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The state of Michigan is synonymous with the automotive industry. For hundreds of years, Michigan has been known as the hub of auto manufacturing. While auto manufacturing is still one of the largest industries in Michigan, the state is also a top producers of agricultural commodities, a growing hub for information and an important leader in healthcare. Michigan is home to the busiest border crossing in North America and one of the largest air hubs to Asia, providing jobs in the food science, transportation and business administration sectors. The following page details the fastest growing vocational and trade careers in Michigan and educational options for students.

Top Michigan Vocational & Trade School: 2017

In Michigan, students get to choose from numerous trade and vocational institutions throughout the state. The most popular field for students attending a community college or other trade school is healthcare, a fast-growing sector in Michigan and surrounding states. Our rankings of Michigan trade schools are based on a variety of factors, including financial aid and tuition. All schools listed here offer placement services to grads.

RankSchool Name Score Tuition & Fees Financial Aid % Total Programs Student-Teacher Ratio Grad Rate Description Additional Benefits: Placement Services Counseling Services Credit for Experience
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Delta College
98.30 $$$$$ 9% 38 17:1 16%

The vocational degree programs at Delta College offer students the opportunity to earn associates degrees in a supportive and innovative learning environment. The school is a charter member of the National League for Innovation in the Community College. This organization, which brings together 20 college districts, allows Delta to incorporate innovations in learning practices that have proven to be effective, with improvements to instruction and college services that benefit its students. The school is also committed to sustainability, not only through efforts towards reduced emissions from the campus, but also through the availability of over 30 sustainability-related courses.

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Mott Community College
97.87 $$$$$ 9% 32 19:1 9%

Students pursuing a vocational degree at Mott Community College will earn an associate of applied science in a career-specific field related to industry, health, technology, business, or human services. Graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce upon completion of the program; many choose to continue their education while working at the same time. Prospective students can learn about potential career tracks relevant for each program on the school’s website, with job possibilities and career projections on each degree page. Many programs, such as the dental assisting track, prepare students to take licensure exams upon graduation.

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Kirtland Community College
97.76 $$$$$ 18% 25 18:1 16%

Kirtland Community College’s two-year degree programs prepare students for careers in the health sciences, trades, business, technology, and public safety. Students benefit from the small class sizes and frequent communication with faculty that the school emphasizes, and courses include hands-on elements that translate to valuable skills in the working world. Both students and graduates have access to the school’s employment resources to find a job after graduation. They include a resume workshop, portfolio development assistance, interviewing and employability skills guidance, and assistance in job searches. Transfer students are welcome, and those who earned credits from any school in Michigan can access detailed transfer equivalency information through the Michigan Transfer Network website.

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Wayne County Community College District
97.69 $$$$$ 1% 27 24:1 13%

Wayne County Community College District is comprised of five college campuses and a university center throughout the region. With locations in industrial, metropolitan, and rural areas, students have access to businesses, organizations, and trades where they can gain experience related to their field of study. The school emphasizes occupational and career programs, but university transfer programs are available as well. Students can use the Learning Resource Centers at each of WCCCD’s campuses or through online access. Working students who may need additional flexibility can choose to attend “Weekend College,” which offers courses on Friday evenings as well as Saturday mornings and afternoons.

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Washtenaw Community College
97.45 $$$$$ 14% 21 19:1 16%

Along with its associate of arts and associate of science programs, Washtenaw Community College also gives its students the option to study in a vocational associate of applied science program. These programs provide a more targeted, field-specific curriculum to quickly prepare students for a career in the field they want to pursue. These programs offer the benefit of allowing students to participate in an assortment of applied educational opportunities. Many Washtenaw Community College classes can also be taken in an online format, giving students the chance to complete more credits where they might not have been able to in a traditional class setting.

