Schoolcraft College is a small community college in Livonia, Michigan. The school also has an additional campus in Garden City, Michigan for those students who cannot make the commute to Livonia. Schoolcraft is a two-year college with associate’s degrees and career certification programs for its students. Many of the students who graduate from Schoolcraft College choose to immediately transfer to a four-year institution and continue pursuing a bachelor’s degree or even a master’s degree.
The school was originally known as the Northwest Wayne County Community College. This name, however, proved to be a problem as it was too long for many Michigan residents to easily recall. The school changed its name to Schoolcraft College in the early 1960s. The name Schoolcraft came from a famed geologist named Henry Schoolcraft who studied Native American linguistics to give many Michigan cities and counties their names. Many residents, board members, faculty members, and students, however, objected to the proposed name. Several thought that out-of-towners would mistakenly think that Schoolcraft College was associated with the Village of Schoolcraft in Southwest Michigan. The word “community” was dropped from the school’s name to avoid this possibility.
The college is relatively new to the Michigan area and only recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. However, its unique programs and beautiful campus have quickly cemented it as a lasting institution in the state of Michigan.