The back-to-school season doesn’t only apply to traditional learners, but to the adults returning to education. Whether it’s adding to their existing degree, finishing a path they previously started or attending school for the first time, adults going back to school is common. No matter what the reason may be, there are resources for adult learners at all education levels to meet the necessary education requirements to set themselves up for success in their desired career field.
One program designed to help you get on the fast track to a competitively paid job in a high-growth field is Grow with Google. In six months, you can be job ready by earning a Google Career Certificate. The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Employment and Training is offering scholarships to bring the program to the state of Michigan.
No relevant experience or degree is needed to complete this flexible, online job training. It can help you develop the leadership skills and approaches to become a more effective leader in the workplace while also learning industry specific skills such as interview preparation, digital marketing, the ins and outs of small business ownerships and more. For more information visit https://grow.google.
We know that starting or going back to school can be a daunting task. Adults often attend college on a part-time basis as they juggle family and work responsibilities. It’s also easier to take on the financial obligations in smaller portions, but like the PAE Program and Grow with Google, Michigan Reconnect is a resource designed to provide financial tuition support for post-secondary education.
Offering free tuition to your in-district community college, Michigan Reconnect allows adults to earn an associate degree Pell-eligible skill certificate. Child care, transportation, or additional financial support can also be supported with the work of state and local partners who are here to help you.
At Capital Area Michigan Works! (CAMW!) We house and collaborate with a few programs that provide adult education. One of which is the Lansing School District – which has representatives in our Lansing American Job Center – provides adult learners to advance their education and position in life. With GED, High School Diploma, English as a Second Language and Career Pathways options – the Lansing School District has something for every learner at every age. Learn more on their website https://www.lansingschools.net/academic-choices/adult-education/.
Additionally, our close partner the Refugee Development Center offers a plethora of programs for youth and adults alike. One notable program is their English Language Program, which is for all students over 16 years old who wish to improve their English skills. The RDC offers six levels of English instruction in a variety of settings, which program helps each participant learn English and improve career opportunities.
For more than two decades the Potterville Adult Education (PAE) program has served as another option for adult learners in the Lansing region. We announced the PAE program’s recent move into the Lansing American Job Center last month in one of our columns. The PAE program believes adult education gives people a second chance and the opportunity to build a brighter future for individuals and families.
With this belief in mind, the program is dedicated to providing adults with the opportunity to earn a General Education Development Certificate (GED), which is equivalent to a high school diploma. To learn more about getting involved with the PAE program by visiting their website pottervilleadulteducation.com or the Lansing American Job Center.
Finally, another program that’s housed right within CAMW! American Job Centers is the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program, which provides career coaching and funding opportunities for classroom and On-the-Job Training based on program eligibility. Training opportunities in a variety of industries may include: healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, transportation and many more.
If you are interested in learning more about the WIOA Program and eligibility for enrollment, please view the CAMW! Connections presentation and complete the application.
If you’re unsure where to start or don’t know what program is right for you, CAMW! can help, just call 517-492-5536 or email [email protected]
Carrie Rosingana is the CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works! Visitwww.camw.org to connect with the Capital Area Michigan Works! team for assistance with career exploration or staffing needs. Capital Area Michigan Works !, a proud partner of the American Job Center Network, offers services in Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties at our Lansing, St. Johns and Charlotte American Job Centers.