Since 1983, the Michigan Adult, Community, Alternative Ed Association (MACAE) Association has provided professional development, resources and training, best practices sharing and networking opportunities for adult, alternative community education leaders and workforce development professionals. We are a grass roots organization, organized by practitioners, helping other practitioners.

What remains at the mission of what we do is to provide quality professional development, offer leadership and networking opportunities, engage in strategic partnerships, share resources, and advocate for the needs of the participants we serve.

Today our membership is strong with over 135 active member agencies and over 565 individual practitioners from directors, coordinators, teachers and instructional support staff to employment specialists to community support workers.


Our mission is to engage in partnerships, provide member support and advocate for lifelong learning, leading to employment and self-sufficient families.


To provide a cohesive framework for community education through collaboration and guidance at the local, state and federal level.


  • We provide a positive voice for our learners.
  • We recognize the value of employment and self-sufficient families.
  • We embrace continuous improvement and always look for better ways to provide services.
  • Partnerships make us stronger