Kellogg Foundation awards $700K to support Southwest Solutions’ job training programs for Detroit residents

February 27th, 2020
The recent graduating class for the Earn + Learn skilled-trades training program at the Randolph Technical Center

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is giving a two-year grant of $700,000 to support Southwest Solutions’ Earn + Learn program, which provides job training and support services to help unemployed and disadvantaged Detroit residents gain good-paying and sustainable work in a variety of career opportunities.

Those opportunities include the construction trades, IT, the financial sector, manufacturing, auto mechanics, truck driving, and hi-lo/forklift use. In addition to the job and work-readiness training, Earn + Learn connects participants to adult education, health services, transportation, childcare, legal aid, job search and placement, and other resources to address the needs of participants and their families.

With the W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant, Southwest Solutions expects to serve 240 job-seekers in the next two years.

“Earn + Learn is an integral part of the concerted and collaborative effort to create career pathways for disadvantaged Detroiters so they can achieve economic success and self-sufficiency,” said Hector Hernandez, Executive Director of Southwest Economic Solutions. “We are grateful to Kellogg for their continued support of Earn + Learn and equitable employment opportunities for residents.”

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal innovator and entrepreneur Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. For more information, visit

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