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Earn + Learn is a collaborative initiative funded by a blend of public and philanthropic dollars. It is founded on the premise that the ethic and opportunity of work is essential to revitalizing our community. The mission of the program is to promote this ethic and create life-changing opportunity for participants through a comprehensive approach that includes training, support services, education, incentives, subsidized employment, and other services.

The program is grounded in best practices and has been rigorously evaluated. Phase I successes have led to Earn + Learn becoming a national model of helping a population that has been historically hard to reach and connect to the world of work.

Southwest Economic Solutions and program partner Focus: HOPE provide training, supportive services, and job development.

Program partners Detroit Economic Solutions Corporation (DESC) and Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) provide funding for training and education and job development, while the MEDC Community Ventures program provides grants for employments and funding for retention services.

Forgotten Harvest and Hopeful Harvest, the Detroit VA Medical Center, MSU’s Institute of Agricultural Technology, the State of Michigan Veterans’ Services Division, and Southwest Economic Solutions Earn + Program are all partners in a Michigan Department of Rural & Economic Development funded grant to promote economic development by providing well-trained candidates for the growing food industry.

Southwest Solutions serves as the program manager, convener and fiduciary. To learn more about Earn + Learn, email Maureen Sheahan, workforce development program manager at Southwest Economic Solutions.