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Trade Schools in Michigan with Program Overviews

Michigan is home to over 20 public or private nonprofit schools that offer programs in various occupational trades. Compare several schools and find valuable information about them to help you decide where to attend college.

Find out which trade schools in Michigan have the largest student population, highest graduation rates, lowest tuition rates, and are closest to large cities according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Michigan Schools Near Large Cities

For many students, it is important to be able to travel to the city from their college campus, some choosing schools that are part of major cities themselves. Unfortunately, there are no trade schools in Michigan that are located in or around what would qualify as a large city. However, some midsized cities are home to schools, such as:

  • Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids)
  • Lansing Community College (Lansing)
  • Macomb Community College (Warren)
  • Mott Community College (Flint)

Largest Schools in Michigan

Large student populations are appealing to many applying for college. More students means more chances for social interactions and a variety of activities. Michigan's top five trade schools with the highest student population in fall of 2014 were:

  • Oakland Community College (24,031)
  • Macomb County College (22,914)
  • Lansing Community College (16,031)
  • Grand Rapids Community College (15,668)
  • Henry Ford College (13,790)

Lowest Net Price

The cost of learning a trade at a particular school can make or break a student's decision to enroll. Fortunately, two-year public colleges like the ones below are generally less expensive than four-year schools or private institutions. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the following had the lowest 2014-2015 average net prices for full-time undergraduates among those compared.

  • Washtenaw Community College ($3,503)
  • Alpena Community College ($3,513)
  • Delta College ($3,621)
  • Henry Ford College ($3,928)
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College ($3,965)

Highest Graduation Rate

The institutions that follow have the highest graduation rates among those compared for this article. The graduation rates are based on students who entered full-time programs and completed them within 150% of normal time. None of the graduation rates among the previewed schools compared are high, which is not uncommon for community colleges. Prospective school applicants can examine these rates, along with retention rates, to gauge student satisfaction.

  • Northern Michigan University (48% for those enrolled in 2009)
  • Gogebic Community College (39% for those enrolled in 2012)
  • Siena Heights University (37% for those enrolled in 2009)
  • Alpena Community College (32% for those enrolled in 2012)
  • Montcalm Community College (26% for those enrolled in 2012)

There are many factors to consider when attending a trade school in Michigan, such as graduation rate, net tuition costs, closeness to major cities, and campus size.


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