​Oakland County’s ambitious goal will lead to a more skilled workforce with higher earnings.

County Executive Coulter launched Oakland80 with a goal of having 80 percent of adults with a post-high school degree or credential by 2030. This will lead to residents earning higher wages and pursuing more in-demand careers while employers access highly-skilled talent for their workforce. Oakland80 is managed jointly by the County Executive’s office and workforce development division under the economic development department and is supported by a Task Force comprised of innovative leaders from education, business, and labor organizations.

Setting Education Goals

Oakland County is positioned to be a national leader in educational attainment, with exemplary K-12, higher education, economic development, business, and workforce development partners. Our partnership, Oakland80, sets a goal of 80 percent of our adults with a post-high school degree or credential by 2030. We must ensure post-high school students obtain the financial assistance available to them, students who start college finish with a degree, and industry-recognized credentials are widely available. Oakland80 features several state and regional training opportunities and resources to help support individuals reach their education and career goals.

​High School Completion

High School Completion

Percentage of Oakland County population 25 years and over with a high school diploma or equivalent1

Some College, No Degree

Some College, No DegreePercentage of Oakland County population 25 years and over who have some college education, but no degree1

Post-Secondary Enrollment

Post-Secondary EnrollmentPercentage of Oakland County population age 18+ (excluding residents who have already received an associate’s degree or higher) enrolled in some form of post-secondary education1


Credentials/Certifications Percentage of Oakland County population 25 years and over who have obtained a college degree or industry-recognized credential/certification3

Post-Secondary Completion

Post-Secondary Completion

Percentage of Oakland County population 25 years and over who have an associate’s degree or higher1

Net Migration

Net Migration
Total number of domestic and international movers into Oakland County2

​1Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 1-year estimates (2019)
2Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 5-year estimates (2019)
3Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 1-year estimates (2019); Corporation for Skilled Workforce

 Supportive Services

Eligible Oakland County residents can take advantage of financial support while in training!

To help our residents achieve their career goals, we have partnered with Oakland County Michigan Works! to offer financial support to pay for books, supplies, transportation, childcare, and other related expenses while students are enrolled in training. This support is made possible through the American Rescue Plan.

Additional Resources

College Scorecard:

Find the post-secondary program that is right for you with the U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard

The College Scorecard allows students and families to compare all college options and determine the best program to fit their educational needs. Compare costs, graduation rates, post-college earnings and other metrics and make the decision that ensures your success.

Explore this resource here:


State Launches Michigan Reconnect Program Offering Free Tuition to Eligible Adults

The new Michigan Reconnect program provides eligible adults age 25 or older with the opportunity to earn a tuition-free associate degrees or skills certificates at their local, in-district community colleges or select private training schools.

The goal is to help people prepare for in-demand careers in manufacturing, construction, information technology, health care and business management. This program is directly aligned with Oakand80 program and its objective of having 80 percent of the adults in Oakland County obtain a post-secondary degree or credential by 2030.

Persons can submit a Michigan Reconnect application at
Reconnect button


To learn more about Oakland 80, as well as specific post-secondary degree and credentialed training programs, please contact your nearest Oakland County Michigan Works! office.


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 Taskforce Members

Baker College
Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
JVS Human Services
Lawrence Technological University
Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education
 Northwood University
Oakland Community College
Oakland County
Oakland County Michigan Works!
Oakland Schools
Oakland University
Operating Engineers Local 324
Plumbers Local 98
State of Michigan Labor and Economic Opportunity
Troy School District
Walsh College