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education that helps prepare
Whatever your age, interest or educational level, there's a place for everyone in the Otsego County school system. In addition to quality K-12 public and private programs, Gaylord is home to the University Center at Gaylord (UC). The UC is a partnership of two community colleges and six four-year colleges that deliver higher

From 2006 through 2014, 89.2% of persons over the age of 25 were high school graduates in Otsego County while 19.4% over the age of 25 had gone on to obtain a Bachelor's degree or higher.
the regions workforce to meet the needs of an ever-changing workplace.

Area K-12 Schools

 is a K-12 public school district located Gaylord Community Schoolson northern Lower Michigan. The district encompasses approximately 265 square miles, including portions of Otsego, Antrim, Crawford and Montmorency counties. Students are provided a rigorous and relevant academic program enhanced by an array of co-curricular and athletic opportunities. The Gaylord Intermediate School was identified by the Michigan Department of Education as a REWARD school and the district as a Beating the Odds schools. All of the schools are AdvancED Accredited. Contact the school district at 989.705.8090.


Vanderbilt Area Schools has the vision and mission to graduate respectful, responsible, lifelong learners empowered to meet future challenges. Contact them at 989.983.2561.

Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools district mission is to educate its students in a manner that will enable them to participate responsibly in an ever-changing world. This district has won many awards such as being designated a Michigan Best Practice School, Highly Graded Schools by the State of Michigan, and Odyssey of the Mind Global Finalist (five times!). Contact them at 989.732.1773.

St. Mary Cathedral School is committed to nurturing lifelong discipleship in the Lord, promoting academic excellence and cultivating God-given talents. Contact them at 989.732.5801.

 is an interdenominational elementary school, offering academic and spiritual instruction from Otsego Christian Schoolthree-year old pre-school to eighth grade. Contact them at 989.732.8333.

Grace Baptist Christian School is a Baptist oriented K-12 private school, offering academic and spiritual instruction to students. Contact them at 989.732.5676.

Higher Education

University Center at Gaylord delivers quality, state-of-the-art education and training that is responsive to personal growth and business needs throughout Otsego County and Northern Michigan through a consortium of colleges that offer degrees, enrichment and skill certification programs. Contact them at 989.705.3700.

 is a M-TEC at Kirtland-Gaylordstate-of-the art facility offering technical education in a unique, flexible, student-friendly manner. M-TEC features state-of-the-art equipment, pedagogy, and curriculum taught by experienced faculty. Students can choose a course of study and build it from hundreds of skill-specific modules, resulting in a dynamic, flexible program preparing graduates to enter into high-paying jobs. Contact them at 989.705.3600.

North Central Michigan College (NCMC) offers general education courses and Associate degrees that serve as a gateway to a vast array of programs through the University Center Gaylord. NCMC provides an Associate of Arts, Associate of General Studies and Associate of Applied Science in Geographic Information Systems completed entirely at UC Gaylord. Contact them at 989.705.3600.

 is known as the school-of-choice for business-minded students of all ages and background. Northwood University's management and entrepreneurship focus Northwood Universityprepares students to become the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society. Contact them at 989.705.3710.

Lake Superior State University is known for strong and distinctive academic programs taught by faculty who take an interest in student success. Students are afforded many opportunities to actively engage with faculty members on research projects and experiential learning. LSSU is Michigan’s smallest public university and the only institution (public or private) to offer these unique programs in Northern Lower Michigan. Contact them at 989.705.3791.

 has a Graduate and Professional Studies division that allows you to earn your degree without interrupting your job or personal life. The quality of their curricula, the expertise of faculty, and the success of their graduates Spring Arbor Universityhas given them a well-deserved reputation for educational excellence. Some key advantages of Spring Arbor University include earning your degree in an accelerated format (usually two years or less), taking one course at a time, one night per week, and acquiring the knowledge and skills that are in high demand. Contact them at 989.705.3740.

was founded by the Felician Sisters of Livonia in Madonna University 1937, and is a Catholic university in the Franciscan tradition committed to teaching, scholarship, and service. The Social Work Program offers its B.S.W. degree program to students in Northern Michigan via interactive television (two-way audio/video) through the University Center Gaylord. Designed for transfer students, the part-time program may be completed in 2 1/2 years with classes scheduled to accommodate the working adult student. The Gaylord Social Work Distance Learning program replicates the main campus part-time degree completion program and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Contact them at 800.852.4951, ext. 5498.

Michigan State University - All MSW programs at Michigan State University are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). All provide the academic courses and field experiences required to develop the ten core social work competencies identified by CSWE and the social work practice community. Contact them at 517.432.2249.

Eastern Michigan University offers a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership. Their advanced professional education programs develop leaders who demonstrate reflective thought and scholarship within the context of a culturally diverse society. This 38 credit hour master’s program may be of particular interest to professional educators who are either prospective or practicing higher education administrators. Contact them at 877.368.8289.

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