Detroit’s TechTown seeks professionals shifting from corporate careers to job opportunities


DETROIT, March 29, 2011 — TechTown, the Wayne State University research park and business incubator, is hosting a Shifting Gears training program that begins April 15, 2011. Shifting Gears is for seasoned professionals looking to shift into new career opportunities that allow them to contribute to success by leveraging their business knowledge and experience in new ways. TechTown will offer three information sessions for anyone interested in learning more about this opportunity. 

“Shifting Gears helps executives from large corporations transfer their skill sets to new opportunities,” said Entrepreneurial Talent Champion Faris Alami, who is organizing the Shifting Gears program at TechTown. “It helps them find the jobs of the future in our new economy and gives them powerful career development tools.”

The goal of Shifting Gears is to increase the success of individuals who want to leverage their career experiences and education to help small businesses grow. The program seeks highly skilled and talented professionals who want to increase their effectiveness and capabilities for the dynamic environment of small business. 

This four-month program’s results are impressive: 35 percent of participants land new jobs within 3 months, 55 percent land positions within 6 months, and 80 percent find work within 9 or more months. 

Anyone interested in applying for Shifting Gears must attend a free information session. Three information sessions will be held at TechTown: 

  • Thursday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, April 4 from 9 to 11 a.m.; and Monday
  • April 11 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

Register for a session at

While the information session is free, the Shifting Gears program does have a cost. Please note that to apply for the Shifting Gears program, you must attend an information session.

If you have questions, please contact TechTown Entrepreneurial Talent Champion Faris Alami at (313) 879-4482 or 

BOOM! The New EconomyThis Shifting Gears offering is sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and is hosted and organized by TechTown. It is an excellent opportunity for workers 40-plus and is recommended by BOOM! The New Economy, an initiative to bring events, training programs, resources, volunteer and learning opportunities together for adults 40+ and promote the value and importance of southeast Michigan’s 40+ talent in the regional economy. 


TechTown is an urban community of entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and partners creating an internationally influential village in Detroit. TechTown brings the resources of Wayne State University to high-technology startup companies to diversify and strengthen Michigan’s economy in high-growth emerging industries. For more information, visit