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Adult Literacy

Rebeca Martinez receives a laptop from Jennifer Jambor, Project Manager with human-i-t, at the laptop giveaway event sponsored by Rocket Mortgage.

Adult Learning

Our Adult Learning Lab in southwest Detroit helps adults improve their reading, math, computer skills, English, citizenship, and high school equivalency so that they can move towards economic stability. Instruction includes skills for exploring careers and finding employment. These services are free for eligible participants.


The Adult Learning Lab is located at 4214 Vernor, across from Clark Park. 

The lab offers:

  • High School Equivalency (GED) Preparation
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction
  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) for adults needing remedial training in reading and/or math
  • Educational support for those entering college who need remedial help
  • Digital Literacy and Computer Sills
  • One-on-One tutoring for High School Equivalency (GED) Preparation
  • Academic and career counseling
  • Workplace skills preparation
  • Referrals to wraparound services
  • Financial literacy
  • Instruction and resources for trainees in workforce development programs
  • Citizenship Classes
  • The College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • SWES provides classes and preparation for the credit-by-examination program for introductory college -level material to earn college credit. 

Eligibility & Hours

Participants must be at least 18 years old and moving toward a goal of finding employment or improving their work situation. Eligible adults do not need to reside in Detroit to enroll in the lab.

There are 20 computer stations at the Learning Lab for learners to work on their lessons, with computer aided software.

Each adult who participates in the lab is initially tested to assess his or her skills in math, English, reading, and listening. Based on this assessment, an individualized learning plan is created for the participant to follow.

The lab provides classes in person and virtual from 9:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M. Monday through Thursday, with office hours by appointment on Friday. The lab has an open access policy, enabling students to complete the program on their own time. By enhancing their skills, learners will be more likely to secure work, be successful in job training programs, and advance in the workplace.

Program Partners and Sponsors

Many partners are working with MiSide to provide services and support for the lab. These include Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, Wayne Metro, UnidosUS, Proliteracy, La Casa and Michigan Works!, Dominican Literacy Center and All Saints Literacy Center. The lab receives annual state support through WIOA II funds as well as numerous grants. Since opening the lab has received funding support from the Charter One Foundation, First Independence Bank, Gannett Foundation, Rotary Club of Detroit, and a multi-year grant from the Hearst Foundations.

Need More Help?


We are always looking for motivated people who would like to help learners.