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Learn More, Earn More!

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

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::

  • Basic Education which helps adults improve their reading, writing and math skills for people below the ninth-grade level.
  • Secondary Education which help adults achieve the education needed to obtain a high school equivalency credential and transition to college, training and/or employment. Your Secondary Education options may include:
    • Remediation to have your reading, writing or math skills improved.
    • High School Equivalency (HSE)which is instruction that prepares you to take and pass a high school equivalency test. 
  • English Language Acquisition which helps non-native speakers improve their English skills to be able to further their education, help their children with schoolwork and activities, and/or obtain training and employment.
  • Integrated English Language Aquisition and Civics Education which helps non-native speakers improve their English skills while learning how to become an effective parent, citizen and worker.
  • Literacy Councils which provide one-on-one tutoring for a range of academic levels, but usually for adults who have very low-level reading and math skills.
  • Workplace Literacy which supports employers in giving their employees and their family members the tools and guidance they need to further their education and careers. 

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.

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Need further assistance with Adult Education?

Please call 517-335-5858 if you have any questions or need assistance finding the Adult Education services you need.

INTERNSHIPS

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

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.

PERKINS POSTSECONDARY CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION

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

MICHIGAN CAREER & TECHNICAL INSTITUTE


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