SUCCESS STORIES

Carol Winowiecki

East Jordan

After losing her job at Tower Automotive, Carol Winowiecki went to the East  Jordan Adult Education Learning Lab where she put in hours of hard work to   improve her math skills. She went on to enroll in the Culinary Arts program at Northwestern Michigan College and received a Persistent Student Scholarship.  She also received the Northwest Michigan Council of Government's 2011 Adult Education Award.

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!