Delta College benefits individual students, our local communities, and the state by attracting industry, providing jobs and training productive workers.
Fueling the Local Economy
Delta's annual impact on the Great Lakes Bay Region economy is $385 million. This equals three percent of the total Great Lakes Bay Region economy. 4
63 percent of Delta graduates stay in the Great Lakes Bay Region, 87 percent in Michigan. That means they work here, shop here and raise their families here.
Between 2008 and 2018, Michigan will create 1.3 million job vacancies from job growth and retirements. 2 More than 836,000 of these job vacancies will be for those with post secondary credentials. 2 That's where Delta fits in. At Delta, we work hard to help grow our economy, train workers and partner with local businesses to give employees the skills they need.
- Delta has more than 150 career, transfer and certificate programs with more than 400 career professionals to help graduates are ready for work on their first day. When technology or industry standards change, so does the curriculum.
- Displaced workers train for new jobs through the Fast Start initiative -- a partnership between Delta College Corporate Services, Michigan Works! and area advanced chemical, solar and battery manufacturers. In response to job demand, a new Business Process Systems program has begun.
Putting the Great Lakes Bay Region to Work
By 2018, 62 percent of jobs in Michigan will require workers to have at least some training beyond high school. 2
By 2014, nearly 45 percent of all U.S. jobs will require specialized training, but not a four year degree. Only 25 percent of the nation's workforce will possess such skills. 1 Delta provides the education needed for these jobs. And, 88 percent of Delta College students find employment. Other students transfer on to earn a bachelor's degree.