Since a work-ready labor force is critical to planners
in our community, weve devoted substantial resources toward that
future. The average student/teacher ratio is an enviable 20:1 at the elementary
school level and 22:1 at the high school level.
Residents choose from these area school districts:
- The Benton Harbor Area Schools, the areas largest
district with nearly 6,000 students, is a Career Pathway School District,
where academics and work-based learning experiences combine to prepare
students for future success.
- The St. Joseph Public Schools were named by Expansion
Management magazine as one of the top school districts in the country
in terms of academic performance. The district was one of just a handful
in Michigan to receive the publications Gold Medal for superior
- The Lakeshore Public Schools have recently completed
a 30 million dollar building and technology project. Nearly 90% of Lakeshore
graduates seek college level training, and scores on the American College
Test (ACT) exceed state and national averages by 20%.
- Lake Michigan Catholic High School and Michigan Lutheran
High School are also widely respected for academic achievement and among
the top schools in Michigan.
- Lake Michigan College is a comprehensive, multi-campus
community college offering more than 700 courses. The college boasts
an excellent apprenticeship program for career training, and has specialized
programs for business and industry. LMC is also home to a state-of-the-art
Michigan Technical Training Center.
Heights College offers bachelor degrees in business, science, and general
studies. Siena Heights also offers a full slate of masters degree
- Andrews University in Berrien Springs is ranked among
the nations finest liberal arts colleges. Andrews University is
a Christian university in the Seventh-Day Adventist tradition. The University
enrolls more than 3,000 students from 80 different countries.
- Western Michigan Universitys Southwest Regional
Center in St. Joseph offers masters degree programs in education, business
administration, engineering, and a wide variety of other program areas.
The Southwest Center is an extension of the main campus in Kalamazoo,
home to 27,000 students...the fourth largest university
- Eighteen colleges and universities exist within a few
hours driving time including: University of Notre Dame, St. Marys
College, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College,
Indiana Institute of Technology, Indiana University at South Bend, Purdue
University, Valparaiso University, Holy Cross Junior College, Indiana
Vocational Technical College (2 campuses), Davenport College (2 campuses),
Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Southwestern
Michigan College, Bethel College and Kalamazoo College. Add them all
up and these institutions account for enrollment exceeding 112,215 students.