Educational opportunities shape the current workforce and prepare young people for the jobs of the future. Our educational partners and local business community are committed to maintaining and enhancing our region’s workforce by creating awareness and interest in a variety of existing and emerging career paths. The greater Ann Arbor region is home to the University of Michigan, a major research institution and source of world-class talent. Regional and community colleges also graduate thousands of highly-skilled workers each year. Our region also boasts several skilled trades programs that provide a steady stream of skilled laborers seeking employment in the region.

105,550
Number of College & University Students in Region
2.8 Million
Square Feet of Lab Space for Research and Teaching

Colleges and Universities

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Creating a Smart and Capable Workforce

With many quality universities and colleges in the region, there is a bank of workers from which tech companies can draw top talent. The schools in the greater Ann Arbor region work hard to foster a love of STEM in our community, and host several programs to generate interest in the field's brightest minds. Some examples include

  • MHacks, the largest hackathon in the world brings together the globe's smartest people
  • Eastern Michigan University Digital Divas, a conference that connects you women in middle and high school to opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math
  • Girl Develop It, which assists women interested in getting into and advancing in the tech industry
  • The First in Michigan Robotics Competition provides hands-on training in science and technology to help high school students discover how rewarding a career in engineering or technology can be.

Technical and Skilled Trades Programs

Technical and skilled trades programs in the greater Ann Arbor region are focused on the latest cutting edge technology to ensure our workforce is equipped for the challenges of the rapidly changing world of skilled trades.

Litchfield Regional Training Center

Hands on robotic training for employers at the Litchfield Regional Training Center is an excellent opportunity for real-life observation. Programming, electrical, trouble shooting, and robotic manipulation all are demonstrated.

Benefit from our Talent Pipeline

Whether it's information on the talent available or our nationally recognized universities, we're here to help you every step of the way as you explore expanding or relocating your business to the greater Ann Arbor region.