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Post-Secondary Education

The Detroit region is booming with higher education resources that feed the growing need for high-level talent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, downtown Detroit experienced a 59 percent increase in the number of college-educated residents under the age of 35 in the last decade. The University Research Corridor – a partnership between the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University – is the third highest spending “innovation cluster” in the United States, spending $1.9 billion on research and development in 2010 alone.

Much of this educational excellence is focused on technology. The University of Michigan ranks seventh among engineering/technology and computer science programs in the world. Michigan State University’s supply chain management program is ranked #1 for undergraduates and #2 for graduates.

To feed the talent pipeline, the Detroit region’s colleges and universities, such as the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Lawrence Technological and others, rank in the top 10 for graduating students in each type of degree conferred. Detroit regional community colleges engage nearly 125,000 students and work with local companies to develop customized workforce training.

Public Colleges & Universities

The University of Michigan, founded in 1817, was the nation’s first state university and was recently ranked number 25 in U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of top universities.

Public College & Universities, 2013 Fall Enrollment

College/University City 2013 Fall Enrollment
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti 23,477
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant 26,902
Michigan State University Lansing 49,343
Oakland University Rochester 20,169
The University of Michigan/Ann Arbor Ann Arbor 43,710
The University of Michigan/Dearborn Dearborn 9,003
The University of Michigan/Flint Flint 8,555
Wayne State University Detroit 28,897

Source: President’s Council State Universities of Michigan.

Private Colleges & Universities

Private Colleges and Universities, 2013 Fall Enrollment

College/University City 2013 Fall Enrollment
Adrian College Adrian 1,658
Baker College (5 campuses) Auburn Hills 17,304
College for Creative Studies Detroit 1,423
Cleary University Ypsilanti 546
Concordia College Ann Arbor 740
Davenport University Grand Rapids 9,591
DeVry University Southfield  304
Kettering University Flint 1,985
Lawrence Technological University Southfield 4,002
Madonna University Livonia 4,399
Marygrove College Detroit 1,960
Northwood University Troy/Livonia/Macomb  3,194
Olivet College Olivet 1,133
Rochester College Rochester Hills 1,083
Siena Heights University Adrian 2,684
Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor 3,962
Thomas M. Cooley Law School Lansing 2,477
University of Detroit Mercy Detroit 5,112
University of Phoenix Southfield  1,249
Walsh College Troy 2,864

Community Colleges

If you are thinking about a career in manufacturing, you will find that many of the community colleges in the Detroit region offer just the program for you.

College/University City 2013 Fall Enrollment
Henry Ford Community College Dearborn 13,836
Macomb Community College Warren 23,446
Monroe County Community College Monroe 3,777
Mott Community College Flint 9,683
Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills 26,405
St. Clair County Community College Port Huron 4,324
Schoolcraft College Livonia 12,385
Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor 12,327
Wayne County Community College District Detroit 18,119

Source: National Center for Education Statistics.

Degrees Conferred

Michigan ranks in the top 10 for every type of degree conferred  with more than 112,000 degrees awarded for the 2009-2010 academic year.

2011 Degrees Conferred

  Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s/Professional Total
Architecture & related 223 242 8 473
Biological & biomedical sciences 5 747 216 114 1,082
Business, management, marketing & related 1,823 4,131 3,695 15 9,664
Computer & information sciences 702 704 435 5 1,846
Engineering & engineering technicians 920 2,348 1,813 252 5,333
Health professions & related clinical sciences 2,099 1,446 767 740 5,052
Legal professions & studies 99 47 53 1,263 1,462
Mathematics & statistics 5 209 111 14 339
Physical sciences & science technicians 4 179 124 85 389
Total, all programs 11,644 20,528 13,677 2,964 48,813

Source: National Center for Education Statistics.

Vocational Training Providers

Vocational training institutes provide specific or technical training to students in order to prepare them for a particular career. The Detroit region’s strong manufacturing base necessitates the needs for many different vocational and technical education programs. There are more than 60 vocational training providers in the region, a few are provided below. They provide training from casino dealers to construction to advanced manufacturing.

Vocational Training Providers

Organization Contact
Connection for Deaf Citizens (313) 875-4970
Goodwill Industries of Greater
Midwest Careers Institute Michigan Detroit (313) 961-1955
Access International Business Institute
ITT Technical Institute
Michigan Carpenter and Millwright Training Program
American Red Cross
Detroit Business Institute
American Education Systems
Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology 313-824-4710
John Robert Powers International
New Horizons Computer Learning Center
Detroit Urban League Inc.
Payne-Pulliam School of Trade & Commerce
Recording Institute of Detroit
Cambridge Computer Institute
Matrix Human Services
Ross Innovative Employment Solutions
Michigan Works!
Dorsey School of Business
MCM Learning Inc.
SER Metro One Stop
Carnegie Institute
Specs Howard School of Media Arts
Casino’s Wild Academy Professional Gaming
Michigan Institute of Real Estate
Vistage TEC
Focus Hope
Middleton Real Estate Training Center
The William Davidson Institute
Young Detroit Builders


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