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September 16, 2020

MACAE Response to Futures for Frontliners Program Launch

Last week, the Governor announced the Futures for Frontliners (Futures) program to provide tuition free access to community college for Michiganders without high school credentials and college degrees who have worked in frontline jobs in essential industries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program, delivered through the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, is a divided into a two-path system: Path 1 for Frontline workers who have a high school diploma or equivalent and Path 2 for Frontline workers who need to complete a high school diploma or equivalent.

To be eligible for either Path, an individual must be a Michigan resident and have worked in an essential industry at least half-time for 11 of the 13 weeks between April 1, 2020 – June 30, 2020.  Frontline workers in Path 1 that do not have a high school diploma or equivalency must be 18 years of age and not currently enrolled in high school to participate.

This is an exciting opportunity for our state, for Michiganders looking to increase their educational attainment and skills and for community partners invested in adult skill building and credential attainment.   Particularly, the inclusion of those individuals without a high school diploma or credential.  Through the Futures for Frontliners Program, we will be able to ensure that we can not only help adults earn a diploma or credential but also earn an industry- recognized certification in a high need, in demand job.

MACAE has been a strong advocate for increased opportunities for investment in the adult population in our state without a high school diploma or equivalent and we are happy to see that a large part of the $24 million dedicated to this programming is to reach those individuals.  Over the last few months, we have had continued conversations with policymakers, the Governor’s Office and the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity to articulate the extraordinary needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized families and adults across the state.

These conversations have had a positive impact on the creation of Path 2 in the Futures for Frontliners Program.

This investment in education and career attainment is a good first step.  We are ensuring an opportunity for more of our fellow citizens to have access to education and career opportunities.  In turn, this program will positively impact thousands of adults, children and families across our state.

As a part of its ongoing mission, MACAE is launching a series of Informational Learning Sessions for Adult Education Providers and invested groups to learn more about the program with the first sessions on September 16 and September 30th.

Additionally, over the next few months MACAE will continue to work with the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity to analyze the impact on adults without a high school diploma or credential.

What can you do to help?  Share information about the program.  Reach out to individuals you know that might qualify.  Together, we can continue to connect our neighbors, community members and friends to this important programming.

More information and registration on the Futures for Frontliners Program can be found at

The Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education is the leading professional organization for over 350 adult, alternative, community education and workforce development professionals across the state.  More information can be found at


News from MACAE

MACAE Announces New Leadership and Roles for 2020-2021

June 18, 2020

The Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education is announcing several exciting leadership changes to be in effect on July 1st.

Tammy Brown will assume the role of President of the Board of Directors of MACAE.  Bob Steeh will now assume the role of Past President.  We thank him for his many years of service to MACAE.

Tammy currently serves as the Director of Continuing Education at Troy Public Schools.  In this capacity she oversees adult ESL/ABE/HSE/HSC instruction and workforce readiness, Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education(IELCE), and Integrated Education and Training (IET) for over 600 participants along with middle and high school summer school district programming administering over 1600 summer classes.  She was the President of Oakland County Community and Adult Educators (OCCAE) for the past 8 years, transitioning to the Legislative representative for 2020-21.  Tammy also sits on the Oakland County Career and Educational Advisory Council (CEAC) and is part of an ongoing Oakland County Strategic Planning committee. She stated “I am very excited for the new challenges this position entails, and very grateful that Bob will be continuing as an active member to support the transition.  Taking over this presidency during a world-wide pandemic brings with it even more challenges than expected, but I am ready to do the work needed to support our members to the best of my ability. Fortunately, MACAE has amazing board members and staff with the same mentality, we are ready to do the work, and I have a very strong staff in Troy to continue our work there when I am supporting MACAE.  I am honored with the trust our members have placed in my hands and hope all members know that they can come to MACAE with any challenges and/or innovative ideas and we will be there to help them succeed!”

In more leadership news, the MACAE Board of Directors voted unanimously at its June 2020 board meeting to select Patrick Brown as its new Director effective July 1st. Tammy said “Patrick has been such a successful Outreach Coordinator that we felt it was time to promote him to Director. This will strengthen opportunities for Patrick to grow MACAE’s partnerships while keeping MACAE focused on its strategic plan. I am thrilled to take on this new role with him by my side.  As most of you already know, he has an amazing work ethic, is proactive and thoughtful in his planning, and a caring listener.  He is so supportive of all members and their needs.”

In addition, newly elected and appointed officers of the Board include Karyn Goven (Southwest Solutions) as Vice President, Renae Gowen (Romulus Adult Education) as Professional Development Chair, Heather Robidoux (Michigan Works! Southeast) as Networking Chair, Maha Makki (Dearborn Adult and Community Education) as Region 6 Representative, Charlie Wynne (Plainwell Adult Education) as an At-Large Representative, Shelley Hanson (Swan Valley Adult, Alternative and Community Education) as At-Large Representative and Kelly Vella (Huron Valley Adult and Alternative Education) as At-Large Representative/Treasurer.

Continuing on the board are Oogie LaMar (Kent ISD Adult Education) as Advocacy Chair, Bill Henry (Consolidated Community Schools) as Region 1 Representative, Tina Williams (Iosco RESA Adult and Alternative Education) as Region 2 Representative, Brenda Baker (Fruitport Adult and Alternative Education) as Region 3 Representative, Stacie Zeien (Mt. Pleasant Community Education) as Region 4 Representative, Connie Cox (Milan Community Education) as Region 5 Representative.

Please welcome our new MACAE Leadership.


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