About Connect With My Future

Jackson College and Michigan Works! Southeast have come together to offer select Jackson College programs for little to no cost for eligible participants.

Prospective students can complete a college certificate in 12 months or less, putting them on the road to career opportunities and a brighter future. Those without a high school diploma are eligible for expanded services to help them obtain a high school equivalency certificate while they are pursuing a college degree or certificate.

Connect with My Future is designed for those who:

  • Are currently enrolled in classes and in need of financial help with tuition, books, fees, uniforms, etc.;
  • Have some credits and want to return to college;
  • Are unemployed or recently laid-off and seeking training opportunities;
  • Need to complete a High School Diploma or equivalency and looking to move into a new career; and/or
  • Interested in attending college for the first time.

Student Information

  • Can I start my Jackson College Classes while finishing my High School Diploma?

    Did you know you can complete your high school equivalency while going to college for little to no cost? Michigan Works! Southeast Adult Education may be able to assist with high school completion or equivalency, sometimes called your GED test.

    With the Jackson College’s Ability to Benefit Program, college can be accessible and affordable for students without a high school diploma by making financial aid available. Students without a high school diploma must pay for the first six college credits out of pocket (self-pay) or use other aid funds.* When they successfully complete those six credits, the student is eligible for federal student aid funding. They must remain enrolled in equivalency coursework and college classes.

    *Michigan Works! Southeast may be able to assist with paying for your first six credits, so connect with them, today!

  • What should I expect during the program eligibility intake process at Michigan Works! Southeast?

    What to expect during the program eligibility intake process:

    • You will complete a full eligibility intake through Michigan Works! Southeast
    • You will complete a Jackson College new student application, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and orientation
    • You will complete assessments to help you find your purpose

    Michigan Works! Southeast and Jackson College will assist you every step of the way!

  • Will there be anyone to help me with my college classes?

    Yes, Michigan Works! Southeast and Jackson College have services to assist you with your college classes! Below are services available to individuals enrolled in Connect with My Future. 


    MWSE Adult Education Remedial Tutoring

    MWSE Adult Education will help with computer, math, or reading skills to help you be successful in your classes. You will receive free tutoring or instruction from a certified teacher. 

    MWSE Adult Education

    Jackson College Center for Student Success Tutoring Center

    Jackson College is committed to student success and offers all students free academic tutoring in a friendly and supportive environment. Our goal is to provide individualized or group assistance that helps you succeed in your academics. 

    Online tutoring is also available for select classes. 

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  • What if I need help paying for things outside of tuition? 

    Additional financial support may be available for eligible individuals to offer assistance with specific barriers, so that you can focus on being successful. Once you complete intake, you will be assigned a case manager at MWSE or navigator at Jackson College. Make sure you share these concerns with them, they want to help connect you with available resources or services. 

  • Why should I connect with Michigan Works! Southeast?

    MWSE and Jackson College are working together to combine federal and state funding sources, based on specific eligibility criteria customized for each eligible customer. In order to see if you may be eligible, intake through MWSE is required, prior to registering for any classes.  

  • What if I’m not sure which program or career would be the best for me?

    Jackson College has recently introduced a user friendly tool designed to help students and community members identify careers that will bring a sense of purpose to their lives.  

    Begin exploring careers with PathwayU


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I’m interested in Connect with my Future

If you are interested in learning if you may be eligible for tuition assistance or additional financial support, please click the link below to be directed to the Michigan Works! Southeast website.

I’m interested in Connect With My Future

A Sample of Programs Available to You

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Adult Education/High School Completion

It’s never too late! Let us help you finish your High School Certificate while starting your college classes.

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Computer Support Specialist

Gain this Certificate in as little as 5 months!

Learn how to provide technical assistance and support to individuals and organizations that depend on information technology.

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Gain this Certificate in as little as 12 months!

Learn to maintain order within jails or prisons, supervise activities of inmates, report on inmate conduct, help in rehabilitation or counseling of offenders.

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Digital Marketing

Gain this Certificate in as little as 12 months!

Learn to communicate with the public through platforms that promote content engagement and sharing online.

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EMT Basic

Gain this Industry Credential in as little as 4 months!

Learn how to provide medical care to patients in times of crisis and gain the experience necessary to prepare for the National Registry Basic EMT Certification exam.

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Medical Assistant

Gain this Certificate in as little as 10 months!

Learn how to be a multi-skilled health care practitioner trained to work in the business and clinical parts of a medical office, clinic or hospital.

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Production Technician

Gain this Industry Credential in as little as 10 months!

Learn the core technical competencies of higher skilled production workers in all sectors of manufacturing.

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Patient Care Technician

Patient Care Technicians play a vital role in patient care, whether you’re working in a hospital, doctor’s office, nursing home, or long-term care (LTC) facility.

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Not Sure Which Program?

Take our assessments to see what programs align with a career that will give you purpose!