and smartphones expect quick transactions that work flawlessly anytime, anywhere. On Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. Eastern time, join featured speakers, Sucharita Mulpuru, Vice President, Principal Analyst from independent research firm Forrester Research, Inc., and Compuware APM CTO, Steve Tack, to learn about the current state of mobile commerce and key mobile trends, why tablet owners are a key component of mobile success, common mistakes that prohibit companies from capitalizing on the mobile opportunity, and best practices to deliver quality mobile web and application experiences to smartphone and tablet users. Register at this link.

Verizon Wireless Offers iPhone 4S Workshops: Verizon Wireless is offering a free wireless workshop on the iPhone 4 at the company’s Dearborn store, 24417 Ford Road, on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 5 to 6 p.m., and at the company’s Rochester Hills store, 3035 S. Rochester Road, on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.  Reservations are required by registering online at www.verizonwireless.com/workshops. Seating is limited. The workshop is geared toward helping customers get the most out of their device and will cover basic hardware functionality and features of the Apple iPhone 4 such as: iPod, photos, multitasking and The App Store. It also offers an open forum to address questions. Additionally, Verizon Wireless offers customers a free online learning center, making it easier and faster for customers to get the most out of their devices and services by learning the functions and features — on their own schedule. Log in for online tutorials anytime by visiting www.verizonwireless.com/learning.


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