Schools and Programs
Adult education programs provide students with a number of areas of study to choose from, whether a student is taking steps toward higher educational opportunities through high school completion or GED programs, or learning for a new career. In Detroit, these programs are offered through the public school district and community colleges.
The public school district focuses on education services, offering non-degree programs for students who need to improve their educational skills, such as by increasing their literacy or learning English. Community colleges award students with certificates and associate's degrees after the completion of their programs, and prepare students to enter the workforce.
The table below gives basic information about two of Detroit's adult education schools. Continue reading to get an overview of what programs are available to adult learners.
Schools At a Glance
|School Name||Institution Type||Class Format||Program Level|
|Detroit Public School District||Public 9-12||On-campus||less than 1 year|
|Wayne Community College District||Public, 2-year||On-campus, online||Certificates and 2-year degrees|
Detroit Public School District Adult Education Programs
The Detroit Public School District offers extensive adult education services and programs. Emphasizing lifelong learning, workforce readiness and literacy, the learner-centered adult education courses help adults function better in their communities. Adult education courses are offered at several Detroit sites, which include elementary, middle and high schools.
General Educational Development (GED) Programs
General Educational Development preparation program focuses on the essential knowledge needed to pass the GED exam, which include reading, writing, math, social studies and science. An official GED practice test is offered, and students who pass this test can get the cost waived for the actual GED exam.
High School Completion Programs
Two Detroit Public Schools adult learning centers offer high school completion programs. Students take accelerated classes at high school campuses to earn the credits needed to get their diplomas.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs
Non-native English speakers can learn English through computer-based instruction or in a small or large group setting. Adult learners develop proficiency in conversational speaking, reading and writing, learn about American customs, and can prepare to become a U.S. citizen.
Wayne Community College's Adult Education Programs
Founded in 1967, Wayne County Community College District offers five campuses locations in metropolitan, urban and industrial areas where many technical and skilled jobs are located. The college offers certificate and associate degree programs that provide training and professional development. Distance learning programs are also offered to make learning more accessible.
Business Administration Programs
The Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science business administration programs for adult students include general education foundation and specific occupational courses. Areas of occupational focus include computer applications in business, Web design, marketing and accounting.
Electronics Engineering Technology Program
This Associate of Applied Science degree program prepares graduates for such careers as engineering technicians, maintenance technicians and electronic testers. Students in this program learn how to design, troubleshoot, build, repair and install various electrical/electronic components and systems.
Mental Health Programs
The certificate and associate degree programs in mental health prepare adults for a variety of human services careers. Students choose from concentrations that include psychopathology, group process, social science and rehabilitative therapies.
Medical Administrative Specialist Programs
Adult students can pursue a certificate or associate degree to prepare for careers as medical administrative specialists. Skills learned in medical coding and billing, accounting and medical terminology classes are honed in semester-long externships.