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The quality of education found in the Bay Area is truly first-class, with opportunities available from the preschool level through graduate studies and beyond. The community is fortunate to possess an unmatched group of experienced teachers, dedicated administrators and actively involved parents who come together to create a learning environment conducive to student success. The highly motivated students enrolled in the superior public school systems of the Bay Area regularly score above the national average on state-mandated tests and college aptitude tests and have earned many individual accolades and scholarships.

Among the systems serving area residents are Bangor Township Schools, Bay City Public Schools, Essexville-Hampton Public Schools and Pinconning Area Schools. A further option for public education is offered through the Bay County Public School Academy, a preschool through sixth grade program chartered through Bay Mills Community College and overseen by Mosaica Education, Inc.

Career technical education is also an option for public school students with the availability of the Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District Career Center in Bay City. More than 1,100 junior and senior high school students attend the Career Center for half-day hands-on instruction in a range of career fields. Not only do students earn credit for high school graduation, they also have the opportunity to acquire college credit and national and state professional certification.

Parents looking to enroll students in a private institution have plenty of excellent options in the Bay Area as well. Bay Area Catholic Schools operates six facilities, which provide a rigorous curriculum to students in preschool through 12th grade. Other notable private institutions include St. John Amelith Lutheran School and Zion Lutheran School, both of which serve preschool through 8th grade students.

Exceptional post-secondary education opportunities are readily available through several area institutions. Delta College, a first-rate community college located in Bay County’s University Center, offers more than 150 transfer and career degree programs, as well as a host of professional certificate programs in a variety of in-demand fields. The college also provides non-credit courses and business resources through Delta College Corporate Services and the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center.

Saginaw Valley State University, a four-year institution recognized for its outstanding academic programs, is also located in University Center. Davenport University, which offers a number of career-oriented academic programs in the business, technology and healthcare industries, offers two locations in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Midland is home to the Michigan Campus of Northwood University, an institution with a management and entrepreneurial focus. Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant), University of Michigan-Flint, Alma College and Kettering University (Flint) are additional higher learning options reachable within 50 miles of the Bay Area.

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