Friday, January 09, 1998
Grand Rapids Business Journal, will provide an overview of the western Michigan plastics industry, why it is growing and what challenges it faces. Tim Quinn, former president of the MichiganVirtual Auto College and expert on virtual learning, will unveil plans for a virtual plastics college that is hoped to be operational by the end of the year. Jim Gingrich, chief engineer of Cascade Engineering, will showcase how the firm designed and engineered the plastic car for the global marketplace.In addition to the major presentations, there will be four breakout sessions covering school-to-work and careers in the plastics industry, the future of plastics, technology resources for plastics companies and a demonstration of how distance learning can help solve the plastics industry's training needs.Jim Nicholas, president of Nicholas Plastics, will provide a futuristic look at the plastics industry; Ted Curtis, vocational-technical director of the Kent Career and Technical Center, will conduct a demonstration on how distance learning can be used to train workers at different locations; Dr. Richard Zinser, an expert on careers in plastics and author of the Roundtable's school-to-work guide, will moderate a panel on careers and school-to-work programs; and Chuck Ryan of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will moderate a panel on the technology resources that are available to plastics companies.The Town Hall begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 12:15 p.m. There is no fee for attendance, but advanced registration is encouraged due to space limitations of 150 persons.The Grand Rapids meeting is one of four town halls that will be held statewide, culminating in the Roundtable's second plastics summit in May 1999. For more information on registering for the conference contact the Michigan Jobs Commission at (517) 373-9808.