There are "smart zones" for business development in Muskegon, and the key centers of developing intelligence nurture minds each day in the region's classrooms. Area K-12 students attend schools administered by Muskegon County's well-regarded public schools or one of the several private schools, public charter academies or home schools. Solid core curriculums are complemented with extra-curricular programs ranging from competitive sports to educational clubs. Area districts offer preschool and before- and after-school programs, as well as adult education.
Setting Muskegon apart from other communities is it's commitment to cultivate a talented workforce. Leading the way to producing talented workers in Michigan are area colleges who work with local businesses to prepare students for jobs that are here and available in the community. Talent 2025, an initiative of the West Michigan Strategic Alliance, set a goal to achieve 30% attainment of 4 year college degrees or beyond in the 25 years of age + workforce by 2025. Also, Muskegon Opportunity which is a grassroots initiative working to create a college-going culture in Muskegon County with an expectation that students graduating from a school district within the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District boundaries will be prepared to start, stay and succeed in post-secondary education.
The Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) provides the local school districts with a variety of specialized, cost-effective services for children through adult students, as well as professional development for teachers and staff. The MAISD website, www.muskegonisd.org, has information about all the are public and private schools.
The MAISD Muskegon Area Career Tech Center, near the campus of Muskegon Community College, provides career and technical education to high school juniors and seniors in 20 career programs ranging from computer network administration to culinary arts.
Along the coastline, young people aren't the only ones going to school. From professional certificates to master's degrees, continuing education goals are close at hand at nearby post-secondary sites.
Muskegon area high school graduates continuing their education choose from several nearby post-secondary institutions. Baker College offers two- and four-year degrees, an MBA program and world-renowned Culinary Institute of Michigan. Muskegon Community College offers two-year associate's degrees and, at its Stevenson Center for Higher Education, four-year degrees from Ferris State, Western Michigan and Grand Valley State Universities.
Also within the 40-miles of West Michigan are the campuses of Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Community College, Calvin College, Calvin Theological Seminary, Hope College, Davenport University, University of Phoenix West Michigan, Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris State University, Cooley Law School and Michigan State Medical.
Joined by a desire for new knowledge, active minds from every generation come together in Muskegon for lifelong learning. Our public libraries are the local learning setting – whether it is of a formal or informal kind. The Muskegon Area District Library with 10 locations throughout the county, and the historic Hackley Public Library with the global resources of information and knowledge, are both playing a role of fundamental importance in the development of our system of lifelong learning.
The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and Muskegon Community College, have partnered to bring a diverse group of professionals together in a community-awareness program committed to enhancing and connecting leaders from business, non-profit and government. Muskegon In Focus will provide numerous experiences that give a behind-the-scenes look at opportunities to “make a difference”. For regional leadership, Leadership West Michigan provides its participants with some or all of the following: knowledge of the Western Michigan region and connections, member networking, leadership skills, systems thinking skills, dialogue skills, understanding of diversity, and regional trusteeship. LWM seeks to develop its program and activities, which appeal to the diverse segments of the region including, but not limited to, the for-profit, governmental and not-for-profit sectors.
Click here to apply and be part of the 2013 Muskegon in Focus Class
Below is a list of links to area schools whom are members of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce.
Fruitport Community Schools
Holton Public Schools
Mona Shores Public Schools
Montague Area Public Schools
Muskegon Public Schools
North Muskegon Public Schools
Oakridge Public Schools
Orchard View Schools
Ravenna Public Schools
Whitehall School Districts
For a complete list of Muskegon Area schools, visit the MAISD online at www.muskegonisd.org.