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Grandmother Selected as Adult Education Student of the Year

46-year-old Fay Dwyer of Traverse City is already a grandmother but that definitely doesn’t slow her down. Dwyer is raising three of her own grandchildren, runs a licensed foster care home, and is still finding time to work on earning her high school diploma at the Northwest Michigan Works! Adult Education Learning Lab in Traverse City. Dwyer’s hard work and dedication have earned her recognition as the Northwest Michigan Works! Adult Education Student of the Year.

Dwyer came to the adult education program without any high school credits. But since September 2012 she has logged over 300 hours in class and has taken a study skills program. Dwyer studies at night after everyone else has gone to bed and she has earned the first four credits toward her high school diploma.

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.

Dwyer received her award June 10 at a meeting of the Northwest Michigan Workforce Development Board in Traverse City. The Board also presented other awards to several northwest Michigan workers and businesses who have participated in Michigan Works! programs.

In the photo (above): Dave Adams, Chairman, Northwest Michigan Workforce Development Board; Tony Dwyer, Fay’s husband; Fay Dwyer; and Sue Schultz, Adult Education Teacher



Related info:  Adult Education Learning Labs



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