Alternative Education

Believe It, Achieve It!

We offer to our students: 

  • Small class sizes; Individualized instruction; Online Classes available 
  • Curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards; Highly qualified instructors
  • After school tutoring; On-line credit recovery; Academic Support Services
  • Assistance with overcoming educational barriers Register

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.

The Houghton Lake Community Education Program is one of Michigan’s official General Education Development (GED) Testing Centers. Testing is done on a group basis throughout the year at the Community Education Building and other local facilities.  The GED is commonly referred to as the High School Equivalency Test. It consists of five parts: Language Arts Reading, Language Arts Writing, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics.

Bright Beginnings, our Childcare

In addition, we have a daycare that operates Monday through Friday from 6:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This daycare is available, free of charge, to all of our teen parents while they attend classes to earn their high school diploma or GED. We also have made our daycare available to the public in order to fill the 24 slots we have available.