Adult Education

SEMCA works with our local Adult Education providers to help provide the necessary educational skills needed to begin a new career or advance in a a current one. Each American job center works with partners in their area.

Adult Education provides an opportunity for adults to improve or achieve education levels equivalent to those of high-school graduates each year.  Instruction is tailored to meet the individual needs of adult students. Standardized tests identify existing skill levels, appropriate instruction, and academic gains due to instruction.

Description of Services

Over 100 programs statewide provide a range of free or low cost services, such as:

Adult Basic Education (ABE) – Help adults improve their reading, writing and mathematics skills for people below the ninth grade level.

Adult Secondary Education (ASE) – Help learners achieve the education needed to obtain a high school equivalency credential and transition to college, training and/or employment.

ASE options include:

Remediation – You have your high school diploma but need to improve your reading, writing or math skills.

High School Equivalency (HSE) – Instruction that prepares you to take and pass a high school equivalency test such as the GED®. Get more information about the GED test and GED to School program. (*Warning Regarding Misleading GED® Claims – The State of Michigan GED® diploma cannot be obtained through the internet. Passing the GED® tests usually requires extensive preparation. Tests are administered only at Pearson Vue® Testing Centers under the direction of Person Vue® and the GED Testing Service.)

High School Completion (HSC) – Only need a few credits to earn your high school diploma? HSC allows you to earn high school credit and obtain an adult education high school diploma.

English Language Acquisition (ELA) – Help non-native speakers improve their English skills to be able to further their education, help their children with schoolwork and activities, obtain training and employment.

Integrated ELA and Civics Education (IELCE) – Assists non-native speakers to improve their English skills while learning how to become an effective parent, citizen, and worker.

Literacy Councils – Provide one-on-one tutoring for a range of academic levels, but usually for adults who have very low-level reading and math skills.