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About Alternative & Adult Programs

The Purpose of our Programs is to:

  • Provide a non-traditional educational program to meet the unique needs of our students
  • Increase the number of students who successfully complete their high school diplomas or GED Certificate
  • Expect students to set and maintain appropriate standards of classroom behavior
  • Promote the development of respect and tolerance of others
  • Provide an education environment and activities that teach and reward responsible behavior and promote the building of positive self-esteem
  • Assist students in developing personal  skills that will help them to overcome everyday life problems
  • Provide knowledge and experience to function successfully in the world of work
  • Help students identify and access needed public/social services

To help students reach their desired goals of completing their education, we offer the following: 

High School (Diploma)

Students age 16 and above can work toward completing a high school diploma. Students may receive credit for prior credits earned in high school, work experience, and military experience. Course work is done in our labs with our online curriculum (OdysseyWare).   Students can receive instruction from a certified teacher on campus. Mentors are assigned to each student to ensure two-way communications at least once a week to assist in student’s academic goal.

General Education Development (GED) Preparation and Testing

This program is designed to allow students an opportunity to prepare to pass the High School Equivalency Examination.  The GED assesses five areas – reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Students must meet the State of Michigan requirements for taking the GED.  Dowagiac Pathfinders Adult Education is a State of Michigan GED Test Center. 


On January 2, 2014, GED Testing Service will unveil a new assessment:

The new assessment will continue to provide adults the opportunity to earn a high school credential, but it goes further by measuring career-and college-readiness skills that are the focus of today’s curriculum and tomorrow’s success.

Four content areas—literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies—will measure a foundational core of knowledge and skills that are essential for career and college readiness. Go to http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/new-assessment for more information. 

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