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Michigan Vocational and Technical Schools

Michigan is known as the automotive manufacturing capital of the United States, and with good cause. According to the Michigan Manufacturers Association, nearly one-quarter of all vehicles produced in the U.S. are assembled in Michigan. The industry is so large in the state that its more than 330 automotive research and development companies comprise a bigger group than the rest of the U.S., Mexico and Canada combined, the state's Department of Natural Resources reports.

Tourism and agriculture also are main contributors to Michigan's economy. The state is home to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Holocaust Memorial Center and Henry Ford Museum. Main crops produced in the state include blueberries, cherries, cucumbers and Christmas trees. Other leading industries in Michigan, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation reports, include information technology, medical device research and manufacturing, food processing, and logistics and supply chain management.


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Bordering four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan has almost 9,700 miles of freshwater shoreline, and its ports handle tens of millions of tons of freight each year. More than 12,000 ships pass through the Soo Locks between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes each year, the University of Michigan reports. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), the following industries were among the major employment sectors in Michigan in May of 2014:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities with 753,000 employees
  • Education and health services with 635,500 employees
  • Professional and business services with 601,700 employees

Students who wish to enter these industries in a variety of careers may choose to pursue an education at Michigan vocational or trade schools.

Michigan population and wage outlook

Michigan had an estimated population of 9.89 million people in 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau reports. The median household income from 2008 through 2012 was $48,471.

According to the BLS, these positions paid the following median hourly wages in Michigan as of May of 2013:

*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)
**Annual Median Wage is in Dollars ($).
  • Mechanical engineers: $41.93
  • Radiologic technicians: $24.76
  • Engine and machine assemblers: $21.30
  • Ship captains and water vessel pilots: $21.28
  • Automotive service technicians and mechanics: $17.55
  • Team assemblers: $15.96
  • Food processors: $12.97

Students may be able to find the career path that's right for them by learning more about Michigan trade schools.

Sources:

Michigan Facts, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-54463_54466_20829-56001 -- ,00.html

Economy at a Glance: Michigan, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov/eag/eag.mi.htm

Growth industries in the state of Michigan, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, http://www.michiganbusiness.org/grow/industries/

State & County QuickFacts: Michigan, U.S. Census Bureau, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/26000.html

The Soo Locks, Michigan State University, http://web2.geo.msu.edu/geogmich/SooLock.html

Vocational Schools in Michigan
This list also contains online schools that accept students from Michigan
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At University of Phoenix, we believe everyone deserves access to higher education.

Programs : B.S. in Communication, Master of Health Administration/Informatics, BS in Human Services/Gerontology, and more..

Campus Locations :

Online: Online, MI

Southfield: 26261 Evergreen Road Southfield, MI 48076

With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create.

Programs : Interior Design (BFA), Culinary Management (BS), Web Design & Interactive Communications (D), and more..

Campus Locations :

Troy: 1414 East Maple Road, Suite 150 Troy, MI 48083

Novi: 28125 Cabot Drive Suite 120 Novi, MI 48377

Everest University Online, a Division of Everest University, makes career training convenient and accessible. With courses tailored for working students and others who need a more flexible class schedule, Everest University Online allows students to learn from home and offers the same well-respected curriculum available at a traditional campus.

Programs : Criminal Justice (Associate's), Applied Management (Associate's), Criminal Justice (Master's), and more..

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Santa Ana: Santa Ana, CA

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For over 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, quality career education.

Programs : Criminal Justice, AA (Online), Criminal Justice, BA (Online), Health Services Administration, BA (Online Only), and more..

Campus Locations :

Fort Lauderdale: Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Whether you want to train for a new career, advance within your current company, or simply learn new skills to stay competitive in today's job market, Allied's distance education training can help!

Programs : Medical Coding, Medical Billing, Pharmacy Technician Program, and more..

Campus Locations :

Laguna Hills: 22952 Alcalde Drive Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Interested in a career as a professional dog trainer? Animal Behavior College is the place to start.

Programs : Veterinary Assistant, Grooming Instruction, Certified Dog Trainer Instructor Course, and more..

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Since 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has been committed to delivering only the finest cutting-edge, classroom-based theoretical and applied knowledge.

Programs : MA in Forensic Psychology - Non-Licensure Track, MA in I/O: Applied Research Project Track, Industrial/Organizational Psychology Generalist Certificate, and more..

Campus Locations :

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The MSW@USC is the first top-ranked MSW program offered nationally. Many online programs are limited to certain geographic areas or the availability of courses, making it necessary to travel to campus. Our program can be completed from virtually anywhere without the need to relocate to Southern California.

Programs : Master of Social Work, and more..

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Prepare for an exciting cosmetology career today at Empire Beauty Schools.

Programs : Teacher of Cosmetology, Cosmetology, and more..

Campus Locations :

Grand Rapids: 455 Standale Plaza NW Grand Rapids, MI 49544

Portage: 6091 Constitution Boulevard Portage, MI 49024

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