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Alpena Community College
97.18 $$$$$ 24% 14 13:1 27%

Alpena Community College gives students a supportive entry into higher education, with small class sizes, frequent communication with instructors and peers, and two local campuses. Vocational programs at the school are career-focused, preparing students to enter the workforce. Some programs also allow students to transfer to four-year programs if desired. Areas of study range widely, with technical programs such as automotive service and repair, healthcare programs such as nursing, and business programs in medical coding and office information technology. Beyond classes, services available on campus include a library, a volunteer center, a student services center, and wireless access in several campus locations.

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Lansing Community College
96.83 $$$$$ 10% 39 13:1 8%

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Kalamazoo Valley Community College
96.28 $$$$$ 13% 26 22:1 11%

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Schoolcraft College
95.93 $$$$$ 13% 21 25:1 17%

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Kellogg Community College
95.85 $$$$$ 12% 16 16:1 15%

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Grand Rapids Community College
95.74 $$$$$ 7% 21 20:1 13%

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Gogebic Community College
95.70 $$$$$ 24% 14 15:1 30%

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Mid Michigan Community College
94.89 $$$$$ 16% 13 21:1 10%

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Muskegon Community College
94.81 $$$$$ 19% 17 20:1 18%

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Bay College
94.80 $$$$$ 20% 6 15:1 21%

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St. Clair County Community College
94.78 $$$$$ 12% 9 18:1 16%

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Henry Ford Community College
94.40 $$$$$ 1% 26 24:1 6%

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Oakland Community College
94.38 $$$$$ 11% 44 25:1 11%

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Macomb Community College
94.30 $$$$$ 9% 44 28:1 12%

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West Shore Community College
94.04 $$$$$ 24% 17 13:1 12%

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North Central Michigan College
93.42 $$$$$ 17% 15 16:1 12%

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Monroe County Community College
93.21 $$$$$ 5% 16 19:1 12%

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Montcalm Community College
93.16 $$$$$ 13% 18 16:1 10%

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Michigan Career and Technical Institute
93.08 $$$$$ N/A 6 11:1 79%

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RankSchool Name Score Tuition & Fees Financial Aid % Total Programs Student-Teacher Ratio Grad Rate Description Additional Benefits: Placement Services Counseling Services Credit for Experience
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Siena Heights University
99.83 $$$$$ 99% 28 11:1 43%

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Ferris State University
99.37 $$$$$ 63% 27 16:1 53%

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Jackson College
99.19 $$$$$ 21% 24 18:1 N/A

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Northern Michigan University
99.05 $$$$$ 81% 20 21:1 44%

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Baker College of Muskegon
98.91 $$$$$ 80% 22 33:1 18%

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Baker College of Auburn Hills
98.90 $$$$$ 72% 21 22:1 8%

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Baker College of Flint
98.73 $$$$$ 84% 19 24:1 10%

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Baker College of Port Huron
98.67 $$$$$ 74% 19 19:1 32%

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Lake Michigan College
98.54 $$$$$ 48% 8 15:1 N/A

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Northwestern Michigan College
98.43 $$$$$ 24% 12 18:1 N/A

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Baker College of Clinton Township
98.38 $$$$$ 85% 16 25:1 14%

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Madonna University
98.31 $$$$$ 82% 12 11:1 36%

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Davenport University
98.29 $$$$$ 89% 10 14:1 40%

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Andrews University
97.94 $$$$$ 98% 6 9:1 59%

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Marygrove College
97.63 $$$$$ 92% 1 9:1 16%

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University of Detroit Mercy
97.45 $$$$$ 98% 5 13:1 57%

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Northwood University-Michigan
97.31 $$$$$ 95% 3 16:1 54%

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Michigan State University
97.29 $$$$$ 44% 11 17:1 79%

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Lawrence Technological University
97.23 $$$$$ 82% 7 11:1 52%

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Lake Superior State University
97.14 $$$$$ 78% 5 16:1 39%

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Michigan offers vocational and trade programs at the high school, community college and four-year university level covering ranging industries from healthcare to business administration. Search now to find a program and school near you.

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Quick Facts

Outside of the automotive industry, Michigan boasts several growing industries such as the biotechnology, information technology, and healthcare fields.

