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Family Literacy Center

Listing Last Update: December 11, 2020


311 Higgins Street
Lapeer, MI 48446

Primary Contact

Mary Wiese

(810) 664-2737

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Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To find a family literacy program
  • To help my child learn
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer
  • Family literacy program

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Program Overview

We offer adult programs including GED prep. Hours of instruction are flexible and services are offered free. We also offer school-based tutoring programs for children and workshops for families with young children including Playgroups. We work with Michigan Works at area offices to provide tutoring throughout the Thumb Area of Michigan as well.

Mission Statement

Our mission is "building skills and enriching lives through literacy in the Lapeer County area." We want to help people in our community remove educational barriers that are keeping them from taking that "next step." We help our students improve skills, prepare for the GED test, sign up to take the GED test, fill out FAFSA paperwork, get into Michigan Works program and more.

Hours of operation: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday and other hours by appointment

Cost info: Currently, we have funding and pathways to help you get your GED paid for through the State of Michigan. We provide no cost practice tests for our students. We also provide tutoring services at no charge for students who qualify for services through our grant programs. If paying for your tutoring or GED is a barrier, we can probably help.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

We focus on the needs of each student in our program and provide quality instruction to help them meet their goals.

"I would have never been able to get my GED without the help and guidance of the Family Literacy Center. Now I am in college and changing my life."

Dan came to us when he was 19 years old. He had to quit school in 10th grade to go to work to help his family financially. He tested high on his intake test. We enrolled him the Youth Work Experience with GST Works! and had him work in our office. He earned his GED and is now studying Engineering at the University of Michigan—Flint.

Amy came to us at the age of 17 years old. She got sick with Lyme Disease in the 8th grade and had to quit school. She earned her GED with us and has started attending Macomb Community College.

Brian is a 36 year old married father of 5. He was expelled from school in the 9th grade for fighting with a kid that was bullying his little brother. His home life growing up was abusive. However, at a young age he started working with computers. He found a job in the computer field. Then he was downsized when the company was sold. He said he wanted to get his GED so that he could go on to college and have a bargaining chip for his next job. He earned his GED with us in January of 2017.

Holly came to us as a 17 year old girl who had been "couch surfing" for the last year since her mom had abandoned her. She had been to 8 different high schools in the last two years due to her mother moving the family. She had been attending alternative Ed. School, but had to drop out because she didn't have a ride. She earned her GED with us in December and started at Mott Community College in January.

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

We served 308 students in 2017 from the thumb area of Michigan.

Of those students . . .

POVERTY: 66% live at or below the poverty level

GENDER: 46.1% were male, 53.9% were female

AGE: 2.6% were under 17, 48.4% were 17-24, 45.8% were 25-54, 3.25% were 55+

ETHNICITY: 87.75% white, 6.95% Hispanic, 2.32% black, 1.99% Asian, .99% Native American

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