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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 140,000 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 2011 – 2012 Enrollment

College/University City 2011-12 Enrollment
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti 23,341
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant 28,311
Michigan State University Lansing 47,954
Oakland University Rochester 19,379
The University of Michigan/Ann Arbor Ann Arbor 42,716
The University of Michigan/Dearborn Dearborn 8,955
The University of Michigan/Flint Flint 8,262
Wayne State University Detroit 30,765

Source: President’s Council State Universities of Michigan.

Private Colleges & Universities

Private Colleges and Universities 2011 – 2012 Enrollment

College/University City 2011 Enrollment
Adrian College Adrian 1,670
Baker College Auburn Hills 7,166
College for Creative Studies Detroit 1,361
Cleary University Ypsilanti 762
Concordia College Ann Arbor 668
Davenport University Grand Rapids 11,865
DeVry University Southfield
International Academy of Design & Technology Troy
Kettering University Flint 2,187
Lawrence Technological University Southfield 4,489
Lewis College of Business Detroit
Madonna University Livonia 4,571
Marygrove College Detroit 2,702
Northwood University Troy/Livonia/Macomb
Olivet College Olivet 1,155
Rochester College Rochester Hills 1,065
Siena Heights University Adrian 2,408
Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor 4,195
Thomas M. Cooley Law School Rochester Hills 3,745
University of Detroit Mercy Detroit 5,534
University of Phoenix Dearborn
Walsh College Troy 3,221

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 2011 Fall Enrollment
Henry Ford Community College Dearborn 17,650
Macomb Community College Warren 23,969
Monroe County Community College Monroe 4,440
Mott Community College Flint 11,760
Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills 29,158
St. Clair County Community College Port Huron 4,590
Schoolcraft College Livonia 12,770
Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor 12,932
Wayne County Community College District Detroit 20,440

Source: Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

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 www.goodwilldetroit.org
Midwest Careers Institute Michigan Detroit (313) 961-1955
Access International Business Institute www.accessesl.org
ITT Technical Institute www.itt-tech.edu
Millwrights Institute of Technology www.realapprenticeship.com
American Red Cross www.semredcross.org
Detroit Business Institute www.dbidownriver.com
American Education Systems www.amedsys.com
Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology www.eyeson.org
John Robert Powers International www.johnrobertpowers.net
New Horizons Computer Learning Center www.newhorizons.com
Detroit Urban League Inc. www.detroiturbanleague.org
Payne-Pulliam School of Trade & Commerce www.paynepulliamschool.org
Recording Institute of Detroit www.recordinginstitute.com
Cambridge Computer Institute www.trainatcci.com
Matrix Human Services www.matrixhumanservices.org
Ross Innovative Employment Solutions www.rosslearning.com
Career Works www.michiganworks.org
Dorsey School of Business www.dorsey.edu
MCM Learning Inc. www.mcmlearning.com
SER Metro One Stop www.sermetro.org
Carnegie Institute www.carnegie-institute.edu
Specs Howard School of Media Arts www.specshoward.edu
Casino’s Wild Academy Professional Gaming www.casinoswild.com
Michigan Institute of Real Estate www.michiganeducation.org
Vistage TEC www.tecdetroit.com
Focus Hope www.focushope.edu
Middleton Real Estate Training Center www.middletontraining.com
The William Davidson Institute wdi.umich.edu
Young Detroit Builders www.youngdetroitbuilders.com
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