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.

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Adults wanting to continue their education may find some programs at a number of Michigan Colleges. Read on to learn about the variety of these programs and where you may find them.

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. Three colleges, located in the northern and southern parts of the state, and their adult education options are discussed more fully below.

Schools At a Glance

Northwestern Michigan College

  • This is a four-year college located in Traverse City, MI.
  • Programs are offered online and on-campus.

Washtenaw Community College

  • This is a two-year college in Ann Arbor, MI.
  • This school offers online and on-campus courses.

Michigan Technical University

  • Located in Houghton, MI, this is a four-year public university.
  • Courses are offered both online and on-campus.

Northwestern Michigan College

Northwestern Michigan College's (NMC) Extended Education Service offers lifelong learning opportunities to residents of nearby communities with over 300 classes available. 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.

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. Course areas include Microsoft Office programs, website design and the Internet.

Culinary Classes

Students attend class in the college's teaching kitchen. Offerings include basics of meat, sauces, cake decorating, sushi rolls, bread making and curries.

Creative Arts Classes

Adult students have the opportunity to explore their creative sides though several artistic mediums. Course offerings include watercolors, photography, beading, pottery, and knitting.

Washtenaw Community College

The Division of Economic and Community Development at Washtenaw Community College provides over 300 adult education classes, in areas including career readiness, computers and technology, entry level employment, home and life, motorcycle safety, and manufacturing and advanced technology.

Business Classes

These classes are aimed at professional individuals who need to boost skills in specific areas. Courses cover topics such as crowdfunding, human resources, Google analytics, email marketing, and a direct selling entrepreneur certificate.

Healthcare, Human & Social Services Classes

Specifically for those employed in social work, these classes enhance practical knowledge and provide required contact hours toward license renewal. Topics include aviation, phlebotomy fundamentals and certification, and victim advocacy training.

General Interest Classes

General interest classes include basic motorcycle maintenance, a one-time course conducted on a Saturday. History and culture courses are offered on topics such as 20th century interior design and the Great Lakes. Also offered are hobbies and exploration courses on topics ranging from backyard city chickens to beekeeping.

Michigan Technical University

Michigan Technical University offers undergraduate certificate programs designed to help students prepare for a career, while working. Unique to this school adults may also take fitness course that they may help them in their everyday life. These include self defense courses, swimming classes and fitness training.

R.A.D.

This program teaches women skills they may use to defend themselves if they are ever assaulted. It addition to hands-on defense training, it also teaches students about prevention and risk reduction/avoidance.

Personal Training

This program is available to students wanting to improve their strength and/or lose weight. Students work with trainers who personalize training to best fit student's needs. Different programs are available for athletes, children, elderly people and pregnant women.

There are a number of Michigan colleges that offer adult programs to help improve their community. Programs include certificate programs and course designed to prepare students for future careers as well as fitness training.

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