Fred Ray

Traverse City

Fred Ray quit school in the 9th grade, so when he lost the manufacturing job he had for 26 years he didn't have any education to fall back on. He went to the Traverse City Adult Education Learning Lab to work on his GED. "This class has really done wonders for me, I really learned a lot," said Ray. He's looking at different education options including a certificate program in landscaping.

The Northwest Michigan Adult Learning Partnership was formed to assist adult learners with the often difficult task of transitioning from Adult Education to post-secondary education.

Adults in Northwest Michigan can participate in several initiatives that introduce them to programs and resources at local colleges. Those initiatives include Campus Visits, Financial Aid Workshops, Study Skills Classes, Mentoring relationships, and Career Education and Training Fairs.


The Partnership consists of the following partners:

  • TBA ISD Adult Education/Northwest Michigan Works!
  • Northwest Michigan Works!
  • Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District
  • North Central Michigan College
  • Northwestern Michigan College
  • Baker College of Cadillac
  • Kirtland Community College - M-TEC at Gaylord
  • West Shore Community College
  • Grand Traverse Literacy Council
  • Michigan Rehabilitation Services-Northern Division