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Education is the first step to landing your next job. Let’s get started.

Adult Education

Be on your own individualized plan and work at your own pace in our learning labs. We also have resources to help you work on your GED preparation from home.

Benton Harbor Service Center

9:00 AM – 3:30 PM • Monday - Thursday

Galien Public Library

12:30 - 3:00 PM • Tuesdays

For more information:

(269) 927-1064 x11122

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  • What is Apprenticeship?
    Apprenticeship is a career pathway where individuals can earn and learn at the same time. Apprenticeships include: Paid Employment Apprentices earn a competitive wage from day one Education Apprentices gain knowledge with structured learning and on-the-job training Credentials Apprentices enhance their resume with industry-recognized credentials
  • How do apprenticeships differ from other work-based trainings?
    Apprentices are hired by employers and receive a paycheck from their first day of work. Wages increase over time as apprentices advance their knowledge, skills, and abilities. Apprenticeships connect education and work simultaneously. Apprentices take classes while they are working, combining theoretical and hands-on learning. At the end of the apprenticeship, apprentices earn industry-recognized credentials.
  • Is this an Internship?
    Apprenticeships are not Internships. Both are paths into future careers, but they work differently: Internships are a means to "test the waters" of a potential future career. Likely, someone in an internship has a general field of study or work they are interested in, and have taken some classes in that area. They can apply some or all of their skills in a termporary work experience (may or may not be paid), using the experience to help decide if that field of work is right for them. Apprenticeships are for individuals who know what career they want to do, but still need the training. Apprenticeships pay people to learn a skill. Schooling is still required, but the apprenticeship program helps pay for the training needed. At the end of an apprenticeship, you often have the formal qualifications and skills needed to work in that field.
  • Is an Apprenticeship a Job?
    Yes! Apprentices start working when they enter an apprenticeship, with wage increases possible as they become more proficient.
  • Where can I find Apprenticeship programs?
    There are many registered apprenticeships in Southwest Michigan. If you are in need of assistance in locating opportunities, please fill out the form on this page. You may also utilize the Apprenticeship Sponsor Finder, located here.
  • I have a question not listed here.
    If you have additional questions, please submit them through the form on this page.
  • How do I complete the Register for Work requirement for Unemployment?
    Completing the Register for Work requirement for Unemployment is a two-step process. You are not considered eligible for benefits until you have completed both steps. First step, which can be done virtually and at home, is to create or update your account profile and resume at the Pure Michigan Talent Connect website: If you have an unemployment MI Login username and password, please sign in and update your profile and resume. If not, please create an account, profile and resume. You may perform job searches, save job searches and save job applications on this site. The second part to complete the Register for Work process is to come in person to one of our main offices in Benton Harbor or Paw Paw. A staff member will ensure that your profile and resume are updated, print your resume, and enter information into the state's database. No appointment is necessary to Register for Work. Please also visit our online resources at for assistance with resume and a weekly job list, which is attached.
College Students

Bridge Academy of SW Michigan

The Bridge Academy of Southwest Michigan serves grades 9-12 and is located inside the Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren facility in Benton Harbor, allowing you to access a variety of wrap around services, career exploration, and access to additional support along the education journey.

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YouthBuild of Benton Harbor

If you're 16-24 and living in Benton Harbor, you can earn money while receiving education and training. Once enrolled, youth can earn a certification in competitive industries, receive supportive services and start an apprenticeship or begin their career.

Michigan Works! focuses on helping those in our community get the education and training they need to pursue a successful future.


Click here to learn more about training options for you!

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Young Adult Opportunities

We can help young adults that live in southwest Michigan and need help with education, training, employment, transportation, food, childcare and more.

Graduation Ceremony

"After I got my GED, the follow up was regular and consistent and so many opportunities were provided to me to explore my next steps. I am very grateful to The Bridge Academy, and am very excited to begin my journey at Wolverine! I am also grateful that I am able to set this example for all 7 of my siblings and my friends and peers. I want them all to see that if you work hard and focus on the future, you can do anything you want!”

- Christina, 2019 Bridge Academy Graduate

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