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Detroit Drives Degrees Community College Collaborative

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What is D3C3?

The Detroit Drives Degrees Community College Collaborative (D3C3) is a cross-sector collaborative that elevates the role of community colleges in working towards regional talent pipeline transformation in Southeast Michigan. Three clusters of work propel this initiative towards our goals: 1) student success, 2) K-12 alignment, and 3) employer-led sector pathways.

In partnership with critical cross-sector stakeholders across all three clusters, community colleges are being funded to 1) implement college-level, systemic-level strategies aligned with D3C3 goals and 2) participate in the D3C3 learning community and collaborative regional strategy development and implementation.

Significant investment is being made to our community colleges and the Southeast Michigan community to engage in this transformational work. We are grateful to our partners, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and Ballmer Group, for supporting this work.

Overarching Goals of D3C3

The overarching goals of D3C3 are connected to the goals of Detroit Drives Degrees and Michigan’s Sixty by 30 office.

  • Increase the postsecondary attainment rate to 60% by 2030
  • Reduce the racial equity gap by half by 2030

Collaborative Metrics and Priorities

  • Credential completion
  • Persistence rates
  • Completion rates
  • Traditional and adult enrollment rates
  • Credit attainment
  • Quality transfers
  • Dual enrollment
  • FAFSA completion
  • College credit completion in high school
  • Job attainment
  • Training programs aligned with employer demand
  • Work-based learning participation

D3C3 College Partners

Henry Ford College, Macomb Community College, Monroe County Community College, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College, Washtenaw Community College, Wayne County Community College District

Other Critical D3C3 Partners

Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation, Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Talent Council, Detroit Drives Degrees, CivicLab, National Institute for Student Success at Georgia State University, MICHauto, Michigan’s Sixty by 30 Office, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, Ballmer Group

Guiding Principles

  • Create student-ready colleges and systems.
  • Forge authentic partnerships with individual ownership but shared accountability.
  • Ensure racial equity isn’t a thing; it’s the thing.
  • Strengthen pathways to prosperity and family-sustaining wage attainment.
  • Improve employer engagement for stronger systems that lead to lasting, meaningful impact.
  • Implement strategies that support all Southeast Michigan students of today and the future.
  • Elevate the voices of those we serve.
  • Inclusivity at all levels.

Learn more about the Detroit Regional Chamber’s flagship education and talent programs.