There are six public high schools in Michigan offering primarily vocational and trade school programs.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, 227,145 vocational students were enrolled during the 2013-2014 academic year.

95 percent of high school students who enrolled in vocational and trade program in 2012-2013 graduated. 95 percent of graduates went on to post-secondary education, the military or entered the workforce.

A Closer Look: Vocational Certificates and Diplomas in Michigan

Students can earn vocational and trade degrees at schools across Michigan. Several public high schools offer career and technical education programs to students currently enrolled in high school. While nearly half of Michigan’s undergraduate credentials are earned at the bachelor’s degree level, associate degrees and certificates are also popular options in the state.

Distribution of Undergraduate Certificates & Degrees

Credential Michigan National
<1-year certificate 14.1% 14.7%
1-year certificate 10.1% 12.6%
Associate’s degree 26.0% 24.7%
Bachelor’s degree 49.8% 48.0%

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (2010)

Biggest Vocational & Trade Career Opportunities in Michigan

Michigan’s economic history is closely tied to the automotive industry. In many ways, the past is driving the state’s future as businesses focus on technology and advanced manufacturing. With continued company growth in the automotive industry, vocational and trade students can easily find jobs in the automotive field after earning related vocational degrees and certificates.

The state’s largest employer is the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, with several companies in the healthcare industry rounding out the list of top employers. Seven of the top 10 largest employers in the state are hospitals or health systems, leading to job opportunities for graduates of nursing, medical assisting, and other healthcare assistant programs.

The following chart illustrates career options for vocational and trade graduates with the most job openings in the state.

Occupations with the Most Openings in Michigan

Occupation 2012 Employment Projected Annual Job Openings Percent Growth
(2012-2022)
Median Annual Wage
(Michigan, 2014)
Median Annual Wage
(National, 2014)
Postsecondary, Non-Degree (Some College)
Nursing Assistants 53,460 1,690 13% $27,400 $25,100
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 51,660 1,570 14% $37,500 $39,500
Teacher Assistants 41,540 1,110 4% $24,900 $24,400
Medical Assistants 21,880 750 15% $28,500 $30,000
Licensed Practical Nurses 18,800 740 15% $44,200 $42,500
Two-Year Associate Degree
Registered Nurses 93,990 2,900 11% $65,500 $66,600
Dental Hygienists 9,030 390 18% $60,500 $71,500
Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technicians 6,980 300 17% $33,000 $38,400
Preschool Teachers 8,080 300 10% $27,500 $28,100
Industrial Engineering Technicians 7,150 220 10% $48,200 $53,400

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Career One Stop

Vocational and Trade School Options in Detroit

Manufacturing and automobile industries may have seen a setback in Detroit in recent years, but the city is currently working hard to rebuild. Currently, Detroit’s economy is supported by automobile manufacturing and the construction industry, with over 7,000 new construction jobs added in both 2013 and 2014. Since 2014, several large biotechnology and information technology firms have moved to the Detroit area, creating job availability for industrial engineering technicians, computer user support workers, and IT specialists.

Opportunities to earn vocational or trade certificates and degrees are available at several accredited institutions in Detroit. Wayne County Community College District is a large public college offering students certificates and degrees in mechanics, health professions and computer and information sciences. Dorsey Business Schools – Dearborn, Everest Institute – Detroit, Focus-Hope Information Technologies Center and Marygrove College offer programs in construction, health professions, education, computer science and social work.

Further Reading for Students and Job-Seekers

Information about vocational and trade programs in Michigan at the secondary and post-secondary level.

An overview of CTE programs in Michigan.

Information for students, parents, and educators about Michigan’s career and technical education standards in each career industry. Provides a list of adult education opportunities and community college services.

Job search database for all Michigan residents. Includes resources to explore careers based on skills and training, as well as special resources for skilled trades jobs.

Serving Wayne County, students and parents can find information about vocational and trade program curriculum, financial aid and direct information on earning a trade degree in Wayne County.