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Matthew B. Elliott, Michigan Market President, Midwest Region Executive, Business Banking of Bank of America to Give Keynote Address at a Business Recognition Luncheon on October 25, 2018

DETROIT, MI-September 11, 2018 –SER Metro-Detroit, Jobs for Progress, Inc. announces Matthew B. Elliott, Michigan Market President, Midwest Region Executive, Business Banking of Bank of America will deliver the keynote address at the Amigos de SER Business Recognition Luncheon on October 25, 2018, at the Detroit Marriot at the Renaissance Center.

Matthew B. Elliott serves in a dual role as Michigan Market President and as the Business Banking Midwest Region Executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  In his role as state president, he serves as the company’s enterprise leader in Michigan, working with company leaders across the state to help deliver Bank of America’s full range of global financial services.   He also leads the Bank’s corporate social responsibility activities, including philanthropic giving, community development lending and investing, environmental initiatives, diversity efforts, arts and culture projects, and employee volunteerism. Mr. Elliott has more than 25 years of commercial lending, capital markets and corporate finance experience.  Prior to that, he was a Managing Director in loan syndications at LaSalle Bank, where he was responsible for structuring and syndicating middle market, asset-based, leveraged and investment grade loans for a broad cross section of domestic and international clients.

“We are honored to have Mr. Elliott as our keynote speaker. Bank of America has been a long-time supporter of SER, specifically our Financial Wellbeing and Construction Career Pathway Programs.” says President and CEO of SER Metro-Detroit, Eva Garza Dewaelsche.

In addition to remarks from Mr. Elliott, the event will focus on recognizing the many employers who invest in our graduates by providing employment opportunities and making it possible for them to succeed and improve the quality of life for themselves and their families. This year SER will present awards for Amigo of the Year and Employer of the Year. SER will also recognize its graduates for their program success and their dedication in overcoming challenges.  Four graduates will be presented with the “Journey to Success” award and two graduates will be awarded a $1,000 Frank D. Stella scholarship.

Last year’s Amigos de SER Business Recognition Luncheon brought together nearly 500 leaders from the community, corporations, academia and government.  To register for this year’s Luncheon, or for information on sponsorship/advertisement opportunities, please visit SER’s website or email


Matthew B. Elliott
Michigan Market President
Midwest Region Executive, Business Banking



STEM Exploration

On Thursday, August 11, 2016, youth from the GDYT program interested in STEM got a chance to explore all the possibilities that General Motors has to offer with STEM education. Youth toured the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant where GM has built more than 4 million cars since 1985 and the only GM plant based in Detroit. They experienced where GM builds 4 types of cars representing 3 brands on one production line. They saw people working on the factory line first-hand. Diana Ortega (GM HIT Board Member) welcomed SER and shared how she started her career with GM. After, we toured the Detroit Renaissance Center where youth met Alba Colon, NASCAR Program Manager, and others. As well as, listened to a student panel of newly recruited college students to talk about how they got to GM and the type of work that they do from; Purchasing, Logistic, Direct Sales, and a 2 year Rotation program. GM’s theme and advice to the youth were to “never say NO”, you never know when an opportunity will come your way, network, get involved with different groups, volunteer and always stay true to yourself.

$1.5 million from Kresge supports 21 projects in neighborhoods across Detroit

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March 15, 2016

The Kresge Foundation today announced grants totaling $1.5 million to 21 nonprofits for projects or planning efforts to revitalize Detroit neighborhoods. The project and planning grants span the city and include converting abandoned buildings and vacant lots for new purposes, park rehabilitations and engaging high school students in entrepreneurship and revitalization efforts.

The grants are the second round of Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit, a three-year, $5 million initiative to support nonprofits in transformative neighborhood projects. Nine organizations received grants ranging from $50,000 to $150,000 for projects to be completed in 12-18 months, and 12 organizations received grants of up to $25,000 for an eight-month planning process.

“When we launched this initiative in 2014, we hoped shine a light on positive changes by tapping  into the knowledge and creativity of city residents,” said Wendy Lewis Jackson, Kresge Detroit Program deputy director. “Added to the 18 in the first round of the initiative, these 21 projects are building momentum for change.”

“We see in these grantees a strong desire to revitalize neighborhoods physically and to engage residents socially in the process,” said Jackson. “Our grantees are interested in reutilizing what’s abandoned and vacant, creating green infrastructure and new community spaces, and developing human capital, particularly among young people.”

Read more about SER’s project:

RFQ-SER-Metro Detroit Bridge Curriculum

Bridge Program Curriculum Development



SER is in the process of developing a Bridge program for the Construction and Building Trades. Bridge programs are defined as those that include the following key elements: contextualized instruction (basic reading, math, and language skills and industry/occupation knowledge); career development (career exploration and planning; understanding the world of work); and transition services (case management, financial and personal supports, tutoring). These programs have been proven successful in breaking down the obstacles that have long kept low-literacy adults from getting ahead economically. They are more effective than traditional adult education programs in quickly improving the basic skill levels of adults and assisting learners in transitioning to occupational training and employment along a career pathway.

SER is seeking the services of a contractor to develop a contextualized basic skills curriculum in Fall of 2015, with work beginning immediately upon selection of the contractor. The curriculum assist students in improving reading comprehension, writing and math skills while exposing them to concepts, practices and knowledge of the apprenticeships within the Construction and Building Trades in an integrated fashion. The ultimate goal of the curriculum is to prepare students to successfully apply for entry into various apprenticeships within the Construction and Building Trades.

Read complete RFQ- RFQ-SER-Metro Detroit_Bridge Curriculum.pdf