Southwest Solutions is pleased to announce the relaunch of Earn + Learn. The program is an innovative and comprehensive model of workforce development that has helped more than 1,000 jobless individuals in the Detroit area participate in training opportunities. Many have gained long-term employment.


Phase Two of Earn + Learn is happening now. The Detroit-area program involves multiple partners working together to train, place and maintain participants in employment. Earn + Learn [Phase One] was a two-year statewide initiative that began in the fall of 2011. The success of the program allowed it to secure new funding and start up again.

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Get Training + Jobs

Our goal is to help you achieve a new career path. We provide technical training for high-demand, well-paid jobs in these fields: Blight Removal, Construction Trades’ Pre-Apprenticeship, Truck Driving, Manufacturing, Information Technology and Health Care. We also provide numerous support services and work readiness, math and English skills training to help you succeed.

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Are you eligible?

To qualify for Earn + Learn, you must live in Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck. You must be legally able to work, pass a drug test, and also must meet at least one of these criteria:
A minority male 18-24 years
A formerly incarcerated adult
A chronically unemployed adult

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The ACCESS Spring Job Fair will host 45 employers who are currently hiring.

Two Events Coming Up– March 21st

Earn and Learn’s two training partners (ACCESS and Focus: HOPE) will both be holding events March 21, 2012.   ACCESS Spring Job Fair   Recruiters from some 45 employers will attend the upcoming ACCESS Spring 2012 Job Fair, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, at the Michigan Works! Dearborn Service Center, 6451 Schaefer […]

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Hachem Ossieran, Program Coordinator for Focus: HOPE.

Empowering individuals to lead better lives

This posting originally ran as a blog on Focus: HOPE’s web site. It was written by Hachem Ossieran, Program Coordinator. I’ve been working with Earn and Learn since it started in August. This new program connects people with jobs and job training. The participants take four weeks of work readiness training and then become eligible […]

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Thanks to everyone who has made the Earn and Learn program a reality!

Earn and Learn Officially Launches!

On January 26, 2012, the Earn and Learn program held a small launch event to acknowledge all of the partners that helped make this groundbreaking program a reality. Program graduate Tim Coates spoke to the crowd about how he had made mistakes in his past, but he “was ready for a change and looking for […]

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Earn and Learn program helps chronically jobless

  Earn and Learn is an innovative and comprehensive model of workforce development that will help more than a thousand chronically jobless individuals in the Detroit area gain long-term employment   Earn and Learn is a two-year statewide initiative, of which $13.2M (about 60% of the total funding) is devoted to the Detroit-area program, which […]

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