Northwest Michigan WORKS! Learning Labs provide individualized instruction to adults who wish to finish their high school education through a GED or High School diploma, prepare for college, or improve their reading, writing, math, and keyboarding skills.
ACT is a FREE, 18-week adult education and training program developed to meet the need for skilled workers in today’s work-place environment. Northwest Michigan ACT offers a direct path to job skills, a high school diploma or GED, and an entry level position within the local manufacturing, health care, or hospitality industries.
Open Entry/Open Exit -- Participants may start at any time.
Self-Paced -- Each participant works at his or her own speed.
Individual instruction -- Each person's needs are assessed and evaluated through testing to determine skill level and to develop an individual educational plan.
GED preparation and high school completion -- either can be accomplished by attending the Lab.
Windows and Microsoft Office software -- Participants will develop important keyboarding and technology skills by using computers equipped with the operating system and office software commonly used by area businesses.
Popular Skill Areas Offered in the Labs:
Reading (beginning, basic, and advanced)
Grammar, spelling, vocabulary
Basic algebra and basic geometry
Basic keyboarding and computer skills
Click the Lab Location link (in the left column) to find the lab nearest you including contact and staff information.
When Jeremy Ray came to the Northwest Michigan Works! Learning Lab in Traverse City, his math skills were so poor he couldn't even do subtraction. But with the help of the Learning Lab, Ray improved his math skills and was able to go to college. Watch the video to find out more about Ray's Learning Lab success.
Teacher Recognized for Learning Lab Management Plan
Jerry Hawes, a teacher at the Northwest Michigan Works! Adult Education Learning Lab in Kalkaska, was one of six adult education teachers to win Teacher Spotlight recognition from the Michigan Office of Adult Education. Hawes was recognized for his Learning Lab management. Watch the video to find out more.
Adult Education Graduation 2015
The Northwest Michigan Works! and Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District's Adult Education Class of 2015 was recognized at a commencement ceremony in Traverse City. Watch the video to see some of the highlights of the ceremony.
Adult Education Graduation June 2014
The Northwest Michigan Works! and Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District's Adult Education Class of 2014 was recognized at a commencement ceremony in Traverse City. Watch the video to see some of the highlights of the ceremony.