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Quality of Life


Presque Isle County is home to Posen Consolidated School District, Onaway Area Schools, and Rogers City Area Schools. All three districts provide K-12 learning, athletics, and artistic opportunities.

Adjacent to Presque Isle is Alpena Community College. Named one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute in 2015-16, Alpena Community College has received national recognition for excellence in student completion, affordability, technical programs, and workforce development initiatives. IPEDS data shows that its student completion rates rank in the top three among Michigan’s 28 community colleges each of the past five years. Due to a high proportion of Pell-eligible students in conjunction with a generous supply of endowed scholarship support provided by friends of the College, IPEDS data demonstrates that affordability is at the top of its comparison group of 10 small, rural, comprehensive Michigan community colleges.


Unique occupational programs in concrete technology, utility technology, and marine technology draw students from beyond the five-county Northeast Michigan service district. Its workforce development programs, honored in 2007 by the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration as first in the nation in the category of educating America’s the 21st century workforce, have maintained cutting edge innovation and responsiveness supported in 2011 and 2014 by two USDOL/ETA Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training grants totaling $5.3 million. The College has established state and national leadership in Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle (drone) testing and training.


Five ACC faculty won prestigious statewide awards for occupational teaching excellence at the TRENDS conference in fall 2016. In spring 2017, the nursing and allied health programs received program accreditation from the national Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) in April 2017. In September 2017, the College received 10 years re-accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. In spring 2018, ACC lineworkers won the national championship at the College Lineman’s Rodeo in Nebraska.


ACC is a community college prized by its stakeholders with a culture comprised of many strengths. Connecting to the community is a fundamental core value at ACC.


MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena is a 139 licensed-bed medical center that serves the health care needs of residents throughout northern Michigan. Alpena’s first community hospital, the Donald McRae Hospital, opened in 1915. In 1940, Alpena General Hospital opened. On April 1, 2016, Alpena Regional Medical Center joined MidMichigan Health, making it the fifth Medical Center in the MidMichigan Health system.

Accredited by The Joint Commission, the Medical Center has approximately 1,000 employees, 200 volunteers and about 100 physicians.

In addition to 24-hour emergency care, diagnostic imaging and laboratory services, MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena provides patients with access to a full continuum of health care services normally found only in much larger communities.

MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena provides a full range of services in specialty areas, including:

  • Behavioral Health Services

  • Cancer Care

  • Diagnostic Imaging

  • Orthopedics

  • Pain Management

  • Rehabilitation Services

  • Sleep Center

  • Surgical Services

  • Women’s Health

  • Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine

MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena full-service Cancer Center has been in partnership with Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan, since 2001. The state-of-the-art facility offers advanced medical and radiation oncology, chemotherapy and infusion services in a convenient setting.

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Arts, Culture, and Activities.

A thriving arts and cultural renaissance defines Northeast Michigan with a rich variety of events, venues and experiences to engage a broad palate of interests. Opportunities to immerse oneself in arts, culture, history and the humanities while recreating with nature abound in Alpena and the region in addition to more traditional outdoor recreational pursuits.

From local coffee shops, artisan galleries, stunning landscapes, and interesting lore and history, the Northeast Michigan region offers the quaint retreat you’ve been searching for. Spend a moment with us and you’re sure to fall in love with the Sunrise Side of Michigan. Learn More

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