Labor and Economic Opportunity
Free online tool connects users to local programs, resources and high school equivalency testing centers
January 29, 2021
Contact: Mike Murray, 517-275-1820
LANSING, Mich.— To assist Michiganders with Adult Education opportunities, the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) has launched a new online tool – the Adult Education Services Locator – which allows users to conduct custom searches and identify a variety of Adult Education programs, resources and high school equivalency testing centers available statewide.
“There are more than 100 approved adult education programs in Michigan, and the new Adult Education Services Locator tool makes it easier than ever for Michiganders in all 83 counties to find nearby programs to continue their education,” said Stephanie Beckhorn, LEO’s Director of the Office of Employment and Training. “Connecting Michigan residents to educational opportunities is an essential first step on the road to a meaningful career pathway.”
Adult Education programs allow more than 15,000 Michiganders without a diploma to make educational progress annually, creating pathways to better jobs and financial stability. Connecting adults with these educational opportunities also helps address the skills gap that challenges the success of Michigan businesses and the state’s prosperity. Those who prepare themselves today by completing their high school diploma or equivalency can readily take advantage of future postsecondary programs offered by the state.
The Adult Education Services Locator, which is available at Michigan.gov/LearnMoreEarnMore, allows visitors to search for a variety of services including Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, English as a Second Language and Workplace Literacy in relation to their city or ZIP code.
The Adult Education Services Locator also assists those interested in testing to obtain their high school equivalency. The free online tool can help connect users with any of the more than 390 testing centers in the state that provide those services.
Improving access to Adult Education supports the state’s “Learn More, Earn More” efforts to provide opportunities for adults to improve education skills – especially in math, reading, and/or writing – obtain a high school credential, or become better English speakers. A better educated workforce benefits workers, employers and Michigan communities.
Expanding access to Adult Education aligns with Michigan’s Sixty-by-30 goal to increase the number of working-age adults with a skill certificate or college degree to 60 percent by 2030.
For more information about Adult Education in Michigan, visit Michigan.gov/LearnMoreEarnMore.