MCC President Jim Jacobs

MCC President Jim Jacobs

Economist and Macomb Community College President Jim Jacobs delivered his 28th annual economic forecast for Macomb County on Thursday.
His bottom line: “There are, I think, enormous reasons for optimism.”
Could it be? People in southeast Michigan may actually find jobs this year?
Nobody, of course, is screaming happy days are here again. And all good economic news comes with an asterisk. But after living under the dark cloud of a “jobless recovery” for a few years (exactly when did all this begin?) we’ll welcome any silver lining.

Even if you did just land in Macomb County from Mars, you’d likely realize that our financial well-being is connected to the health of the auto industry. It’s this time of the year that we celebrate our four-wheeled friends and put them, literally, on pedestals.

Gawkers delay at the auto show for a Camaro.

Gawkers delay at the auto show for a Camaro.

Jacobs stresses that the rebound of the auto industry is significant, but only part of the picture. Other reasons for the county’s renewal range from Nautical Miles, to defense corridors, to hospital complexes.

Many, many churches have responded to the joblessness crisis, setting up support groups, networking, training, workshops and more to help the unemployed. People in charge of these groups tell me that fewer and fewer people are attending the sessions, and they attribute it to job seekers getting back into the workforce.

Three Rochester-area Catholic parishes — St. Andrew, St. Irenaeus and St. Mary’s of the Hills — used to each meet regularly. Now, attendance has waned so much, the groups will hold combined meetings, and there will only be one meeting a month.

This is from an email group members received:

“Thank you for all of the amazing career support you have provided me over  the past couple of years. Your events have helped me to reinvent myself,  discover my worth, and strengthen my sense of security as I transitioned my career,” stated Bonnie T., a regular attendee.

It can be scary being tossed out of the working world. (duh) How’s this for a daunting job description?


    • Work within a team environment to create new and maintain existing applications
    • Interact with solution creation team to refine business and user requirements
    • Participate in all phases of development cycle including: detailed design, coding, unit test, debugging, and deployment
    • Assist in physical and logical database design
    • Support quality assurance testing and production installations
    • Provide advice to Technical Architects on proposals, estimates and the creation of detailed specifications required for technical design
    • Ensure that standards and guidelines including coding standards and best practices are followed and maintained
    • Stay current with and learn new technologies as necessary

Skill and Experience Requirements:

    • 5+ years of applications development/software development or relative IT experience
    • 5+ years of experience with ASP.NET, C#, JavaScript, AJAX, CSS, and Web Services
    • Experience developing large-scale, distributed, and enterprise-wide applications
    • Broad experience with web technologies, servers, platforms and browsers
    • Strong problem solving skills and creativity
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Must be able to work under routinely tight deadlines
    • Must be able to pick up new technologies quickly
    • Degree in Computer Science / Engineering preferred
    • U.S. or a Canadian citizen is required for biweekly meetings

At least I’ve got that last criteria met! I must have slept through those other courses at college.

How strong is this jobs recovery? How long will it last? What will happen to those left behind without any skills? Like I said earlier, nobody is dancing in the streets. Let us just be thankful for the good news we have.