SUCCESS STORIES

Gary "Buck" Mabry

Manistee

Gary "Buck" Mabry dropped out of school in the 9th grade. He eventually realized he would need to get an education if he wanted to move on with his life and get a skilled profession. Gary earned his GED at the Manistee Adult Education Learning Lab. "Without the Learning Lab I'd still be studying, too   afraid to take my GED tests," said Mabry. He plans to get his Associates Degree in Behavioral Science at West Shore Community College and then go on to get his Bachelors Degree so he can become a counselor.

Checklist

Follow these steps to prepare for success in college:

  • Complete the application process at the college. (use our COLLEGE tab above to navigate directly to the application page!)
  • Complete the FAFSA to determine eligibility for financial aid to help you pay for your college courses or click here for a short video about FAFSA and other financial aid.
  • Take the ACCUPLACER® test to determine college placement. (Click here for a list of Learning Labs to take the ACCUPLACER® test at no charge )
  • Determine if you have remedial needs from the ACCUPLACER® test results.
  • Register at a Northwest Michigan Works! Learning Lab (click for locations and information) for help with improving your skills.
  • Remediate in the learning lab until you are ready to attend postsecondary education training.
  • Re-take the ACCUPLACER®  Placement test to determine improved test scores.