SER Metro-Detroit
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One Detroit/American Black Journal Workforce Development Roadshow

Matching Michigan’s unemployed workers with available jobs they are qualified for, or providing them with training for positions outside of their skill set remains a challenge. I was proud discuss potential solutions to this issue as a panelist in the @OneDetroitand @AmericanBlackJournalWorkforce Development Roadshow filmed September 9 at the@AmoDHDCDetroit Hispanic Development Corporation. Be sure to watch the full special Thursday, September 26 at 7pm ET on WTVS -@DetroitPublicTV.

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Now Enrolling: Adult Education Programs

SER Metro-Detroit  is now enrolling for all Ford Resource and Engagement Center Adult Education Programs.  Adult Education Programs include the following:

Language and Basic Computer Skill Instructor:

Cristina Hancock 

(313) 945-5200 ext. 4332


GED Instructor:

Janis Wilson 

(313) 945-5200 ext. 4242

SER YouthBuild Learning Academy Recognizes 22 Graduates

DETROIT, MI –The SER YouthBuild Learning Academy (SYLA) will host its annual Graduation and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Family, friends, and agency partners will gather at the SER Workforce Center for the ceremony. The graduation will recognize opportunity youth graduates who demonstrate the significant impact SER has on the young people of the city of Detroit.   

Eva Garza Dewaelsche, President & CEO of SER Metro-Detroit, Jobs for Progress, Inc. and Ann Leen, Assistant Vice President of Youth Services will be welcoming the graduates and presenting them with their diplomas. “This is the kind of programming that changes lives. Our graduates came to us with significant barriers in literacy, housing, and employment capability. They will leave here with the tools necessary to be successful. They are the future of Detroit.” stated Eva Garza Dewaelsche regarding the graduating class.

The SER YouthBuild Learning Academy (SYLA) is a comprehensive model that supports opportunity youth of Detroit, ages 16-24, in changing their lives. The program offers high school degree completion, GED attainment and certification in industry demand occupations. The SYLA program is a best practice model for the hardest to serve and offers programming that addresses a young person’s needs in an immediate way. The graduating class joined SYLA with an average literacy rate of 4th grade. They have now completed high school and will move on to college, the trades or long-term employment. For many, they will be the first in their family to graduate from high school.

Key highlights: Eleven students will receive their high school diplomas and twelve YouthBuilders will receive their GED. Following graduation, the students will move on to pursue employment opportunities or secondary education. Eight graduates are attending Wayne County Community College District, Oakland County Community College, or Henry Ford College. Two graduates will be attending cosmetology school; one will be studying fashion design. Two graduates are attending CNA training. One graduate will be a journeyman with Laborers Local Union 1191; four are gainfully employed with Bread Basket Deli, Great Lakes Recycling, and Waltonwood Senior Living. Two graduates will be joining the Armed Forces following training this summer. Three graduates are mapping out their next steps.

Special Guests: U of M Office of Metropolitan Impact, The McGregor Fund, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, The Office of Senator Debbie Stabenow, Huntington Bank, The Skillman Foundation, Jason Paulateer of Fifth-Third Bank, and SER Metro-Detroit, Jobs for Progress, Inc. Board Members.


About SER Metro-Detroit
SER Metro Detroit, Jobs for Progress, Inc. (SER) is a community-based organization that believes in the potential of every individual. For the past 47 years, SER has assisted thousands of at-risk and disadvantaged residents from across the City of Detroit and the region in becoming self-sufficient through quality employment, education and training programs. For more information visit

Bank of America Awards SER Metro-Detroit $30,000 Grant

Thank you to Bank of America for their continued support to help Detroiters get trained and gain access to the construction and skilled trades careers in Detroit! SER Metro-Detroit cannot do this work without Bank of America’s continued support!

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