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SER Metro-Detroit receives a grant from General Motors to support its workforce development programs

Motor City Beat

DETROIT, MI - General Motors (GM) has awarded a grant to SER Metro-Detroit, Jobs for Progress, to sustain SER's education and workforce development programs in Detroit.

The grant will go toward the SER Career Pathways Program (Hybrid Model) and the SER Construction Hub Model, which encompasses the SER YouthBuild Learning Academy (SLA) and SER ReBuild Detroit Program.

These programs will enable job seekers and youth to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills, as well as hands-on paid work experience in the high-demand industries. Each year, SER Metro-Detroit will help 100 people to boost high school graduation rates, reading and numeracy skills, access to industry-recognized certifications, and job placements in industries with competitive pay and benefits.

SYLA enables unemployed, undereducated, and school-dropout young people aged 16 - 24 to obtain their GED or high school diploma while learning job skills through the construction of affordable housing and other community assets in their neighborhoods, as well as community service and leadership training. By the time they graduate, they are fully equipped for higher education, jobs, and registered apprenticeships, as well as members of a thriving community.

RBD is a free eight-week apprenticeship preparedness program aimed to assist Detroit citizens aged 18 and older in securing an apprenticeship, obtaining a union job, or finding work in the building trades. Students will improve their arithmetic and reading abilities, acquire certifications such as OSHA 30 and CPR/First Aid/AED, and gain experience in several construction trades through field excursions to unions, trades training facilities, and local construction businesses.

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