Program in Traverse City Trains Adults in Skilled Trades while Earning High School Diploma, GED

The Michigan Department of Education awarded the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District with a three-year grant to pay for an adult education and skilled trades training program.

The Skills Up North program in Traverse City helps adults realize their full potential and get good paying jobs.

“We have students that come to us who have never succeeded in anything, they’ve either dropped out of high school and they come to us and they have that self-esteem booster that they’re actually succeeding in something,” says Dana Venhuizen, career preparation specialist for Skills Up North in Traverse City.

The sixteen week program helps them finish their high school degree while training them for careers in fields like automotive, construction, welding and healthcare.

Jodie Rose, paraprofessional at Allied Health, says “It’s something extra to do rather than just be working on that GED, it gave them a skill.”

Desirae Reicha graduated from the program just a few weeks ago. “I was always interested in being a nurse, however I really didn’t take that pathway so this definitely helped get me into the field,” says Reicha.

She says the program has given her the confidence to consider a college degree. “I never saw myself as a college person, I never thought had college in mind, but now that I have my diploma, I’ve definitely thought about it / it’s definitely pushed me in the right direction,” says Reicha.

Reicha is proof, the Skills Up North program provides not only an education but the motivation, work ethic, and drive to build a brighter future.

Venhuizen says, “We have so many employers who are looking for individuals and what they’re asking for is people who can show up and fit in with others,”

Enrollment for the winter 2020 Skills Up North program is open now. Classes start January 21st.

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