Henry Ford College, Madonna University Form Partnership


Henry Ford College in Dearborn has formed a partnership with Livonia’s Madonna University that allows students to complete their associate’s degree at HFC and then obtain a bachelor’s through Madonna at a newly established University Center on Henry Ford’s campus.

“(The partnership) provides students a strong foundation for success by offering their first two years of high-quality education at an affordable price,” says Stan Jensen, president of Henry Ford College. “They can then work toward their undergraduate degree on (our) campus (from) a high-quality, four-year institution like Madonna. Students save money, work toward their degree, and remain close to home.”

Through the partnership, Madonna undergraduate and graduate classes are now offered at Henry Ford College, including evening and weekend classes. The college has put into place transfer-friendly policies and guarantees, as well as personalized advising.

Last year, Henry Ford College entered into an agreement with Madonna University in which students who earned associate degrees in nursing at Henry Ford and have a Registered Nurse license can transfer their credits to an undergraduate degree in nursing at Madonna.

Henry Ford College officials say they are exploring similar partnerships with other Michigan universities.

Henry Ford offers more than 100 associate degrees such as business administration, computer information systems, and hotel and restaurant management. Madonna University offers bachelor’s in business administration, accounting, and computer technology, among others, as well as master’s degrees in business administration and nursing administration.

IN OTHER EDUCATIONAL NEWS, The Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeast Michigan today announced a web-based software that will connect students with in-demand industries and employers.

“The MI Bright Future partners want to strengthen the connective tissue between schools and businesses by providing them with a platform to directly connect with one another,” says Lisa Katz, executive director of the Workforce Intelligence Network. “Employers can then help to guide students toward interesting, high-demand, and lucrative careers.”

MI Bright Future provides middle and high school students to explore companies and potential work-based learning opportunities such as job shadowing, internships, and company tours. Corporate partners include Alpha USA, CVS Health, DTE Energy, Future Tool, GalaxE.Solutions, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, PTI Plastics, and Tech Shop.​