Oakland County’s 33rd Economic Forecast, Future Growth and Prosperity

Great news was reported across the board at Oakland County’s 33rd Economic Outlook Luncheon on Thursday, April 26th. The luncheon, held at the Troy Marriott, was hosted by Chase Bank, Oakland Community College, and Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs. It featured keynote addresses from two University of Michigan Economists: Dr. Gabriel Ehrlich and Donald Grimes.

Before the luncheon, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Grimes, and Dr. Ehrlich spoke to the press and shared highlights from the report. According to the report, Oakland County has posted 119,100 job additions from 2010 – 2017. The county’s average growth pace of 2.6% per year outpaced both the nation’s and the state’s average rate of 1.8% over the same period. The continued recovery in Oakland County is consistent with the sustained expansion of the U.S. and Michigan economies. View a digital copy of the 2018 – 2020 Oakland County Economic Outlook Summary online. Continue reading

Oakland County College Connections Story Map

Are you planning for your future? Opportunity abounds for higher education in Oakland County. Scholars have several options to choose from with various universities, skilled trade schools, degree programs, and career and specialty schools nearby. Take a look at our GIS College Connections story map and learn about the exciting options that are available to you right here in Oakland County. Click on a college or school that interests you to learn more about what they have to offer.

The Oakland County College Connections story map can be a great resource for your decision-making process.

Whether you’re looking to acquire a new skilled trade, earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree, or obtain new career skills, the possibilities for higher education in Oakland County are almost endless. It’s time to apply – your future is now!


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Oakland Community College: Oakland County College Connections

With five campuses throughout the county, over 100 degree and certificate programs, university transfer degrees in business, science, and the liberal arts, Oakland Community College (OCC) has extensive offerings for its students. OCC provides a quality, affordable higher education opportunity to the community and is committed to enhancing the quality of life, health, and safety in Oakland County through their Combined Regional Emergency Services Training (CREST) center.

For years, OCC has been known for offering a caring environment, excellent instructors, smaller classes, and educational options that meet the needs of the community. Extra-curricular activities are offered at all five campuses giving students additional opportunities for networking, career growth, building friendships, overall student success, and more. More than one million students have enrolled since it opened in 1965.

Take a look at our video to see why OCC might be the perfect place to achieve your education and career goals.

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Oakland County Exceeds Economic Forecast, Projects Continued Growth

University of Michigan Economists, Donald Grimes and Dr. Gabriel Ehrlich, address the media in a press conference with Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson.

Good news dominated both reports and forecasts at last Thursday’s 32nd Economic Outlook Luncheon.

The Luncheon, held at the Marriott Hotel in Troy, featured keynote addresses from two University of Michigan Economists: Dr. Gabriel Ehrlich and Dr. Donald Grimes. Ehrlich and Grimes co-authored this year’s Economic Outlook Summary, which compiled highly-detailed data on job growth, population trends, and economic forecasts as far ahead as 2019.

According to the report, Oakland County has added an average of 15,771 jobs per year since 2009. In 2016, in-county employers added 16,475 new jobs, an overall increase of 2.3%. 2016’s growth rate surpassed the numbers for both 2014 and 2015, which saw increases of 1.9% and 2.1%, respectively. Continue reading

Oakland County College Series: Oakland Community College

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Oakland Community College (OCC) offers approximately 100 degree and certificate programs, as well as university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. With five campuses throughout the county, OCC provides a high quality, affordable higher education opportunity to the community and is committed to enhancing the quality of life, health, and safety in Oakland County. Continue reading