Creating a stronger workforce in Motor City.

Led by Detroit Drives Degrees, an initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Detroit Talent Hub brings together the public, private, and social sector to improve the education and talent system in southeast Michigan.  Focused on reducing equity gaps by half, the Detroit Talent Hub is known for their bold actions that connect business and education stakeholders to improve outcomes through practice and policy change. Detroit Drives Degrees focuses on two goals: increase the postsecondary attainment rate to 60% and reduce the racial equity gap by half by 2030.

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Greg Handel
Vice President, Education and Talent
Ora Pescovitz
President of Oakland University / D3 Co-Chair
Meghan Schmidbauer
Senior Director, Detroit Drives Degrees
Stephanie Iovan
Director, D3C3
Christi Taylor
Senior Director, Talent Initiatives



The Detroit Talent Hub created the first debt forgiveness program in the country.

Designed and implemented by Wayne State University, the nation’s first debt forgiveness program wipes out up to $1,500 of a student’s past due balance to reduce barriers to re-enrollment.  Combined with robust academic advising and wrap-around supports, hundreds more adults that left the institution before completing their degree have a path back to and through higher education.

The program, which has proven to have a 120%+ ROI for Wayne State, has now been scaled regionally, with over five higher education institutions offering similar programs.


The Detroit Talent Hub exceeded their credential completion goal for adults by 269% over a two-year period.

Working with five higher education institutions, the Detroit Talent Hub set a credential completion goal for adults over the age of 25 of 3,060.  Due to a suite of system-level strategies that reduced barriers to access and completion, a total of 8,241 adult learners completed a high-quality credential over a two-year period.

Key Initiatives

Detroit Regional Talent Compact

The Compact’s vision is a Detroit with systems, policies, and resources that allow every resident to access and succeed in postsecondary education, leading to careers that fill the region’s talent needs. It strives to improve social mobility that empowers residents to earn a family-sustaining wage and contribute to the economic and social well-being of their communities.

Launched in October 2020, 35 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 as they retain and upskill current workers while attracting new talent.

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D3C3 - Community College Collaborative

The Detroit Drives Degrees Community College Collaborative is a systems-building partnership focused on driving equitable change for residents of southeast Michigan.  Focused on the three clusters of student success, K12 alignment, and pathways into the mobility sector, D3C3 brings together community colleges, employers, intermediaries, school districts, and philanthropy to make policy and practice change.


Oakland University
Higher Education
Macomb Community College
Higher Education
Henry Ford College
Higher Education
Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation
Washtenaw College
Higher Education
Monroe College
Higher Education
Ballmer Group
Schoolcraft College
Higher Education
Oakland Community College
Higher Education
Industry Group