University Center Gaylord (UCG) primarily offers higher education through Academic and Career Technical Training, Professional Development, and Lifelong Learning classes. Its mission includes facilitating the delivery of quality, state-of-the-art education, and training that is responsive to personal growth and business needs throughout Otsego County and northern Michigan. The partnership of colleges/universities and professional organizations offers degrees, enrichment, and technical certification programs. Students can obtain a GED, certifications, college credits, dual enrollment, Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's degrees in a variety of fields.
In addition, University Center Gaylord is an Approved Professional Testing Center for many national and international testing companies. The mission of UCG is to drive regional economic growth by providing a skilled workforce, and a centrally located, barrier-free, high-tech facility for area meetings and training. It is also the managing partner for the community-owned Metropolitan Area Network. The University Center Metropolitan Area Network (UCMAN) is comprised of several key features, including shared infrastructure, staffing, hardware, connectivity, and wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) 'hotspots'.
The UCMAN has been developed to position our community to be at the forefront of technology. As a result, in 2014, Otsego County was awarded Certification as a Connected Broadband Ready County….one of only 8 Michigan counties, and only 18 in the country, to receive this honor.