Education

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Since a work-ready labor force is critical to planners in our community, we’ve 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 area’s 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 publication’s Gold Medal for superior academic achievement.
  • 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.
  • graphicSiena Heights College offers bachelor degrees in business, science, and general studies. Siena Heights also offers a full slate of master’s degree programs.
  • Andrews University in Berrien Springs is ranked among the nation’s 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 University’s 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 in Michigan.
  • Eighteen colleges and universities exist within a few hours driving time including: University of Notre Dame, St. Mary’s 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.

 

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