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Michigan Earn and Learn

While the Great Recession introduced unemployment and underemployment to the masses, its significant negative trends aggravated already declining rates of employment in Michigan, particularly among less-educated, young, male, and minority individuals, who were then also hit hardest by the recession. The State of Michigan, along with private funders, responded with the Michigan Earn and Learn program, with the goal of creating opportunities for people facing barriers to employment to pursue education and occupational training that could help them get ahead. This report is full of implementation details and insights into the success, challenges, and lessons learned running the program.

Michigan Earn and Learn: An Outcome & Implementation Evaluation of a Transitional Job and Training Program