Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It!

We offer alternative and adult education high school completion and GED classes.  

Classes are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

GED Testing and Preparation

Grayling on Tuesday @ MiWorks Tuesday 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Adult education offers individuals 18 and older a chance to earn their HSE /GED. We also provide ABE (adult basic education) classes for individuals that are not quite ready to take their GED tests without some math and writing practice and review. Classes are offered 4 days a week and free transportation is available.  We are also offering additional events for our adult participants to suggest some direction after they earn their HSE/GED. We have Kirtland Community College, Baker College, Armed Forces, Mid Michigan Community College, and MI Works currently scheduled to come in and share information on what to do after you earn your HSE/GED.  Weekly attendance is required. Contact our program at 422-6161 for any additional information.

*Once you earn your HSE/GED, you are no longer eligible to receive a high school diploma


HSE/GED Test Dates 2023/2024  School Year


10/24/23 (Tuesday)




(Dates are subject to change, please call 989-422-6161 for any questions.)

Tests are on Friday's


Post Secondary Planning Resources





Graduation is Saturday~ June 1, 2024


Adult High School Completion

Are you 18 and older and still want to earn your high school diploma? We offer high school completion to adults who are close to meeting the State's graduation requirements. Stop in for more details.

Tests are scheduled online at our Official Pearson Test Center.

More information about our program!

Earn your HSE/GED-available to anyone 18 and older without a high school diploma.

Adults Basic Education (ABE) is available to anyone who would like to obtain a GED but needs assistance in bringing up their reading, writing, and math skills to a 9th grade reading before taking the test.

The Houghton Lake Community Education Program is one of Michigan's official General Education Development Testing Centers.  The General Education Development Test (GED) is commonly referred to as the High School Equivalency Test. It consists of four parts: Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics.  

Persons must be 18 years of age or older to qualify for HSE/GED testing.

You must bring in a picture ID and your Social Security card when registering for classes.

If students do not want to take the prep classes, they will be required to pay full test cost prices.

Do you need a way to and from class?  HLCE will pay for rides to and from class on the Roscommon County Mini-Bus.

Community Education 179 Cloverleaf Lane Houghton Lake, MI 48629 989-422-6161 Fax: 989-366-2075

Houghton Lake Community Education (HLCE) was founded in 1987. We are an adult and alternative education school. We also have a childcare that is open to all of our students and to the general public. Alternative education is available for students who are between the ages of 14 and 19 and who have experienced a lack of success in the traditional school setting, but still have the desire to obtain their high school diploma. Consistent with our mission statement, students are provided vocational training and employability skills while completing their high school requirements. Vocational training focuses on computer skills. The hardware and software used is consistent with current business and industry standards.

Students 18 years and older may enroll in GED and/or ABE (Adult Basic Education) classes. Students attempting to get their GED, attend class 5 days a week where they prepare for the five tests they must take to acquire their GED. Students whose reading and writing skills are below ninth grade level will be enrolled in ABE classes. ABE classes are offered 5 nights a week and students spend time building up their math and reading skills so they will be successful in passing the GED.

Contact Information

Houghton Lake Alternative Education 
‚Äč179 Cloverleaf Lane 
Houghton Lake, MI 48629 
Phone: 989-422-6161


  • First day of school: Tuesday, Sept. 5th-1/2 day of school
  • Count day: October 4th, 2023
  • Picutre Day: November 2, 2023
Adult Ed Staffing:

Sara Patti-Mentor

Connie Cline-Mentor/GED proctor

Jeremy Ryan-Mentor

Lynette Gosney-Administrative Assistant

Dana Edwards-GED teacher

Heidi Palatka- Principal