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.

Why do YOU need a college education?

College is no longer just for high achievers...it's for everyone. College gives you the skills you need to get a good job, a job that will allow you to support your family.

Consider the Statistics:

  • By 2018, 30 million new and replacement jobs will require some college.
  • Nearly 1.15 million working-age adults in Michigan who have earned a GED or high school
    diploma, but have not entered post-secondary education, are earning at or below the state’s
    median wage of $15.45 per hour.
  • If those adults in Michigan with either a high-school diploma, some college, or an
    Associate’s Degree were to earn a Bachelor’s Degree, their cumulative lifetime earnings would
    increase
    by $2.43 trillion. (Click to see the difference!)
  • If the approximately 692,000 working-age adults we have identified as not having a high school
    diploma were to earn a diploma or GED, their annual net fiscal contribution would
    increase by $4.97 billion. If they went on to college, their annual net fiscal contribution would
    increase by another $3.13 billion.  

 

 

 

College is possible

Don't let the statistics scare you. Every day, people who never thought they would attend college are signing up and succeeding.  Let the Adult Learning Partnership Programs help you get ready, get enrolled and get a great new career.