Michigan Adult Education 2018 State Report

    • Michigan highlighted in COABE Newsletter

    • The following article appeared in the March 2019 edition of the COABE Newsletter.  Stay tuned for more information on future ambassador trainings.
      “It was the most phenomenal experience I’ve ever had.” This was just one of the many positive student comments on our evaluations after we, Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education – MACAE, completed our first Student Ambassador Training (SAT) on January 25, 2019 in Lansing, Michigan.
      Our very first SAT program, trained 14 students and 16 program staff, representing five counties in our state. Justine Geiger, a COABE trained student ambassador, and I (Vice President of MACAE) led the training, with assistance from our association president.
      The training Justine and I received at the 2018 COABE Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, last year provided a solid foundation of information, a training outline, and slides so that we were able to conduct our training back in our home state of Michigan. We marketed the program in December by sending out a one-page flyer and Q & A information sheet to help students and program providers understand what an Ambassador is and what the training would entail. We also stressed the importance of our students’ voices in advocating for adult education. One of my fellow board members, Bob Steeh, conducted the training, and student engagement co chair, Laura Profirio provided long distance support and answered questions in a way that made learning fun and emphasized the areas to focus on. During the training, we were live streaming on Facebook and tweeted out to COABE showing collaborative efforts in the direction of student advocacy through Michigan’s roll-out of the student ambassador program. You can see photos from the training on our website HERE.
      We now have 14 trained student ambassadors who are in the high school completion and ESL programs in our state. The transformation that came over the students from the beginning of the training until the end of the day was amazing. The group not only bonded but also felt empowered and inspired. The ability to hear other students’ stories and to realize that they are not alone and that others have had similar, if not more challenging, situations that have been overcome in their pursuit of a credential was powerful. They know the significance of their achievement, but more importantly they realized that the unification of this group is critical in order to promote adult education successes. They willingly embraced the responsibility to work with programs and our state associations to help increase awareness locally and at the state and national levels.
      I was so proud that six students came up to us after the training and said they want to advocate not only in their local programs, but for MACAE too. The key for us now is to keep our ambassadors engaged by developing opportunities at our annual conference, professional development offerings, and legislative advocacy events. We are currently in the process of identifying a second SAT date.
      Linda Cianferra
      MACAE Vice President
    • Eric Hipple visits Novi Adult Education

  • Please see the story from Linda Cianferra: Eric  does a mental health outreach program to schools, and military personnel providing a one hours Recently Eric Hipple visited Novi Adult Education.  Linda Cianferra, Director sent the following update: “Eric does a presentation on  mental health, and recognizing signs of illness. He shared a lot of research data on how the brain functions and its reactions to stressors. He shared his personal story and the road to recovery. We had the districts mental health committee in attendance, Dr. RJ Webber assistant superintendent of curriculum,  parents and their children as well as our  program students. He was personable, engaging and captivated everyone there discussing his tragedy and victory of getting help for himself and his daughter. He gifted us autographed books from the event”.
    MACAE inducted its first class of Student Ambassadors on January 25 in partnership with COABE (Coalition of Adult Basic Education). Ambassadors will be able to articulate their stories to community members, policy makers and legislators!

    MI team at COABE Ambassadors training!

    Three students from the Novi Adult Education program we’re scholarship recipients to an all expense paid trip to COABEs Ambassador Training program in Phoenix, Arizona to represent the state of Michigan. Students were selected because of their advocacy involvement promoting adult education at the local and state level. These students will Be part of MACAE Ambassador Training program being rolled out in 2018-2019. Justine Geiger and Luis Calzada Palacio are both graduates from Novi’s program. Students were accompanied by Linda Cianferra program administrator and MACAE board member.

    Oakland County Adult Education Promo


    Click here to watch:  OaklandCountyAdultEd StoryH from Spot On Productions on Vimeo.

    Monday, April 17th, 2017, Houghton Lake Community Education

On Monday, April 17th, 2017, Houghton Lake Community Education had the pleasure of hosting a visit from Senator Darwin Booher. Senator Booher represents the 35th district in the State of Michigan, which includes Benzie, Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Osceola, Roscommon, and Wexford counties.

Booher chairs the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and serves as a member of the Agriculture and Education committees. He also serves as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, where he chairs the Capital Outlay and Community Colleges subcommittees. Booher also serves on the Appropriations subcommittee for the departments of Natural Resource and General Government and serves as Assistant Majority Caucus Whip for the Republican Caucus.

Student Services Coordinator, Melisa Akers, visited Senator Booher in Lansing during MACAE Advocacy Day in March. During that visit, Senator Booher expressed interest in visiting Houghton Lake’s Adult and Alternative Education program. The senator visited each of the classrooms and talked to the students about their future plans, what circumstances landed them in an alternative education program, why they were not successful in a traditional educational environment, and the job outlook in the state of Michigan. The students were very receptive to the senator’s visit and welcomed the opportunity to speak with him about the current hot topics in education and the future of Michigan’s job market.

Topic Friday, January 13, 2017

We would like to thank Senator Hansen for presenting information on how we can improve adult education in Michigan.

Congratulations to our Graduates

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Legislative Day Photo Gallery

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