About Advance

ken15Ken Handwerger has had a 40+ year career in education, training & development, and human resource management in the public education, university, and corporate sectors before starting “Advance” a Training and HR Support Services consulting company.


    • Special Tree Rehabilitation Co. (16 years, retired)
      (A 575 employee healthcare company providing comprehensive rehabilitation services to patients with brain, spinal cord, and multiple trauma injury—a nationally recognized leader in this field)

      • Director, Human Resources & Training
      • Company named one of the Top Places to Work in MI 2010 through 2014 from the Detroit Free Press annual competition based on employee survey feedback administered by Workplace Dynamics
      • Company received the Michigan Quality Council’s highest statewide Overall Quality award in 2010 (the MI Baldrige competition) based heavily on HR metrics, employee engagement, and quality training
      • Developed comprehensive new employee & in-service training programs
      • Established/expanded/streamlined/automated HR systems and processes
      • Developed and taught an internal Leadership Institute program


    • Ford Motor Co.
      • Full-Time Independent Contractor for 12 years for multiple training and employee development programs and services to the Car Product Development Division
      • Process improvement
      • Employee Health & Wellness
      • Suggestion Program


    • Eastern Michigan University
      • 1st Director of Staff Training & Development
      • Assessed needs and coordinated various training programs for multiple university employee groups


  • K-12 Public Education
    • Teacher
    • Curriculum Coordinator
    • Administrator


  • University of Michigan
    HRD: Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Development
  • University of Michigan
    MA: Education
  • Ohio State University
    BA: English/Social Science


  • Certified Program Examiner for MI Quality Council
  • Certified Franklin Covey Trainer in Two Programs
  • Received “Excellence in Training” State Award from MI Brain Injury Association, 2005
  • Received “Commendation” acknowledgment from CARF Accreditation Survey for excellence in training


  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Greater Ann Arbor Society for Human Resource Management
  • Ann Arbor Chapter Association for Talent Development
  • SCORE (Senior Corps of Retired Executives)


  • Project Manager to The Brain Injury Association of America to develop a preparation course for the national examination for professional certification as a Brain Injury Specialist.
  • Served 6 years on national advisory board for the Brain Injury Professional Certification Program through the Brain Injury Association of America, Washington, DC
  • Washtenaw Literacy Volunteer
  • Back Door Food Pantry Volunteer