There are a couple of schools for cartooning that Amanda has mentioned wanting to go to but we haven't really talked about it that much (said I while hiding my head in the sand). It's too bad she wasn't interested in pursuing a future in industrial engineering as Kettering University offers engineering co-op programs that would give her not only the education but the experience when entering the highly competitive job market. It isn't enough to just have a degree these days, you've got to have some real life work experience to go along with it.
Recently, US News and World Report ranked Kettering University as "the #1 University in the nation for Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering" in its annual "America's Best Colleges Guide for 2008". With their unique co-op programs, Kettering places students in companies in their freshman year and then rotates them between school and their co-op job every 3 months in order to gain practical experience. Not only do students gain an education and job experience with the co-op program but they also earn a professional salary.
With eleven science, business, and engineering programs and seven majors to choose from Kettering offers some of the best co-op education in the nation. Like I said, it's too bad Amanda wasn't looking for a career in any of the fields they offer because I would be definitely encouraging her to look into Kettering and the opportunities they offer outside of a boring academics only education. Maybe it's something your soon-to-be bound for college student might want to check out?