Earn + Learn grads celebrate new job opportunities

December 4th, 2018
Earn + Learn graduates with Southwest Solutions staff and others connected to the job training program. Left to right: Earn + Learn graduate Dolores McDaniel, Southwest Solutions' Director of Workforce Development Karyn Goven, Earn + Learn graduate Tyler Ayers, US Truck Driver Training School's Vice President & CAO Tyler LaBarge, Earn + Learn graduate Antonio Lee, Earn + Learn graduate Clarence Baker, Southwest Solutions' Kim Willis, Southwest Solutions' Kartav Patel, Earn + Learn graduate Tarik Hughes, Southwest Solutions' Manny Hernandez, and Southwest Solutions' Rosetta Kincaid. (5 of 7 graduates came to the celebration. Not pictured are graduates Daevon Thomas and Amein Williams.)

Though each has a unique journey, they all enrolled in our Earn + Learn program for a common goal: to improve their economic prospects through better-paying jobs. They are now fulfilling this goal.

Our latest graduating Earn + Learn class has seven members. They received certificates marking their accomplishments at a recent celebration. This Earn + Learn cohort focussed on job opportunities in truck driving (CDLA) and hi-lo/forklift operation. Program participants first completed four weeks of work-readiness training and then proceeded to either the US Truck Driver Training School in Sterling Heights or the Detroit Training Center (which conducts the hi-lo/forklift training). Many of the graduates already have secured jobs or job offers related to the training they chose.

“The program is a good stepping stone to a better future,” said graduate Tyler Ayers, who is now working as a forklift operator for Universal Trucking in southwest Detroit.

The graduation event took place at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center (FREC City) on the east side.

Earn + Learn is a free program for Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck residents. To enroll or learn more, contact Manny at 313-297-0091 or email.

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