Category: Business

Two Davenport University Leaders Named ‘Notable Women in Education Leadership’
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Two Davenport University Leaders Named ‘Notable Women in Education Leadership’

Dr. Karen Daley, dean of the College of Health Professions and Lisa Howze, vice president of Davenport University’s Detroit campus and strategic partnerships, have been named to the 2019 Crain’s Detroit Business Notable Women in Education Leadership list. Both honorees were chosen for their outstanding leadership in education and their notable contributions to Davenport University....

Bringing Innovative Strategies to Rural Communities
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Bringing Innovative Strategies to Rural Communities

Davenport’s 2019 Young Alumni Award recipient Valarie Handy ’08 considers herself a translator for rural communities. Handy works as an Innovation Center Analyst for the Federal Government through the US Department of Agriculture, Rural Development (USDA-RD). Handy’s Division is tasked with providing data and evidence related to program performance and strategic investing with the ultimate...

Improving the lives of children and families across Southeast Michigan
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Improving the lives of children and families across Southeast Michigan

Described as a transformational leader, Kylee Mitchell Wells ‘03, was hired at Ballmer Group in December 2017 as Executive Director – Southeast Michigan. She leads philanthropic efforts in the area, developing and managing a multi-million dollar budget for Southeast Michigan grants and initiatives. “I am thrilled to be a part of Ballmer Group’s team making...

Davenport University, Mercantile Bank of Michigan Partner to Offer Education Scholarship
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Davenport University, Mercantile Bank of Michigan Partner to Offer Education Scholarship

Newly established partnership offsets education costs for Mercantile Bank employees and dependents Davenport University recently announced that it has developed a partnership with Mercantile Bank to offer an educational scholarship to their employees and dependents.    With the unemployment rate for Michigan as low as 4% in March 2019, organizations must find new and creative...

Transforming a passion for the outdoors into a thriving business
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Transforming a passion for the outdoors into a thriving business

Caleb Adrianson ‘17, owner of Great Lakes Outpost, is no stranger to retail marketing. He started working in his dad’s shop, Firehouse Guitars, when he was 12 years old. The business model that his father established – having a storefront and acting as a third-party online seller – had been successful. His father’s business was...

Higher Education Impacting the Workforce | Dr. Richard Pappas on Connect with KB
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Higher Education Impacting the Workforce | Dr. Richard Pappas on Connect with KB

Dr. Pappas talks with Kristin Beltzer host of Connect with KB, a Spotlight Radio Network/Business Rap production, about the impact of higher education on the workforce. “We’re doing things differently. Not just to do things differently but because it not only benefits students, it benefits employers,” said Dr. Richard Pappas, president of Davenport University. Davenport builds programs...

Alumni Success Story: Chris Tarkowski ’08
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Alumni Success Story: Chris Tarkowski ’08

Chris Tarkowski ‘08 realizes how fortunate he is in the choices he’s made throughout his life. He’s served in the Marines, partnered on two prosperous businesses and is working his way upward in his career. Yet, he is humbled by his success and draws from his experience to give back to his community. Tell us...

Alumni Success Story: Brittany Edwards ’18, MM
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Alumni Success Story: Brittany Edwards ’18, MM

Brittany Edwards ‘18 has worked for the State of Michigan since she was a high school student. Through hard work and education, she moved up in her department and found a passion for advocating on behalf of both employees and her employer as a labor relations specialist. Tell us about yourself. Family, life, background, interests…...

DTE Energy partners with Davenport University to offer Corporate Education Scholarship
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DTE Energy partners with Davenport University to offer Corporate Education Scholarship

At a plaque signing event on April 4, DTE Energy became an official partner of Davenport University’s Corporate Education Scholarship. Through the partnership, up to 50 DTE employees will have access to renewable scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 per year. The Corporate Education Scholarship was created in January 2018 by Davenport University’s Institute for...

Alumni Success Story: Quinton Adkins ’16, MBA
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Alumni Success Story: Quinton Adkins ’16, MBA

When Quinton Adkins ‘16 graduated high school he didn’t see himself as a life-long learner. However, with a job at a furniture manufacturer, the support of co-workers and the advantages of an undergraduate degree, he began to see the value of a graduate degree. And Davenport University afforded him the opportunity to pursue one. Tell...

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