According to Mike Kidder of Altair, the company received over 200 applications for its
training/update program for displaced workers in southeastern Michigan (details below).
December course offerings were completely booked within 48 hours of the announcement.
Writes Kidder, "We are keeping a waiting list [and] will be announcing new course dates
in early January. It’s very definitely something we intend to continue to build upon in 2009."

Such economic gloom everywhere – it’s heartening to hear of a group that’s trying
something new.