Adult Learner

Pathways to Success

A group of diverse adult learners

Find Your Pathway

Are you ready to connect to a new you? Pursue your passion and open new career opportunities at Bay College. Bay College is dedicated to help you reach your full potential no matter your interest. Train for a more rewarding career, fulfill a lifelong dream, upskill to increase earning potential, advance your knowledge, become a role model for your family, embrace a brighter future.

Whatever your goal, college is an investment in you, and it pays. Over 75% of jobs in Michigan require a credential beyond high school. And with a college credential you will earn upwards of an extra $1 million over your lifetime. Transform your tomorrow today – Bay is the Way!

You Belong at Bay College 

Bay College cares and it shows. You will learn within a flexible, inclusive, and supportive environment. Bay College’s passionate instructors and dedicated staff will be with you all the way helping you make the most of your educational journey, in and out of the classroom.

Personalized and Holistic Support 

Life can get stressful and everyone can use a little extra help! Reach out. At Bay College, every student is assigned a co-advisor and faculty advisor to personally support you.

  • Personal Advising
  • Free Tutoring
  • Accessibility Accommodations
  • Writing, Reading and Math Center
  • Academic and Transfer Advising
  • Success Coaching
  • Career Services
  • Apprenticeships and Internships
  • Library Resources
  • Online and IT Support
  • Free WiFi
  • Laptop and Hotspot Loans
  • Placement and Testing Center
  • Graduation Degree Audits
  • Food Pantry
  • Career Closet
  • Personal Counseling
  • Veteran’s Lounge
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Student Clubs and Activities
  • Free Norse Athletics Admission
  • Café Bay
  • Campus Housing
  • Health Clinic
  • YMCA Membership (6+ credits)
Get Ahead without Debt 

Bay College is a great value and works hard to make College and job training affordable so you may focus more on learning and less about debt. And if needed, payment plans, financial aid programs and scholarships help take some of the stress out of paying for college. Apply for over $600,000 in scholarships. Michigan Reconnect provides FREE tuition opportunities for students 21+ years of age that have:

  • Lived in Michigan for the past 1+ years
  • Attained a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have a FAFSA application on file
  • Not completed a college degree (Associate or Bachelor degree)
Careers in One Year or Less 

Bay College offers flexible fast track career certificates, trades training and industry certifications, that you can complete in less than a year. Programs include water technology, practical nursing, automotive, network security, corrections, nurse aide, and more.

Degrees that Pay 

Are you ready to pursue an associate degree or transfer program? Pick your passion in a career pathway including healthcare, technology, math, science, business, computers, criminal justice, arts, education, social services and more.

Transfer with Ease 

Save money staying local at Bay then transfer with confidence to a 4-year institution to finish your degree. Nearly 50% of Bay College students choose to transfer to a college or university. You may even continue on campus with Bay’s university partners on-site or online.

Flexible Learning Environments 

Take classes that work best for your learning and lifestyle. Classes are offered on two campuses, online and even onsite in the following learning formats to best balance with your work, family and other responsibilities.


BayFlex is a new, transformational experience based on Competency-Based Education (CBE). CBE learners master specific skills and demonstrate real-world competencies, rather than accumulate credits by spending a predetermined amount of time in the classroom. This innovative approach offers a flexible pathway to success, allowing learners to self-pace at their proximity. Bay College’s first fully accredited BayFlex programs are Water Technology (training water plant operators for certifications and advancement) and Early Childhood Education.

Credit for Prior Learning 

Your industry credentials, trainings and previous college credits hold significant value! You may be eligible to receive college credit for over 500 professional certifications/credentials. Explore this opportunity today by visiting the Michigan Transfer Network and meeting with an advisor to jump start your completed college credits.