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Education: Skilled Labor Force

Michigan State University
The Lansing-East Lansing-Owosso Combined Statistical Area (CSA) has a skilled labor force of 285,800 with almost 57% of these workers 25 or over having some college, an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, or a graduate or professional degree. The residents of Clinton County enjoy the availability of top quality educational opportunities from pre-school through graduate and research programs. Clinton County k-12 schools consistently rank among the top performing schools in the state.

Public K-12 Schools
Clinton County RESA  Clinton County Regional Educational Service Agency helps save taxpayer dollars by creating an economy of scale for major education investment in career/technical programming, talent development, special education programming, curriculum development and professional development for all public and non-public school staff members.

Private K-12 Schools

Colleges and Universities
With the county being centrally located, the post-secondary educational opportunities are endless. The enrollment at the 43 colleges and universities within a 100 mile radius of Clinton County totals over 398,000 students providing a deep pool of college graduates for the region in almost all professions and disciplines. These colleges and Universities include: 

Michigan State University, recognized around the world as a top research university is located within 10 minutes. MSU leads the nation in study abroad participation among public universities and ranks as one of the top 100 universities in the world offering three medical schools, law school, and numerous highly acclaimed research programs.

Alma College was founded in 1886 by Michigan Presbyterians. While still maintaining a close relationship with the Presbyterian Church (USA), the College offers an environment that welcomes students of all religious backgrounds.

Baker College, a leader among institutions of higher education in assuring career readiness and employment of its graduates, offers academic programs that emphasize employability and career advancement.

Central Michigan University CMU’s 2010-2011 enrollment is the fourth largest among Michigan’s 15 public universities – including 21,290 enrolled at the Mount Pleasant campus and 7,099 enrolled online and at more than 60 locations throughout Michigan and North America.

Calvin College is the distinctively Christian, academically excellent liberal arts college that consistently receives national recognition for academic excellence. Calvin’s well-respected faculty, inquiring student body and innovative core curriculum come together in an environment that links intellectual freedom with a heart for service.

Cleary University was founded in 1883 on the simple belief that a business school should prepare students to exceed the expectations of their employers. It is an institution committed to teaching the American free market economic system, ethical business practices, and leadership skills.

Concordia University is a private liberal arts university in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is affiliated with the Lutheran Church and is a college of the Concordia University system. Its small size and low student-to-faculty ratio foster close relationships between students and faculty and create a supportive, caring community.

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, the largest law school in the country and ranked No. 12 nationally is located within 10 minutes of Clinton County.

Cornerstone University is interdenominational and located in Grand Rapids, Mich. it offers traditional undergraduate programs as well as adult undergraduate and graduate programs through its Professional & Graduate Studies Division, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and Asia Baptist Theological Seminary.

Delta College – often referred to as one of America’s leading community colleges – promotes academic excellence, and is known for exemplary programs, technological innovation, community leadership, and graduates who make a difference.

Davenport University is a private, non-profit, multi-location university located at 14 campuses throughout Michigan and online. It was founded in 1866 by Conrad Swensburg and currently offers Master’s Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate’s Degrees, diplomas, and post-grad certification programs in business, technology, health professions, and graduate studies.

  Eastern Michigan University currently serves 23,000 students who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 200 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school.

Ferris State University is the fastest growing public university in Michigan, with 14,381 students enrolled in classes on the main campus in Big Rapids, 19 off-campus sites throughout Michigan and at Ferris’ Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids.

Grand Valley State University is a public liberal arts university located in Allendale, Michigan, approximately 12 miles west of Grand Rapids. Classes are also offered at the university’s growing Pew Campus in Downtown Grand Rapids, and at the Meijer Campus in Holland. GVSU is a comprehensive coeducational university serving more than 24,540 students from all 83 Michigan counties and dozens of other states and foreign countries.

Hillsdale College is an independent, coeducational, residential, liberal arts college with a student body of about 1,300. Its four-year curriculum leads to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

Hope College is a distinguished and distinctive four-year, liberal arts, undergraduate college, affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. The curriculum offers a variety of courses in 87 majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees. During the 2010-11 school year, Hope enrolled 3,203 students from 42 states and territories and 30 foreign countries.

Kalamazoo College is a highly selective, nationally renowned, and internationally oriented four-year college of arts and sciences. It is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and enrolls 1,348 students from 40 states and 25 countries. Founded in 1833, “K” College is among the 100 oldest colleges and universities in the nation.

