In 2013, the Adult Learning Lab enrolled 266 persons in Adult Basic Education (ABE), GED preparation and ESL classes; 122 participated in ESL, 138 in GED; 13 individuals achieved their GED
The lab works closley with the Center for Working Families (CWF) based at Southwest Economic Solutions. The mission of CWF is to help low-income families reach financial stability, access income supports, develop educational and employment opportunities, build wealth, and move up the economic ladder.
Many partners are working with Southwest Solutions to provide services and support for the lab. These include Henry Ford Community College, The Greening of Detroit, WARM Training Center, Detroit Workforce Development Department, Madonna University Writing Center, University of Detroit Mercy Immigration Law Clinic, and Urban Neighborhood Initiatives.
When if began in January 2012, the lab was funded through a three-year grant of $100,000 a year from the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG).
Funding was also provided through a $10,000 grant from Charter One Foundation and a $10,000 grant from First Independence Bank.
The Learning Lab was awarded a Gannett Foundation Community Grant for the purchase of new English as Second Language instructional materials and to create a tutor recruitment and training program on May 25, 2012. These enhancements to the ESL program will allow the Learning Lab to increase the number of students and the quality of instruction. The grant is made possible through the Gannett Foundation, Detroit Media Partnership and the Detroit Free Press.