Rockford Adult Education News

An RAE Family Update

Welcome back to school! We can't wait to see you in class!

Welcome to the Rockford Adult Education News!


In an effort to keep us all on the same page, let's dive in to this new communication channel! New items will be added weekly to the Rockford Adult Education News, and sent to you via an emailed link.


As the dates of items pass, they will be removed. Use the handy titles to reference topics.


As always, please reach out with your questions, concerns, and needs. We are here to support our students and families!


Take care,

Jenny Thompson

Director of Adult/Alternative Education

Rockford Public Schools

Byrne afternoon classes return!!

Rockford Adult Education in partnership with Byrne, a local Rockford employer, is offering classes at Byrne facilities on Byrne Industrial Drive. Classes meet Mondays and Thursdays from 3:15-5:15 PM, in the red barn. Due to Covid we have been unable to meet, so it is very exciting to be back in class, helping workers improve their education!

RAE is open and holding classes IN PERSON!

Please join us! Classes are held Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 5:00 PM until 8:30 PM. It is important to come to class to connect with teachers, get your questions answered, and fulfill testing/enrolling requirements.

Enrollment requirements

If you are not yet enrolled for the 2021/2022 school year here is what you need to do:


1. Please complete the RAE Request for Information form.

2. Bonnie, our secretary, will send the official form to enroll to the email you listed on the form. Please complete the official enrollment form.

3. Please take the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) Locator pre-test. Bonnie will send you the link.

4. Please come in to class to take the TABE Survey test.


Testing is required by the State of Michigan when you enroll, and then again when you graduate or at the end of the school year.


Once these steps have been completed, we can get you started in classes and on your way to that diploma!

College or trade school for free??

Yes, the State of Michigan is offering two years of free college to adult students 25 and older!

An associates degree or two years of community college is covered. Also, if your interest is in trade school, that would be covered as well. You have time to complete your high school diploma first, and then head to community college for free!!

Staff Spotlight

We can't wait to get to know our students and to watch them succeed and grow into responsible adults! It's going to be a great year! To help you through, you can count on the RAE Staff! Get to know us in this section of the RAE News!

Ali McDuffee is our Monday night teacher!

"Put in the work now. Do what you love to do." Ali lives out this advice she shares for those considering a career change. Ali always knew she wanted to be a teacher, coming from a family of teachers. She attended Grand Valley State University, where she also worked in the book store. Ali has been a teacher for Rockford Adult Education for five years! She also teaches full-time at North Rockford Middle School. Ali works hard for her family. What she enjoys most about her job is building relationships with her students and seeing students really enjoy what they are learning.

How are you doing? People care and want to help!

Hand 2 Hand can help with food and toiletry needs.


Developing Healthy Kids put together a panel of mental health experts to address questions from Rockford families regarding the stress and anxiety caused by Covid 19. View it here!


Ele's Place is a community based organization with the mission to create awareness of and support for grieving children and their families. Please find a very helpful guide for parents - how to support teens, as well as a handout titled, How to Help Yourself: For Teens below.

Area Resources

North Kent CONNECT: (adjusted hours due to COVID-19 precautions)

Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Mobile Food Pantries: https://www.feedwm.org/findfood/


Assistance with housing, food, utilities:

contact 211 by phone or text (800-877-1107), text your zip code to 898211


Youth in need of shelter: The Bridge 616-451-3001 or 877-275-7792

About us

Rockford Adult Education is a caring group of educators working to support adult students and help them meet their goals! Please reach out with any questions you may have or if there is anything you need!