Literacy Services at the Northwest Michigan Works! Learning Labs

Education for employment @ the Northwest Michigan Works! learning lab


Empowering a Community through Literacy
Literacy is the foundation of lifelong learning. It is the single most significant skill needed to function effectively in school, in the workplace, and in society.  It is vital to a successful education, career, and quality of life!

What is Literacy?

Literacy as an individual’s ability to read, write, speak in English, compute, and solve problems well enough to function on the job, in the family, and in society—reading is the cornerstone for all learning and skill mastery. We learn to read, but as we grow older, we rely on our reading skills to advance in school and work and to make sense of the world around us.  Tutors can be caring adults who can make a difference in helping a person learn to read or improve their basic literacy skills!!

Becoming a Tutor

You don’t need any special skills to tutor. No advanced degrees or impressive resumes are required for making a difference in a person’s life.  Motivation, empathy, commitment, and flexibility will make it possible for you to enter the adult learner’s world and establish yourself as a trusted guide, a valued adviser, and a cherished role model.
Literacy skills are the building blocks for success in our lives, work, and communities. The Northwest Michigan Works! Learning Labs are dedicated to improving opportunities for adults to increase their literacy skills so they can thrive in a progressively literate world. We seek to integrate knowledge, research, and practice to improve literacy and reading instruction.
To become a tutor, complete the Contact Form at the bottom of the page.

Becoming A Student

The Northwest Michigan Works! Learning Labs offer free one-on-one tutoring in basic reading, writing, and math as well as English language skills to adults aged 18 years and older. Tutors work with a certified adult education instructor to build an individualized plan to improve basic skills.

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. How much time is required? Students need to commit to meet with a tutor for 1 to 2 hours a week. 
  2. How do I know where and when to meet my tutor? After Learning Lab Registration, a tutor will be assigned to you. Tutors and students decide on their meeting schedule (day, time, place).
  3. How much does it cost? Tutoring services are provided at no charge.
  4. To enroll in the Learning Labs and access tutoring services, complete the Contact Form at the bottom of the page.

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