Detroit Drives Degrees

Detroit Drives Degrees Roundtable at #MPC19

Watch: The Business Case for Prioritizing Talent Development featuring the Managing Director of Education at The Kresge Foundation, William Moses; Vice President of Education and Talent at Detroit Regional Chamber, Greg Handel; and Chairman of Butzel Long, Richard Rassel. Doug Ross, Senior Advisor of Michigan.

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Student Debt Forgiveness Program Announced

April 30, 2019 – The Detroit Regional Chamber with higher education institution partners Henry Ford College, Oakland University, and Wayne State University, recently announced an innovative new program that will remove a primary barrier to degree completion for thousands of adults in the Detroit region.

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What exactly is Detroit Drives Degrees (D3)?

Detroit Drives Degrees is a collective impact initiative to improve the talent pipeline in the Detroit region with three areas of focus:

  • Advancing ACCESS to postsecondary opportunities
  • Boosting student SUCCESS
  • Retaining local TALENT and attracting new talent



The rapidly evolving economy of the Detroit region requires strengthening the talent pipeline. The Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation’s Detroit Drives Degrees (D3) initiative seeks to increase the proportion of individuals with college degrees and high-skill credentials in the region. With only 43 percent of adults having attained this level of education, D3’s primary goal is to increase the postsecondary attainment rate to 60 percent by 2030.

Educational opportunity not only catalyzes economic development, but can also change lives by improving social and economic mobility. Higher education attainment remains the most assured way to earn a better standard of living, which can have broad and positive impacts on the community.

Detroit Drives Degrees is funded by grants from the New Economic Initiative and an Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Education Attainment award.

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