Lawrence Tech signs Detroit Regional Talent Compact to boost educational attainment

SOUTHFIELD—Officials at Lawrence Technological University have signed the Detroit Regional Talent Compact, an equity-driven initiative led by the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Detroit Drives Degrees program.

The Compact brings together stakeholders from business, philanthropy, government, K-12, and higher education to accomplish two goals: increase the Detroit region’s postsecondary attainment rate to 60% and reduce the racial equity gap by half by 2030.

“Lawrence Technological University welcomes the acceptance into, and partnership with, the Detroit Regional Talent Compact,” said LTU President Tarek M. Sobh. “LTU provides students increased access to technology-based education through innovative early middle college, dual enrollment, summer technical camps, and university degree programs. These programs, along with our certificate, workforce, and professional development programs, provides students life long learning opportunities. These skills are well-recognized by industry and provide students with the economic mobility that can make a difference for them and their families for generations. We are committed to the educational attainment of all residents of the Detroit region and being a key partner in this goal in an inclusive manner.”

Launched in October 2020, statewide and regional partners announced their chosen strategies and commitments to the compact and the dual goals of education attainment and racial equity. The strategies focus on access to education, increasing student success in postsecondary programs, supporting adults as they enter or return to college, and supporting regional businesses to retain and upskill current workers while attracting new talent.

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Lawrence Technological University,, is one of only 13 private, technological, comprehensive doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932, and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Engineering, and Health Sciences. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best in the Midwest colleges. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

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