Education lays the foundation for a productive and vibrant workforce.
of population age 25+ has an Associates degree or higher
of population age 25+ has a Bachelor's degree or higher

Are we building an education population better equipped to drive the economy forward?

As the State of Michigan and the region transition into the knowledge economy, the nature of employment is continuously changing. Jobs of all types require more occupational training, higher levels of math, and stronger language and communication skills.

Northwest Michigan’s education levels are on par with state averages, but are slightly lower for advanced degrees: more people have achieved a high school diploma than state average, and the number of individuals with some college or an associate’s degree is slightly higher. However, occupations in demand call for higher levels of skill training, especially to the postsecondary level. These “middle-skill” jobs require more preparation than those with only a high school education currently possess.