Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Detroit Learning Labs officially open to provide help to job seekers

Detroit Learning Labs Officially Open Today Labs Offer Adult Learners Flexible Access to Basic Learning Help and Job Readiness Skills

Contact: Mario L. Morrow 517-373-9280
Agency: Energy, Labor & Economic Growth

December 29, 2010 - The Detroit Learning Labs officially opened today to provide Detroit-area adult learners flexible access to support in basic skills, GED preparation and counseling and career exploration. Today's opening featured a grand opening ceremony and facility tour of the lab located in the Detroit Public Schools Adult Education Westside Center.

"Michigan is committed to ensuring that no Detroit worker is left behind by helping residents gain skills for better careers," said Andrew S. Levin, acting director of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG), who spoke at today's dedication ceremony. "This exciting effort will complement the hard work of local providers by offering new and innovative ways for more Detroiters to access and succeed in improving their skills."

Located within 10 facilities around Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck, the Learning Labs are aimed at offering adult learners flexible, neighborhood-based access to help with basic reading, writing, math, and computer skills as well as access to job training programs and career exploration. The Detroit Learning Labs are a joint venture between DELEG, the City of Detroit, the Detroit Workforce Development Department and local community organizations.

Detroit Learning Labs offer online learning that is tailored to the needs, goals and pace of each participant. The labs are operated through local agencies where learners can find additional support, including one-on-one tutoring, counseling for training, and job skills, as well as help with learning problems. All of the labs are connected, so learners can use any of the locations at any time. In addition, each Learning Lab is easily accessible, with extended operating hours to ensure that learners are able to access services regardless of work and life constraints.

All labs will help adults in General Education Development (GED) preparation, basic reading, writing, math, and computer skills, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), access to job training programs and career exploration and developmental courses for postsecondary education.

Additional services may be offered at some sites, including transitions into post-secondary and employment, soft skills training and workplace skills enhancement, access to wraparound services to help with attaining the education such as child care and transportation, and tutoring.

The Detroit Learning Labs are located at the following facilities:

Detroit Public Library Site:
Parkman Branch Public Library
1766 Oakman Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48238

Detroit Public Schools Sites:
DPS Adult Education Eastside Center
13840 Lappin St.
Detroit, MI 48205

DPS Adult Education Westside Center
16164 Asbury Park
Detroit, MI 48228

Hamtramck Adult Education:
3225 Caniff Street
Hamtramck, MI 48212

Highland Park Service Center:
New Center Training Center
15004 3rd Ave.
Highland Park, MI 48203

New Prospect Baptist Church:
At the Lighthouse
19750 Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221

Southwest Solutions:
3627 W. Vernor
Detroit, MI 48216

Warren Conner/Dominican Literacy Center
11168 Harper Avenue
Detroit, MI 48213

Wayne County Community College:
Eastern Campus
5901 Conner
Detroit, MI 48213

Northwest Campus
8200 West Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48219

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