Three area adult education programs receive financial boost from the state | WKZO | Everything Kalamazoo

ALLEGAN, MI (WKZO AM/FM) – Three west Michigan school districts are receiving state funding to help adults over the age of 23 obtain a high school diploma and get started in career training programs.

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity says the effort should lead to in-demand careers and bigger paychecks for those participating.

Among the local recipients of the Michigan Adult Education 23+ High School Diploma Program grants are Allegan Public Schools with $51,000, Plainwell Community Schools with $29,000, and Zeeland Adult Education with $54,500.

“Earning a high school diploma is a critical first step on a pathway to the degrees and certifications Michiganders need to secure good-paying jobs and financial security,” said LEO Director Susan Corbin. “The Adult Education 23+ High School Diploma Program helps us deliver on our mission to close equity gaps, remove barriers, and help people on their pathway to economic prosperity.”

State officials say each of the grant recipients will provide a variety of services to Michigan’s adult learners who are at least 23 years of age, including dropout reengagement services, academic intake assessments and integrated learning plans. They will also offer remediation coursework, employability skills development and career training leading to an industry-recognized credential.

“The Adult Education 23+ High School Diploma Program helps bridge the talent gap, ensuring adult learners have the skills Michigan employers need to grow and thrive in an ever-changing global economy,” said Stephanie Beckhorn, LEO’s Director of the Office of Employment and Training.

The programs receiving grant funding are also required to provide these adult learners with access to a robust support framework, including technology, social and academic support.


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