LAPEER COUNTY — Thanks to a new grant from the state, the Lapeer County Intermediate School District can now help residents complete their high school degree and, at the same time, learn in-demand skills.
Annette Schlaud, manager of Adult and Community Education for the ISD, said they just received word they'd received a special projects grant from the state's Talent Investment Agency for an adult student program.
"We're focusing on welding and machining this year. We hope to get that program started quickly," Schlaud said.
The completely free program will let adults who didn't complete high school earn that diploma plus be trained in welding and machining at the Lapeer County Ed Tech Center.
On program days, students will spend 2.5 hours with Ed Tech instructor Cathleen McNally, followed by four hours of adult education classes in the evening.
Participants will be given gas cards to help pay for transportation and Lapeer County's program will also pay for students to take a state test to earn necessary certifications.
Only 20 spaces are available and Schlaud said that some current Adult Ed students have already expressed interest. She notes that an applicant does not have to currently be pursuing a high school diploma or GED to qualify.
"We did do research on what was needed in our area and welding and machining was one of the things we heard from employers," Schlaud said.
ISD leaders also consulted Michigan Works staff and Patricia Lucas from the Lapeer Development Corporation.
Anyone interested in applying to the program is asked to contact the Adult Education program as soon as possible at (810) 667-6605 or (810) 667-6454.
Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she and her family reside in the Capac area where she enjoys gardening and reading.