Detroit at Work - American Society of Employers - Linda Olejniczak

Detroit at Work

Detroit statueRecently there have been several news outlets showcasing the $100 Million in scholarships available through the Detroit at Work programs. There are a variety of options available under the umbrella.  There are five scholarship programs designed to give Detroiters access to greater opportunity, better careers, and higher earning power. 

Learn to Earn
Detroit at Work and Detroit Public School Community District (DPSCD) have partnered to move adult education programs into neighborhood Career Centers. DPSCD adult education programs are 100% tuition free and include in-class and online options.

Get Paid to Learn a Trade
Detroit companies have partnered to allow students to train for a career certification while they earn. 

Skills for Life
This is a comprehensive career development and advancement program made available to Detroiters and is a key component to reduce poverty and increase employment and upward mobility in the city.

Returning Citizen
Detroit at Work has various opportunities for returning citizens for employment and training, as well as support services like criminal record expungement through Project Clean Slate.

Business Start-Up Support
Two valuable programs are available to Detroiters looking to start a small business:

Learn more about these Detroit at Work programs at

Think outside the box.  Employers can create their own initiatives that mirror these types of programs.  

  • Help those in your community to get GED’s vs. not hiring because they don’t have a high school education. 
  • Check out apprenticeship programs and grants through Michigan Works
  • Hire great entry level employees and provide employee development paths.
  • Create a mentor program or shadow program.  Allow employees the chance to see what other departments do and get a glimpse at other job opportunities within your organization. 

Train the employees you have today for the jobs your company will have in the future.  Reskill, upskill, whatever you call it – training and development is the key to your company’s war on talent.

ASE Resources
ASE Training & Development - ASE offers over 75 employee development courses, including our most popular course - Principles and Practices of Supervision -  both virtually and in-person. View our full catalog here. In addition, we offer curiculums for ASE certification in HR, leadership, administrative, and customer service. Learn more about these certifications here.


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