A lot of people will go their their class, get their permit and then they're sitting at a gun shop looking at guns they have no clue about and holsters that are even worse thinking "Now what do I do?" and the whole time a pushy salesperson is trying to sell them anything they can.
If you're not looking to carry right now, there's nothing wrong with that. Start researching and learning and take as much training as you can.
You seem to grasp that that the CPL classes are pretty much the minimum standard and should not be relied heavily on past "meeting a requirement" Good on ya' for that.
Where in MI are you? I'm originally from there and keep up on some of the class offerings around the state etc.