Detroit Drives Degrees

Regional Summer Melt Program

Detroit Drives Degrees and the Detroit College Access Network are teaming up with school districts in the region to provide intensive advising to students over the summer months in an effort to combat summer melt, a situation in which a students applies for, gets accepted, and commits to a college but then ultimately does not show up in the fall. Access resources here. 

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What exactly is Detroit Drives Degrees (D3)?

Detroit Drives Degrees is a collective impact initiative to improve the talent pipeline in the Detroit region with three areas of focus:

  • Advancing ACCESS to postsecondary opportunities
  • Boosting student SUCCESS
  • Retaining local TALENT and attracting new talent

The rapidly evolving economy of the Detroit region requires strengthening the talent pipeline. The Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation’s Detroit Drives Degrees (D3) initiative seeks to increase the proportion of individuals with college degrees and high-skill credentials in the region. With only 43 percent of adults having attained this level of education, D3’s primary goal is to increase the postsecondary attainment rate to 60 percent by 2030.

Educational opportunity not only catalyzes economic development, but can also change lives by improving social and economic mobility. Higher education attainment remains the most assured way to earn a better standard of living, which can have broad and positive impacts on the community.

Learn more about Detroit designation as a Talent Hub

Funding and Support

Our work is made possible by our sponsors: