Category: Tech MBA Online

FREE Career Re-Tool Workshop: Feb 1, 2011

The third Career Re-Tool Workshop with a special panel discussion about “Re-Educating our Workforce” will take place on February 1, 2011 at the Engineering Society of Detroit in Southfield, MI. The event is sponsored by Michigan Tech’s School of Business and Economics Tech MBA Online program.

The workshop features panelists and speakers from LinkedIn, General Motors, Michigan Works, and Sakti3. The Keynote session will be led by CEO of Sakti3 Dr. Ann Marie Sastry launching educational, research and business efforts to support the growing vehicle electrification industry.

Registration Link: http://www.careerretool.eventbrite.com

Workshop Information

Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm (Registration starts at 5:00pm)
Cost: FREE
Location: Engineering Society of Detroit 20700 Civic Center Drive Southfield, MI 48076 (View on map.)

Workshop Agenda

  • Re-Educating Michigan Workforce: The Startup Story of Sakti3 – Dr. Ann Marie Sastry
  • Re-Educating our Workforce Panel Discussion: Dr. Terry J. Woychowski, Dr. Ann Marie Sastry, Lauren Rosen, David B. O’Ryan, and Hajj Flemings (Moderator)
  • How LinkedIn is Connecting Talent and Opportunity – David B. O’Ryan, LinkedIn.com
  • The Value of an MBA – Hajj E. Flemings, Tech MBA Online

Workshop Description

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? In uncertain economic times, it’s very important to evaluate your career planning strategy and to position yourself to grow personally and professionally. The Michigan Technological University Tech MBA Online program is hosting their third Career Re-Tool Workshop at the Engineering Society of Detroit in Southfield, MI.

This is a must attend event for job seekers, those in career transitions and people who want to re-tool themselves for promotion in a challenging job market. Attendees will have the opportunity to evaluate educational opportunities and the value of higher education in reference to their career objectives.

This free event is open to the public and will empower people to strategically re-tool their careers by re-thinking education, social networks to aid in job search, and personal branding to position themselves for success.


Businessweek states 2011 MBA Job Outlook is Bright

Are you focusing on your career opportunities in 2011? According to Bloomberg Businessweek Writer Alison Damast who published “2011 MBA Job Outlook is Bright” last week, it’s a good time.

In a recent survey conducted by the MBA Career Services Council, “81 percent of career officers said they expected internship hiring to improve, up from 60 percent in 2009.”

Michigan Tech is no exception. The 2010 Spring Career Fair posted the highest percentage of companies recruiting business students in the history of the Fair. The 2011 Spring Career Fair 2011, scheduled for Tuesday, February 22, 2011, already has 111 companies signed up to attend.

Damast’s article also cited another reason for the bright outlook: “The encouraging hiring picture comes as business schools have changed some of the tactics they use to help students find employment. For example, this year 64 percent of schools said they saw an uptick in direct referrals of students to employers. Additionally, 58 saw an increase in alumni-initiated hiring of students.”

“The School of Business and Economics is engaged in an ongoing initiative to develop relationships with companies who are seeking out Michigan Tech business and MBA students,” said Dean Darrell Radson.

Mindovo, out of Winnetka, IL is one of those companies. Last fall, Mindovo’s founder, Tony Mars, and recent Tech MBA graduate, Kaari Nevanen, hosted an information session specifically to recruit current MBA students for their company.

“Companies who hire from Michigan Tech, like Mindovo, are continually impressed with the abilities of our graduates. Our goal at the School is to create career opportunities for our students and we’ll be doing it long after 2011 comes and goes.”


Graduate Fellowship Opportunity for military, Peace Corps, and AmeriCorps

Michigan Tech has instituted a new fellowship program for graduate students who have served in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps or the military.

In its first semester of operation, the National Service Graduate Fellowship covers as much as 30 percent of tuition, but its benefits extend beyond financial assistance.

Read the complete story in Tech Today.

If you have questions about this fellowship or want to discuss your opportunities further, contact the Director of Graduate Business Programs by calling 906-487-3055 or by emailing mba@mtu.edu.


Husband and Wife Pursue MBA, Thanks to Scholarship

Brendan ‘05 and Christine ‘06 Andrews graduated from Michigan Tech with degrees in civil and mechanical engineering. After working for a few years in the Appleton, Wisconsin, area, the couple wanted to further their education and increase their career opportunities.

The Tech MBA Online has been a nice fit, they said. Being able to complete courses while remaining in their current jobs has been great. Getting a break on tuition is even greater!

“The online program is the perfect way for working students to obtain a meaningful degree while continuing their careers,” said Christine.

“And the scholarship has helped us immensely,” added Brendan. “Pursuing MBA degrees is a big change in our financial situation, and we wouldn’t have been able to take advantage of this opportunity without the scholarship.”

The Tech MBA Online will welcome its second class in fall 2011, and the Dean’s Scholarship of $2,000 is available now.

Dean’s Scholarship

Supported by generous alums, the Dean’s Scholarship has been brought back this year to provide financial assistance to those who are enrolled in the program. For $2,000 off the cost of the program, enroll by January 15th.  View complete details of the scholarship.

Referral Benefit

New this year, the School of Business and Economics is implementing a referral program to recruit top students into the Tech MBA® Online program. Refer a friend or coworker for the Tech MBA® Online and once that person is enrolled into the program, you’ll receive $250 off your next tuition bill. Learn more about the Referral Benefit.

**These opportunities are only available to individuals interested in the Tech MBA® Online at this time. View the on-campus Tech MBA financial information.

Priority Registration

The Tech MBA® Online has also announced its priority registration schedule for admission into the program this Fall. Completed applications are considered as they are received.

  • Priority application deadline: January 15th
  • Second wave application deadline: March 1st
  • Final application deadline: May 1st

View additional admissions information for the Tech MBA® Online.


Michigan Tech MBA Online featured in Businessweek

The “new kid on the block” is getting noticed.

Michigan Tech’s online MBA was launched in fall of 2010 and is already getting good coverage from national sources.  Bloomberg Businessweek’s web site has listed the program under its “Distance Learning” section.

“We are pleased to see our new Tech MBA® Online Program getting this well-deserved attention,” says School of Business and Economics Dean Darrell Radson.

The two-year Tech MBA® Online focuses on technology and innovation management.  The degree incorporates a solid foundation of fundamental business disciplines including a global perspective.  Training professionals to be ethical leaders who manage financially sound but sustainable organizations is also a program goal.  Cohorted in design, the degree includes two weekend residencies and a week-long international residency.

According to Radson, “The uniqueness of our program centers on its connection to technology.  We are using the expertise of our university and our business school to train students to take new ideas and concepts and move them into new products and new businesses. The goal of this MBA is to help our students become leaders who know how to implement good ideas, leading to innovative products or new innovations within companies.  This, in turn, will help our economy succeed.”

For more information about the Tech MBA® Online, visit www.mbaonline.mtu.edu or call the School of Business and Economics Graduate Program Director, Ruth Archer: 906-487-3055.