Workforce Development



Workforce Development

Southwest Solutions offers a variety of workforce development programs to help individuals acquire the education, skills, training, and job opportunities to secure sustainable employment. These programs are designed to address the particular needs and barriers of the individuals seeking work and greater economic security and success.


Adult Literacy
Our Adult Learning Lab in southwest Detroit helps adults improve their literacy, math and computer skills so they can be better qualified for employment. These services are free for eligible participants.
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Career Center
The Detroit At Work Career Centers are a free resource for Detroit residents looking to start a new career or improve their career prospects. Ours is in southwest Detroit.
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Center for Working Families
Our Center for Working Families (CWF) is based on a promising national concept and is designed to help low-income families reach financial stability, access income supports, develop educational and employment opportunities, build wealth, and move up the economic ladder. To participate in the program, eligible families and individuals must commit for at least three months. Participants are assisted by a financial coach, workforce development coach and benefits coach.
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Earn + Learn
Earn + Learn 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.
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Supported Employment
Supported Employment Services (SES) is designed to help people with severe and persistent mental illness find work at employment opportunities that they choose and for which they are qualified. The foundation of the program is that work can promote recovery and wellness.
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YouthBuild is a community-based pre-apprenticeship program that provides job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth ages 16-24 who have previously dropped out of high school.
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Southwest Solutions’ job training programs have helped more than 3,700 adults improve their job skills

including the chronically unemployed and returning citizens.

HVRP has served 464 veterans in years 2010 to 2014 and has placed 167 in jobs
Our Supported Employment Services goal is set at 35 job placements annually by the DWMHA. Our agency has exceeded that goal every year since 2011.
In 2014. 78 Earn + Learn participants moved from subsidized to unsubsidized employment; 45 participants received retention services and 18 completed work readiness for jobs in blight removal, construction, IT and truck driving
Adult Learning Lab enrolled 339 persons in Adult Basic Education (ABE), GED preparation and ESL classes in 2014; 10 individuals achieved their GED
Our Center for Working Families (CWF) site is a national model in achieving successful outcomes. In 2014, 415 CWF clients (84% all CWF clients) received at least two CWF services; 56 individuals were placed into employment.


For contact information for a specific program, please visit that particular  program page by clicking the link in the Programs section above.


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