Michigan Colleges Offering Adult Education Classes and Courses

Adult education courses can be found throughout Michigan at adult schools run by local school districts or through the continuing education departments at Michigan colleges and universities. These programs usually focus on professional development skills but can also offer opportunities for leisure or recreational study.

Schools and Programs

Michigan residents can pursue adult education studies in a wide variety of career-oriented or personal growth classes and programs. Some programs consist of non-credit classes, while others offer a certificate upon completion. Students can be prepared to pursue further education or employment opportunities in their chosen field. Some of the programs available to adult learners in Michigan include those in entrepreneurship, construction, phlebotomy, culinary arts and social work. Personal enrichment classes range from creative endeavors such as painting to health and wellness management. Many programs offer online as well as on-campus formats. Two colleges, located in the northern and southern parts of the state, and their adult education options are discussed more fully below.

Northwestern Michigan College

Northwestern Michigan College's (NMC) Extended Education Service offers lifelong learning opportunities to residents of nearby communities. Programs and classes for personal enrichment and professional development are offered both online and on campus.

Small Business Entrepreneur Certificate

Students learn to start or expand their own businesses through a series of seven courses. Courses cover start-up issues, financial management, customer service and marketing practices.

Refrigerant Certification Program

Laws, regulations, refrigerant systems, materials and procedures are covered in this 1-day course. Students are tested and receive the certification required by the EPA.

Computer Classes

NMC offers computer classes for beginners or more advanced adult students. Courses are held in computer labs where students have the opportunity to practice what they are learning. Courses include Microsoft Office products, selling on eBay, website design and the Internet.

Culinary Classes

Students attend class in the college's teaching kitchen. Offerings include basics of meat, sauces, cake decorating, Polish cooking, preserving and candy making.

Creative Arts Classes

Adult students have the opportunity to explore their creative sides though several artistic media. Course offerings include watercolors, oil painting, beading, pottery and jewelry making.

Contact Information

  • Address: 1701 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI 49686
  • Phone Number: (231)995-1700

Washtenaw Community College

The Lifelong Learning Center at Washtenaw Community College provides adult education classes to Michigan residents in 19 categories, including history, law, computers and personal finance. Additionally, classes especially for seniors are offered at senior centers throughout Washtenaw County.

Business Classes

These classes are aimed at professional individuals who need to boost skills in specific areas. Courses cover topics such as human resources, leadership development, business ethics and finance.

Social Work Classes

Specifically for those employed in social work, these classes enhance practical knowledge and provide required contact hours toward license renewal. Topics include Asperger's Syndrome, aging, dialectical behavior and group psychotherapy.

Construction Classes

Classes designed for professionals within the construction industry include MIOSHA General Industry and Construction standards, lathe work, electrical code and contracting. Several do-it-yourself classes are also offered for non-professionals.

Phlebotomy Skills Class

This class is designed for medical assistants, nursing assistants, EMTs or other healthcare professionals. Students will learn skills, such as venipuncture, centrifuge operation and micro-collection techniques.

Health and Wellness Classes

Conventional medicine is covered as well as emerging alternative and complementary medicine practices in these courses. Students learn about various health conditions and prevention and treatment strategies.

Contact Information

  • Address: 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor MI 48105
  • Phone Number: (734) 677-5060

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