- Overall post-secondary attainment levels for the region are still lagging other best-in-class regions that have also been making incremental gains. Nearly half of college students in metro Detroit have not earned a degree within six years. For city of Detroit residents, that stands at an even more alarming 74 percent.
- Total post-secondary education attainment, including certificates in programs such as welding, reached 50 percent across an 11-county Southeast Michigan region in 2019. That compares with about 60 percent for best-in-class cities examined by the chamber, like Seattle and Minneapolis.
- Job needs and talent education levels here in Michigan are out of sync. Fifty-seven percent of jobs require a four-year degree, but less than a third — just 32 percent — of the state’s residents hold a bachelor’s degree.
- Of 100 tracked students from around the region who were on a path to graduate in 2018, only 81 did, according to the report. Of those, 60 enrolled in college, and just a third of the entire cohort or 22 earned a degree or post-secondary credential by 2020.
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