To meet the needs of the new economy, Saginaw County has developed an educational infrastructure with 20 public and charter school districts providing PK-12 instruction. In addition, Saginaw County offers the choice of more than 35 area private and parochial schools. Most schools have technical programs available to help students obtain instruction with and in new technology.
Saginaw County has numerous tools in place to benefit today’s students. The school system provides a comprehensive curriculum taught by highly qualified teachers with gifted and talented educational opportunities, quality career and technical education programs, youth sports, before and after school day care and much more.
The following programs serve as conduits between schools and employers to ensure that an available, competent and productive workforce is ready to meet the changing demands of current and new businesses.
- Saginaw Career Complex works with parents, businesses, and community partners to provide students with a technologically-rich education and instill in them the value of lifelong learning.
- Saginaw County Business and Education Partnership is a 501 (C) (3) organization of education and business leaders working together to create a competent and productive workforce ready to meet the changing demands of businesses.
These are just a few examples of the educational infrastructure in place to benefit Saginaw County students. A strong extended educational infrastructure exists within the county to meet the needs of students who want training after high school. Educational opportunities are available through traditional university training at local colleges and universities, along with alternative opportunities.
A campus type environment has evolved in the region with higher educational opportunities available through local community colleges and universities. Over the past decade, strong enrollment growth has spurred investment in infrastructure and technology to provide the best facilities for learning with the latest advancements.
- Saginaw Valley State University has over 90 programs of study offered at the undergraduate level and 15 graduate level programs including the nation’s first graduate program dedicated to multi-media technology.
- Northwood University is a private university specializing in managerial and entrepreneurial education. Northwood operates three residential campuses, one of which is located in Midland.
- The Great Lakes Bay Region is also home to Delta College, a community college offering Associate Degrees in a variety of fields, such as chemical technicians and information technology.
- Davenport University, which offers two and four year degrees, also has campuses in Saginaw and Midland Counties
- Central Michigan University, with a main campus in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and more than 60 locations across the U.S., is nationally recognized for academic excellence in more than 200 programs. Cutting edge research, new facilities, graduate programs and top faculty ensure an education that is one of the best in the state.
- Alma College – Among the 40 plus major and professional study programs is a strong Natural Sciences Department that offers the following areas of study: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, and more. Alma College is within 40 miles of the Mid-Michigan Region.
- Eastern Michigan University — Technology majors at EMU include 22 undergraduate and 13 graduate programs in engineering, design, applied technology, and a special polymers and coatings curriculum for the fields of polymers, paints, coatings, plastics, rubber, adhesives, inks, and more. Many graduates pursue careers in research and development, or technical manufacturing. EMU is located near Ann Arbor, less than an hour drive from Mid-Michigan.
- Ferris State University — Located in Big Rapids just an hour’s drive from the Mid-Michigan area, Ferris offers nearly 200 educational programs. Among them is the College of Technology offering over 30 specialized degrees in applied sciences. Students can earn doctorates, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees and can follow career pathways in Engineering / Manufacturing and Industrial Technology which includes the following ares of study: Welding, Plastics Technology, Industrial Chemistry Technology, Industrial Electronics Technology, Mechanical Engineering, and more.
- Kettering University – is known for top ranked undergraduate programs in engineering, math, science and business, Kettering University is home to:
- the most advanced co-op education program in the nation;
- state-of-the-art programs that are consistently recognized as some of the best engineering programs in the United States;
- thirteen science, business and engineering majors; and excellent graduate programs.
- Michigan State University — is defining what it means to be a land-grant university in the twenty-first century. From its roots as the nation’s pioneer land-grant institution, the university has a long tradition of using the research and knowledge developed at MSU to create practical solutions that make a difference for individuals and communities across Michigan and around the world. Today, Michigan State is one of the top 100 universities in the world and is only a hour’s drive from the Great Lakes Bay Region. MSU has numerous areas of study including Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Physics and much more.
- University of Michigan — Internationally renowned for research and education, the University of Michigan offers a wide variety of degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students. Students experience the “Michigan Difference” and our strong tradition of excellence in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community. The Unviersity of Michigan’s main campus is in Ann Arbor, which is only 96 miles south of the Great Lakes Bay. Michigan also has a satellite campus in nearby Flint. With over 200 undergraduate majors, Michigan offers a number of areas of study, such as, Biophysics, Chemical Engineering, and Industrial and Operations Engineering. Michigan also offers a number of graduate opportunities.
- Wayne State University — is a comprehensive university with 13 colleges and schools. It offers more than 350 academic programs, including 126 bachelor’s degree programs, 139 master’s degree programs, 60 doctoral degree programs and 30 certificate, specialist and professional programs, including a School of Business Administration, College of Engineering, and more.