Our Adult Education Network


We work with quality adult education providers to address the foundational skills gap.

Reading Works collaborates with service providers that use evidence-based educational models to empower adult learners with foundational skills. Combined, these service providers support approximately 4,000 adult learners. Reading Works helps these providers hone best practices and serve as a referral system for one another. We also connect these providers with area employers, helping to align their educational efforts with real workforce needs.

Quality providers of adult education services


482Forward is a network of neighborhood-based organizations organizing parents, students, educators and residents to fight for education justice.
Kammy Webb
482Train Coordinator
Kammy@482Forward.org
(248) 302-9460
ACCESS empowers and enables individuals, families, and communities to improve their economic, social, and cultural well-being. ACCESS honors its Arab American heritage while serving as a nonprofit model of excellence.
Anisa Sahoubah
asahoubah@accesscommunity.org
(313) 203-3412
Dearborn Adult Education serves close to 2,000 students annually. Our students are primarily ELL and range from ages 18-80. We offer daytime and evening classes at 8 different locations.
Ioanna Garrisi
Adult Education Supervisor
garrisi@dearbornschools.org
(313) 827-1910
The Detroit Public Library enlightens and empowers people by providing Diverse and Dynamic Pathways to Literacy and Learning.
Arlene Reese
areese@detroitpubliclibrary.org
Detroit Public School Community District's mission is to educate and empower every student, in every community, every day, to build a stronger Detroit. The Adult Education program does that by offering High School Completion, GED, and job/career training.
Brenda Belcher
Assistant Superintendent
brenda.belcher@detroitk12.org
(313) 873-7638
Detroit Training Center specializes in offering customized vocational programs of study, tailored to meet the needs of corporations, non-profits, & individuals. We teach programs in Heavy Equipment, Truck Driving, Masonry, and Welding.
Patrick Beal, CEO
Patrick@detroittraining.com
313-221-5876
Dominican Literacy Center is an adult literacy program offering one-to-one tutoring in Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language. Additionally, we offer basic computer, online instruction, small group classes and GED preparation.
Kimberly D. Williams
dominicanliteracy@yahoo.com
(313) 267-1000
EDSI helps great companies and communities train and retain great people. Within this business segment, we assist individuals with the transition from unemployment to employment and from under-employment to self-sufficiency.
(313) 271-2660
EITI provides vocational training for those who need enhancing of their current skill set. We also assist with job placement for those who successfully complete training.
William Aaron
Vice President
william@eitinstitute.org
(313) 469-0581
Empowerment Plan is a workforce development program focused on breaking the generational cycles of poverty and homelessness through employment. We hire individuals from shelters and train them in industrial sewing and manufacturing to produce sleeping bag coats for those in need. In addition to on-the-job training, we provide on-site supportive services and educational programming during paid work hours.
Erika George
erika@empowermentplan.org
(248) 229-6999
Focus: HOPE is a civil and human rights organization focused on pledging intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty and injustice. Our education and workforce development programs prepare individuals for success when competing for jobs. We offer a holistic approach to individuals looking to jumpstart their careers.
Jewel Chapman
Director, Workforce Development & Education
jewel.chapman@focushope.edu
(313) 494-4345
For over 98 years, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit has been a leader in making a difference in people’s lives. We provide training, education, and supports to help those served acquire skills, hope, and confidence, leading to employment and self-sufficiency for them and their families.
Joe Evans
Director - Mission Initiatives
joseph.evans@goodwilldetroit.org
(313) 557-8774
The International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit is a long-standing Detroit based nonprofit agency created in 1919. IIMD transforms the lives of low-income immigrants and native born Detroit residents by offering innovative solutions to advancing integration and economic self-sufficiency.
Anne Roth
Director of Grant Administration
annechristine.ar@gmail.com
(313)871-8600
Macomb Community College is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 38,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is one of the largest grantors of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.
Patrick Rouse, Director - Workforce & Continuing Education, Engineering & Advanced Technology
rousep933@macomb.edu
(586)498-4108
Inspired by its heritage since 1906, Matrix Human Services advocates for and serves the most vulnerable in the metropolitan Detroit community and empowers individuals and families to enhance the quality of their lives and achieve self sufficiency.
Debbie Blackman
Manager of Workforce Development Services
dblackman@matrixhs.org
(313) 526-4001 Ext. 1319
Mercy Education Project empowers women and girls in Detroit through education. We provide math and reading tutoring for girls in grades 2-12 and support women in their quest to achieve GED certification.
(313) 963-5881
For 35 years, Oakland Literacy Council has been serving adults in Oakland County, Michigan who struggle to read, write, and understand English. Since we first opened our doors in 1984, thousands of students have gained confidence and self-sufficiency.
Lisa Machesky
Executive Director lisa.m@oaklandliteracy.com
(248) 253-1617
Per Scholas was founded more than 20 years ago with a mission to open doors to transformative technology careers for individuals from often overlooked communities. We do so by offering our training at no-cost to our students and offering technical training, along with a focus on essential skills.
Jinny Han
Site Director
jhan@perscholas.org
515-314-1804
The SER YouthBuild Learning Academy provides high school degree completion, GED, construction and information technology certification for youth ages 16-24. Supportive services are available on-site.
Rocio Campos
rcampos@sermetro.org
(313) 945-5200
Siena Literacy Center is devoted to improving basic adult literacy skills through individualized tutoring by trained volunteers.
Keah Archie-King
keah@sienaliteracy.org
(313) 532-8404
Southwest Solutions offers a variety of workforce development programs to help individuals acquire the education, skills, training, and job opportunities to secure sustainable employment. These programs are designed to address the particular needs and barriers of the individuals seeking work and greater economic security and success.
Karyn Goven
kgoven@swsol.org
(313) 297-0090
StreetWise Partners’ goal is to leverage mentorship to increase employment opportunities for adults from overlooked and under-resourced communities within New York, Washington, D.C. and Detroit. StreetWise Partners pairs business professionals with mentees who are unemployed or underemployed in order to provide them with the skills, resources, and access to networks they need to secure and maintain employment.
Alphonso Amos
Detroit Program Director
alphonso@streetwisepartners.org
(313) 209-3341
For 175 years, St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center has provided support to the children and families of Southeastern Michigan. We provide educational programs, basic skill building and learning enhancement for at-risk children and adults, designed to build self-sufficiency skills for academic and employment success, personal achievement and dignity.
Diane Renaud
Executive Director/CEO
diane.renaud@svsfcenter.org
(313) 535-9200
T.E.A. seeks to enhance the lives of women facing barriers to employment in Detroit through providing workforce training, education, skill development, coaching and mentorship services. T.E.A. offers this job-readiness structured programming as a supplement to anyone unemployed or employed in low-level employment.
(734) 536-6558
Troy Continuing Education provides adult education services including ESL, GED preparation, College/Career Readiness, Career Certifications, and Basic Skills upgrading.
Tammy Brown
tbrown@troy.k12.mi.us
(248) 823-5100
The Harris Literacy Program strives to leave the greatest possible imprint on the adult illiteracy issue while helping Detroit residents make educational inroads to self-sufficiency. Using university research to identify and apply best-practices, the program seeks to improve the adult literacy learning experience.
Wayne State University
Harris Literacy Program
(313) 577-READ
Zaman is committed to facilitating change and advancing the lives of marginalized women and children, by enabling them to meet essential needs common to all humankind.
Gigi Salka
BOOST Director
gsalka@zamaninternational.org
(313) 551-3994 ext. 2017