SUCCESS STORIES

Angela Stonebrink

Traverse City

Angela Stonebrink is a single mom, raising two kids on a minimum wage job. "It's extremely hard to support two kids by yourself." Angela is working towards her GED and hopes to pursue a degree in Nursing. "I want to chase my dreams."

What It Takes

To be ready for college, you must have the skills necessary to enroll and succeed in a credit bearing general education courses in a postsecondary institution without remediation. 

It is important to understand that just passing the GED doesn’t mean that you are prepared for college.  Studies have shown that scores in the 600+ are needed to be successful.     

 

College readiness is determined with a college placement test.  In Northwest Michigan, the local colleges use the COMPASS® Test. The COMPASS® computer-adaptive college placement test will:

  • Evaluate your skill levels in Reading, Writing, Writing Essay and Math.
  • Scores will place you in the appropriate courses based on each individual college's assignments.

 

If you have been out of school for a while, it is important to know that a little remediation can go a long way to help you eliminate the need for the college remedial classes. You can take the COMPASS® test at any local Northwest Michigan Works! Service Center.   After taking the test, you will be provided with the cut-off scores for the college that you plan on attending.  If you see that you will need to take remedial courses, you can register in a Northwest Michigan Works! Learning Lab to complete a review of the skills you are missing.  You can then take the 2nd COMPASS® test to re-evaluate your skill levels.   Information on the COMPASS®  test can be found by clinking on the following link http://www.act.org/compass/

 

Also important to note is basic computer and word processing skills are needed to be successful in college. 

Click here for a great site to get some basics in Computers, Reading and Math.

Click here for the Michigan Education Library (MEL) for test preparation, computer skills and much more!

Don't forget---typing is a necessary skill for almost all your college classes. Click here for a typing check tool

Think you know your Microsoft Office?  Click here to take a quick skills test.  Don't be misled by the website title, it's for everyone!