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School Districts

In Michigan, an Intermediate School District (ISD) is a governmental agency organized at the county or multi-county level that partners and assists a local school district in providing programs and services. The following ISDs are key partners in educating students from birth through high school in the Southwest Michigan Region:

The Kalamazoo Promise

TKP_LogoStackedIn the fall of 2005, a group of anonymous donors interested in the economic strength and quality of life in the city of Kalamazoo made an amazing gift: every Kalamazoo Public School graduate is provided the opportunity to attend post-secondary education with up to a 100% tuition scholarship. All students who graduate from Kalamazoo Public Schools, reside in the district and have been students four years or more are given funding for college tuition and mandatory fees at any public university or community college in the state of Michigan. In 2014, the program extended to also include the Michigan Colleges Alliance liberal arts colleges in the state.

On June 7, 2010, President Obama delivered the first ever presidential commencement speech at a high school at Kalamazoo Central High School as a direct result of the national attention The Kalamazoo Promise has brought to the Southwest Michigan Region.

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Higher Education

Among the largest universities in the United States with almost 19,000 undergraduate students, Western Michigan University is ranked among U.S. News and World Report’s top national universities and one of only four public universities in the state to be named in the top tier. Kalamazoo College ranks among the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges. More than 44,000 students are preparing to enter the workforce at one of Southwest Michigan’s colleges or universities, with an additional 303,000 studying just beyond our region’s physical border and within a two-hour drive. There are many notable colleges and universities within a close proximity.


Colleges and Universities in Southwest Michigan

Albion College | Albion, MI

Andrews University | Berrien Springs, MI

Glen Oaks Community College | Centreville, MI

Kalamazoo College | Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo Valley Community College | Kalamazoo, MI

Kellogg Community College| Battle Creek, MI

Lake Michigan College | Benton Harbor, MI

Southwestern Michigan College | Dowagiac, MI

Western Michigan University | Kalamazoo, MI

Selected Colleges and Universities in Proximity

Aquinas College | Grand Rapids, MI

Calvin College | Grand Rapids, MI

Central Michigan University | Mount Pleasant, MI

Davenport University | Grand Rapids, MI

Eastern Michigan University| Ypsilanti, MI

Ferris State University | Big Rapids, MI

Grand Valley State University| Allendale, MI

Hillsdale College | Hillsdale, MI

Hope College | Holland, MI

Loyola University | Chicago, IL

Michigan State University | East Lansing, MI

Northwestern University | Chicago, IL

Oakland University| Rochester, MI

Trine University | Angola, IN

University of Illinois at Chicago | Chicago, IL

University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint, MI

University of Notre Dame | South Bend, IN

Valparaiso University | Valparaiso, IN

Wayne State University | Detroit, MI

Western Theological Seminary | Holland, MI

Internship Programs

MIINTERNSHIP.com is a one-stop web resource for employers and Miinternshipstudents to post and apply for internship, apprenticeship, fellowship and co-op positions in the Southwest Michigan Region.

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The Monroe-Brown Internship Program, a collaboration between
Southwest Michigan First and the Monroe-Brown Internship ProgramKalamazoo-based Monroe-Brown Foundation delivers one of the nation’s most rewarding internship experiences. College and university students get not only funding for higher education — up to $3,500 in scholarships plus wages — but, more importantly, applied career experience in the Southwest Michigan business community.

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Southwest Michigan First

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Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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