Kettering University has a highly-ranked cooperative education program that can significantly reduce the cost of a great education while providing important professional experience to students before they graduate. Kettering University is located in Flint, Mich., but has partnerships with more than 700 top companies in over 800 locations around the world, ensuring a career in which anything is possible.  

Lansing Community College (LCC) established in 1957 to fulfill growing demand for specialized and technical education opportunities for the Greater Lansing’s industrial workforce. LCC is one of the most comprehensive colleges focused upon offering learning opportunities in four areas: career and workforce development, general education, developmental education, and personal enrichment.

Lawrence Technological University, with a total enrollment of nearly 5,000 students, is a private university located in Southfield, Michigan. The school offers undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs in engineering, science, mathematics, architecture, graphic design, and business.

Madonna University was founded by the Felician Sisters of Livonia in 1937. Since then, the university has grown to encompass more than 50 undergraduate majors towards the associate’s and bachelor’s degrees as well as 22 master’s programs in clinical psychology, business, criminal justice, education, history, and health professions. Beginning in May 2009, Madonna will also offer its first doctorate, the Doctorate of Nursing Practice.

Michigan State University College of Law is a private law school located in East Lansing, Michigan which is affiliated with Michigan State University. Established in 1891 as the Detroit College of Law, it was the first law school in the Detroit, Michigan area and the second in the state of Michigan. It is the oldest continuously operating independent law school in the country.

  Northwood University grants the Bachelor of Business Administration degree with single, double or triple majors in: Automotive Marketing/Management, Advertising, Computer & Information Sciences, Entertainment Sport and Promotion Management, Sport & Fitness Administration/Management, Business Administration and Management, Accounting, Business/Managerial Economics, Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial studies, Banking and Financial support services, Hotel/Motel Administration/Management, International Business/Trade/Commerce, Management Information Systems, Marketing/Marketing Management, Fashion Merchandising, Vehicle and Vehicle Parts & Accessories Marketing Operations.

Oakland University celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding in 2007. Today, 19,053 (15,530 undergraduate, 3,523 graduate) as of fall 2010 attend classes each fall, and their alumni number more than 80,000. OU offers 131 baccalaureate degree programs and 126 graduate degree and certificate programs.

Siena Heights University is a Roman Catholic postsecondary institution in Adrian, Michigan. The university has 45 academic programs of study between the undergraduate, graduate and professional studies colleges.  The undergraduate college is further divided into five academic divisions: Business and Management, Computing, Mathematics and the Sciences, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Science, and Visual and Performing Arts and Teacher Education.

Spring Arbor University has distinguished itself for 135 years as the place where faith and learning meet. This Christian university has an enrollment of over 4,000 students. It offers over 70 undergraduate majors and programs, seven degree completion programs, two associate programs, and eight graduate programs.

University of Detroit Mercy offers approximately 100 academic programs in fields as diverse as architecture and psychology, business and nursing, teacher education, and engineering. UDM has a vital and diverse student population of approximately 5,600 students. UDM has three campuses in Detroit: Its main campus located in the northwest part of the City, its School of Dentistry at the Corktown Campus, and its School of Law at the Riverfront Campus.

University of MichiganU of M is a large, four-year, residential research university. The four year, full-time undergraduate program comprises themajority of enrollments and emphasizes instruction in the arts, sciences, and professions and there is a high level of coexistence between graduate and undergraduate programs. In fall 2010, the university had an enrollment of 41,924 students: 27,027 undergraduate students, 12,188 academic degree-seeking graduate students, and 2,709 first professional students in Law, dentistry, and medicine in 600 academic programs.

Walsh College, established in 1922, is a private, independent, non-profit, and upper-division institution that grants degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. With more than 4,400 students enrolled during the 2009-2010 academic year, Walsh offers a broad range of programs in fields such as accounting, finance, information technology and assurance, management and leadership, marketing, and taxation.  

Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State’s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over nearly 200 acres. WSU professional schools include medicine, law, pharmacy, and nursing. Founded in 1868, the Wayne State University School of Medicine is the largest single-campus medical school in the United States.

Western Michigan University located in Kalamazoo is a dynamic, student-centered research university with an enrollment of 25,000. Undergraduate students at WMU may choose from 140 program offerings while graduate students may select from 67 masters, one specialist and 29 doctoral programs.