Women’s Programs

What we do

The Women’s Educational Programs improve women’s educational advancement by providing adult basic education, GED preparation and college and career readiness programming focused on next-steps planning and preparation for women once they have achieved their GED.

Why we do it

In Detroit, only one-quarter to one-half of high school students graduate, and nearly half of the adult population is considered functionally illiterate. In southwest Detroit, 24 percent of adults do not have a 9th grade education, and more than half did not finish high school.

Nearly 100% of MEP’s adult students are minority women who did not complete high school and/or have failed in earlier attempts to complete the GED. Approximately 75% of the women who come to MEP are reading at a 5th grade level or lower. MEP’s adult students come from low-income households, and the majority have not obtained regular, full-time employment. Many of our students come from families with a multi-generational history of failure completing high school and/or retaining employment.

How we do it

The Women's Educational Programs invite women to participate in a learning community that allows them to work at their own pace, address barriers to learning, and identify their personal learning styles. What sets MEP apart from other programs is the curriculum-based content and a structured, yet highly individualized, approach to learning.

GED Preparation and Adult Basic Education are part of the core services provided in the women’s programs. Our learning program includes classroom instruction, on-line resources and one-to-one or small group tutoring. An initial assessment helps us develop an individual learning plan for each student. MEP does not simply teach students how to take the GED test.  Rather, MEP teaches the content and skills, including work readiness skills, which students need to succeed.

The program runs from 9:00 a.m to 1:30 p.m, Monday through Thursday during the academic year. A meal, transportation (within a designated set of zip codes) and childcare facilitation are available to women living in Detroit.

Results

  • More than 90 percent of the women who complete our GED program pass the GED, even though many have failed to pass in other programs. 
  • Many MEP students are the first person in their families to finish high school or attend college.
  • An average of 75% of our GED graduates have gone on to college, employment or a job training program.
  • By helping approximatley 130 women each year move from dependency to self-sufficiency, MEP is helping to build a stronger community, reduce reliance on public assistance programs, foster a more educated workforce, and decrease illiteracy in Detroit.

How to EnrolL

We enroll new students four times per year.  Call Sally Jirjis at 313-963-5881 to inquire about our enrollment calendar and process.  Prospective students are encouraged to visit us at 1450 Howard Street in southwest Detroit.