Labor and Economic Opportunity
It’s a simple concept that the more you learn, the more you can potentially earn.
Those with a high school credential can earn more than $6,000 more per year than those without one. And those with a two-year degree can earn more than $7,500 more per year than those without.
Additionally, a strong state – and a strong economy – requires a concentration of talented people who are prepared to compete. Michigan has a goal of increasing the number of working-age adults with a skill certificate or college degree from 45% today to 60% by 2030. Learn more at SixtyBy30.org.
There are many paths by which to learn more – including formal adult education programs and services, internships, registered apprenticeships and much more.
Adult education provides opportunities for adults to improve education levels (especially in math, reading or writing), obtain a high school credential, or become better English speakers.
There are more than 100 programs statewide that provide a range of free or low-cost adult education services, such as::
Want to find a program near you that offers free or low-cost adult education services? Select a region for a listing by county for adult education programs near you to discover your options.
Region 1: Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, and Schoolcraft counties.
Region 2: Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Manistee, Wexford, and Missaukee counties.
Region 3: Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Roscommon, Ogemaw, and Iosco counties.
Region 4: Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola and Ottawa counties.
Region 5: Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Midland, Isabella, and Saginaw counties.
Region 6: Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair and Tuscola, counties.
Region 7: Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties.
Region 8: Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties.
Region 9: Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe and Washtenaw counties.
Region 10: Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.
Please call 517-335-5858 if you have any questions or need assistance finding the Adult Education services you need.
For those just entering the workforce, or transitioning into a new field, internships offer a great opportunity to get your foot in the door. Often, internships provide the springboard to a full-time or permanent position within the company of your field of interest.
Learn more about internships at Pure Michigan Talent Connect.
Registered apprenticeships are high-quality work-based learning and postsecondary earn-and-learn models that meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor.
Apprenticeships combine classroom studies with extensive on-the-job training under supervision of a journey level craftperson or trade professional. Workers who complete apprenticeship programs can earn, on average, $300,000 more over the course of their career when compared to peers who do not.
Learn more about registered apprenticeships at Michigan.gov/Apprenticeships.
The primary goal of the Perkins Postsecondary program is to encourage individuals to join a Career and Technical Education program, which can lead to the academic and technical skill competencies necessary for individuals to work in a technologically advanced society.
Learn more about the Perkins Postsecondary program at Michigan.gov/LEO-Perkins.
The Michigan Career & Technical Institute (MCTI) is an educational center for adults with disabilities, offering career assessment services that help students explore job options. It is located in Plainwell. MCTI has 13 training programs – each with an active advisory committee made up of people who work in that industry and help ensure the curriculum and equipment meet business standards and needs.
Learn more about MCTI at Michigan.gov/MCTI.