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$1.5 Million in State Funding allocated to helping adults receive high school diplomas

Sam crosses the stage to accept his diploma during his high school graduation at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.
Sam crosses the stage to accept his diploma during his high school graduation at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic opportunity, along with Governor Gretchen Whitmer, announced this week the recipients of 1.5 million in grants to assist in helping adults over the age of 23 receive high school diplomas.

This program supports the state’s goal, called the 60 by 30, to increase the number of working-age adults with a skills certificate or college degree to sixty percent by 2030.

Officials say the grant will help improve communities by providing a more highly educated workforce.

Erica Luce (Loose) is the manager of Adult Education in the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.

“We’re providing those that need access to these services the opportunity to take advantage of these, but then you’re also helping employers in the area so that you have more workers that are skilled and that are trained, so we really see that these programs benefit both our students but also employers in the community.”

The nine recipients of the Michigan Adult Education 23+ High School Diploma Program grants are Belding Adult Education ($40,000); Detroit Public Schools ($72,500); Graduation Alliance ($685,500); Iosco RESA ($50,000); Lapeer County ISD ($50,000); Orchard View Adult Education ($59,000); Plainwell Community Schools ($29,000); Royal Oak Schools ($35,000); and Sparta Area Schools ($479,000).