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Boasting some of the top schools across the nation, over 200,000 students are proud to call Oakland Schools their own. 28 different school districts have their own distinct character, forged by relationships between learners and educators. The Oakland Schools model is so successful, it's even been outsourced to China.

Oakland County also boasts an award-winning community college system and several colleges and universities, including Lawrence Tech University and Oakland University. Look for LTU to create the high-tech employees to fill the New Economy jobs for tomorrow. OU, long renowned for its liberal arts curriculum and arts education, is also home to the brand-new Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

Education + Learning Features

6th grade students during Cyber Civics at Waldorf

These diverse Metro Detroit schools are also among the state's best

We profiled some of the most diverse schools in Metro Detroit, both in terms of student demographics and educational offerings. Read about how they're working to bring the real world into the classrooms.

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The Women's Leadership Conference celebrates Japanese and American women leaders in Oakland County

The Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs and the U.S.-Japan Council present the U.S.-Japan Women’s Leadership Conference on Sept. 26 in the conference center of the county Executive Office Building in Waterford.

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7 ways to 'staycation' in Metro Detroit

It’s rare that you get to play the tourist in your own hometown, but Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties have a lot to offer. 

Local high school art on display at Mahindra HQ in Auburn Hills

Auburn Hills-based Mahindra champions the art of local high school students, seeks to grow program

For design inspiration for the north half of Mahindra Automotive’s North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Advanced Concepts Manager Paul Lowis turned to the talented high school students of Oakland County.

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Why is Pontiac the best home for a tech business?

On June 6, leaders from The NEXT Education, MadDog Technology, LocalHop, and the tech defense industry will sit down with Pontiac entrepreneur Glen Konopaskie at the free High Growth Happy Hour. In advance, they share thoughts on why Pontiac is so special.
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Education + Learning Videos

Take Root video

Featured Video: Take Root

Calling Rochester, Michigan their home, Take Root resides at Oakland University under the direction of its founders and fellow company members, Ali Woerner and Thayer Jonutz. In addition to being a modern dance company, Take Root also works for the health and wellness of the community through programs like their Dance for Parkinson's Disease classes, designed for Parkinson's patience and addressing PD-specific concerns like balance, coordination, and depression. 

Stars and Stripes

Featured Video: Stars & Stripes Kids Activity Center

Stars & Stripes Kids Activity Center in Clarkston provides children's educational programs through physical activity. Programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of children of all ages and skill levels. In addition to offering extreme physical challenges, which are great foundations for every sport, their programs also build self-esteem and promote positive attitudes and mental well-being.

Susan Kruger

Featured Video: SOAR Learning Skills

Susan Kruger has spent over a decade teaching hundreds of students how to succeed in school. She began tutoring individual students in study skills. As demand for her expertise grew, she created the SOAR® Study Skills Workshops to reach more students.

The Robot Garage

Featured Video: The Robot Garage

At The Robot Garage, LEGO toys and robotics adventures are more than just childhood pastimes. Located in a converted warehouse in Birmingham's Rail District, this imagination laboratory hosts building classes, birthday parties, weekend competitions and one of the coolest retail shops in all of Oakland County. Whether you're a creative kid or just a child at heart, there's plenty to discover.

CREST

Featured Video: CREST

The Combined Regional Emergency Services Training (CREST) center is the result of ideas from local police, fire and EMS agencies in collaboration with Oakland Community College. The concept of a training “city” providing realistic settings for real-life problems faced by emergency responders is an innovative outcome of Oakland Community College’s more than 40 years’ experience in training emergency services personnel. Video by M-1 Studios.
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