DASI Press Release Banner


24 firms to share $1M Alley training fund

By Amy Haimerl | Reprinted from Crain's Detroit Business
Originally Published: February 17, 2014 3:01 AM | Modified: February 17, 2014 3:19 PM

Sam Rassam is a certified ethical hacker. 

That's right, he's officially certified to use his skills for good, not evil. 

"That certification is key," said Caleb Mitchell, director of quality and process integrations for Southfield-basedSecure-24 LLC. "Security and quality are key in our day-to-day operations. So for him to receive that kind of certification gives us clout in the industry."

Secure-24, a provider of cloud-based software services, was able to put Rassam — and others — through certification and training programs with a grant it won last year from Automation Alley.

Now, 24 more area businesses will share $1 million from the Troy-based technology business association'sTechnical Talent Development Program Challenge Fund. That money is expected to train 472 local employees. 

Automation Alley launched the program in 2012 with a $5 million federal grant, with the goal of helping local businesses ease their struggles to find good employees. The money can be used to train current employees or new hires. 

This year's winners are:

  • Ace Controls Inc., Farmington Hills
  • Applied Manufacturing Technologies LLC, Lake Orion
  • Baker College, Auburn Hills campus
  • Compuware Corp., Detroit
  • DASI Solutions LLC, Pontiac
  • Detroit Labs LLC, Detroit
  • ESG Automotive Inc., Troy
  • Future Help Designs, Pontiac
  • General Motors Co., Warren
  • Hirotec America Inc., Auburn Hills
  • Logic Solutions Inc., Ann Arbor
  • Mobile Comply LLC, Pontiac
  • MOBIS North America LLC, Farmington Hills
  • Oakland Schools, Waterford Township
  • Pixo Group, Southfield
  • Plastipak Packaging Inc., Plymouth
  • R&E Automated, Macomb Township
  • Research Into Internet Systems, Troy
  • Saline Lectronics Inc., Saline
  • Softura Inc., Farmington Hills
  • Stout Systems Development Inc., Ann Arbor
  • Total Solutions Inc., Brighton
  • W3R Consulting, Southfield
  • ZenaComp Inc., Farmington Hills

Last year, Automation Alley gave $750,000 to 13 local companies, which resulted in training for 287 employees. 

"In the auto capital of the world, with engineers making the shift to technology, it gives us the opportunity to take that experience and education and help give them certification paths and become more marketable," said Mitchell. 

His company used the grant to not only help Rassam but to bolster its internal training program. 

"To get the kind of talent we all need, you have one of two approaches," he said. "You can go to the market and hire somebody with all of that experience, which means they may be out of state. Or you can grow it internally. Secure24 grows our own talent." 

Amy Haimerl: (313) 446-0416, ahaimerl@crain.com . Twitter: //www.twitter.com/@haimerlad" target="_blank" style="outline: none; color: rgb(229, 0, 0);">@haimerlad