SUCCESS STORIES

Bill Becker

Traverse City

When Bill Becker lost the job he'd had with an electrical wholesale company for 25 years he realized if he wanted to find a new job he would have to improve his math and reading skills. He did that at the Traverse City Adult Education Learning Lab. "It helped me a lot because now I can try to keep going with my education and improve more," said Becker. He's exploring different career options including welding and baking.

Adult Education Transformation

In 2009 Michigan's Council for Labor and Economic Growth (CLEG), the statewide workforce development board, commissioned a study to determine a forward-moving plan for Adult Education. A workgroup was formed to do the research and determine promising practices. Several focus groups were conducted to learn the effectiveness of Adult Education throughout the state.

The workgroup produced a report, which was presented to CLEG in early 2011. The report indicated that in order to assist Michigan workers in advancing their skills to compete in the global new economy, educational providers must collaborate. Working together, Adult Education providers, colleges, and Michigan Works! can help adult learners to transform their skills and their lives.

Click here to view the CLEG report.

In response to the CLEG report, adult educators were convened to begin the process to put the CLEG report recommendations into action. The adult education proposals can be viewed in the following report.

Click here to view the report:  Michigan’s Adult Education System: A Framework for Transormation

 

The chart below shows the relationship between educational attainment, average annual earnings and unemployment rate.

Unemployment and Earnings for Workers 25 and Older by Educational Attainment