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Detroit adults looking to make a career change can apply for scholarships worth 100 million dollars. As part of Detroit at Work, Detroiters will earn an hourly wage while pursuing a GED or skilled training program funded by the American Rescue Plan. In a community meeting Monday, Mayor Mike Duggan explained how the program will work. “We are kicking off a program of $100 million in scholarships that are going to go to Detroiters over the next two years. “

Octavia Dunn is one of more than 100 success stories of Learn to Earn. Learn to Earn assists adults at least three years removed from high school to earn their GEDs. Detroiters can earn their GEDs working $10 per hour for 20 hours a week through the program. In addition to the program, there is also Skills for Life, which pays $15 an hour for 40 hours a week. Three days are spent working for the city, and two days are spent learning skilled trades. Dunn says,” Anybody that feels like it’s too late, it’s never too late. I got a high school diploma and because of Learn to Earn, I got a new job with DPS today.”

 Elisha Hines-Jones also benefited from the Learn to Earn Program as well. “It was an excellent opportunity,” Hines-Jones says. “I know CDL (Commercial Drivers License) classes can range anywhere form $3,000 to $7,000 to $10,000. It’s an excellent opportunity for people to make a decent wage and have a decent life and get a decent job in the city or other industries,” Hines-Jones said.

As the city shares information, they are hopeful more people like Dunn and Hines-Jones will sign up. For more information about these programs, visit or call 313-962-WORK.