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Adult Education Graduates to be Honored at Commencement Ceremony

Eighty-four adult students will receive high school diplomas or GEDs as part of the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District's (TBAISD) Adult Education Class of 2012. The students will be recognized at a commencement ceremony Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at Milliken Auditorium in Traverse City.

The adult education graduates took classes at Northwest Michigan Works! Learning Labs in Cadillac, East Jordan, Kalkaska, Manistee, Petoskey, or Traverse City. Twenty-four students have earned high school diplomas and 60 received their GED certificates.

This year's graduates include husband and wife Robert and Erica Young from Kalkaska. Neither had enough credits to graduate when they left high school five years ago. They enrolled at the Kalkaska Learning Lab to get the credits they needed to earn their diplomas.

"It means a lot," said Erica. "Now I can go to college and get my dream job as a veterinary technician and Robert can enlist in the service like he's always wanted to."

Adult education services are available through the cooperative efforts of TBAISD, the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, Northwest Michigan Works!, and local school districts.

The program operates six learning labs in northwest lower Michigan and a high school completion program at the TBA Career-Tech Center in Traverse City.

The learning lab programs are free and include high school completion credits, GED preparation, English as a second language, basic education in reading, math and writing, and basic computer skills instruction.

For more information about the Northwest Michigan Works! Learning Labs go to: .


Northwest Michigan Works! is an essential resource for employers and job seekers in the Northern Michigan area.

Kathy Stuart, Michigan Rubber Products Human Resource Manager