Meet Our Partners


The ACCESS Youth and Education Department aims at enhancing the academic and social development of individuals preschool through adulthood. Family literacy and adult education programs are provided at ACCESS in south Dearborn and at Priest Elementary-Middle School in SW Detroit. In collaboration with Detroit Public Schools and other partners, families can access English as a Second Language classes, financial literacy classes, entrepreneurship training, citizenship instruction, and parenting education. ACCESS Employment and Training provides GED preparation and workforce training programs in Dearborn and Detroit. Founded in 1971 in Dearborn, ACCESS provides social, economic, health and educational services to a diverse population through over 120 programs. In 2017, ACCESS implemented ACCESS to Earn, an integrated English as a Second Language (ESL) and skills-based entrepreneurial training program for immigrant women in southwest Detroit. ACCESS is looking forward to expanding services into the city of Detroit with space in the Cody Rouge area to house numerous services and programs addressing education needs, emergency services, and workforce development training. To learn more, please visit

Breanne Wainright
2651 Saulino Court, Dearborn, Michigan 48120


Detroit Public Library  

The Parkman Branch library’s Technology, Literacy, and Career Center (TLC) offers computer classes and technology device help, literacy tutoring in reading, math, and GED Prep as well as resume building, help with job searching and job leads, and small business resource assistance.  In 2017, Parkman Branch began the discussion of piloting a learning circle for GED preparation.  Beginning early 2018, Parkman Branch will host its first GED Prep Learning Circle for students whose assessments were high but just short of their goals. To learn more, please visit

Annette Lotharp, Reading and Literacy Specialist
1766 Oakman Blvd., Detroit, MI 48213

Dominican Literacy Center

The Dominican Literacy Center (DLC) provides Adult Basic Education, GED preparation and High School Completion, English as a Second Language, and workforce readiness services for adults at its site in the Samaritan Center on the east side of Detroit. Academic instruction is provided primarily through one-to-one tutoring as well as computer-based and small group instruction. The Dominican Literacy Center was founded in 1989 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. In 2017, DLC was proud that 8 learners earned their GED and 9 earned their High School Diploma.  They look forward to 20 learners earning their GED/High School Completion in 2017/2018.  To learn more, please visit

Kimberly Williams, Executive Director
5555 Connor, Ste. 1414, Detroit, MI 48213

Focus: HOPE

Founded in 1968, with a commitment to intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty and injustice, Focus: HOPE provides services in three areas – Food, Careers, and Community.  Focus: HOPE Careers has a renewed commitment to work readiness and bridging the technical and educational gaps that prevent so many adults from participating in the economic mainstream.  Employer centric training programs ensure Focus: HOPE will continue to help the region meet their industry talent needs.  The Fast Track program offers contextualized education to help adults advance grade levels and gain industry exposure to qualify for training programs and employment.  Focus: HOPE’s work readiness, job training and apprenticeship programs span numerous high demand career sectors such as Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology and Healthcare.   Focus: Hope launched their new Healthcare training program with Oakland University School of Nursing and Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation to prepare adults for jobs in the health care industry and will soon offer pathways to Truck Driving training. To learn more, visit

Dinah Hoskin, Manager, Fast Track
1355 Oakman Blvd., Detroit, MI 48238


Mercy Education Project  

Mercy Education Project (MEP) provides adult basic education and GED preparation instruction to women through a combination of small classroom, one-to-one tutoring and computer-based instruction and also provides workforce readiness support at its site in Corktown, west of downtown Detroit. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Education Project also provides remedial tutoring, life skills development and enrichment programs to girls living in southwest Detroit. In 2017, MEP was proud to celebrate its’ 25th year empowering Detroit women and girls through education.  MEP is looking forward to reaching more women in the city through satellite services in partnership with Brilliant Detroit.  To learn more, please visit

Kathryn Tanner, Executive Director
1450 Howard St., Detroit, Michigan 48216


Oakland Literacy Council  

Oakland Literacy Council (OLC) provides one-to-one tutoring in reading and English conversation skills for adults in Oakland County. Services are provided at libraries and other public spaces throughout Oakland County by volunteer tutors. OLC is currently seeking to add numeracy to its program services. The Council was founded in 1984 as a pilot program as an extension of the libraries. In 2017, the Council was proud of its efforts to enhance tutor training and increase the number of native-English speaking students served.  OLC is looking forward to settling in at their new office location and offering workforce writing workshops and expanding its services for skilled immigrants.  To learn more, please visit

Lisa Machesky, Executive Director
43700 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Twp., MI 48302

St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center

Serving the community since 1844, St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center (SVSF Center) provides free,  personalized, individualized tutoring for adults 18 years of age and older to prepare for and pass High School equivalency exams (GED and HiSet).  Students also receive computer training, workforce preparedness, college/career counseling and provides each student with personalized mentoring and resources to pursue their next step towards economic self-sufficiency.  (Higher education, vocational training or job assistance, including obtaining tuition assistance.)  SVSF Center has five campuses for its Adult Program:  Main Campus (NW Detroit), Midtown, Central, Eastside and New Center.  In 2017, SVSF Center provided a special accelerated learning program to prospective DTE Energy Employees, in association with SER Metro and DESC. In 2018, SVSF Center looks forward to a Family Learning Program at its Midtown campus, as well as a new recognition event called “Celebrate the Center” in April.  Please visit for more information.

Diane Renaud, Executive Director/CEO
16800 Trinity Street, Detroit, MI 48219

Siena Literacy Center  

Siena Literacy Center provides adult basic education and English as a Second Language through one-to-one tutoring using volunteers and computer-based instruction at its center on the northwest side of Detroit (adjacent to SVSF). Most learners read below the 6th grade reading level. Siena also provides tutoring for learners at Detroit Public Schools Adult Education west Campus. Siena Literacy Center was founded in 1995 by the Dominican Sisters. In 2017, Siena was proud of their collaboration with Detroit Public Schools Community District Adult Education West campus.  They are looking forward to increasing enrollment at the Center and collaborating with other Workforce Development programs to increase the numbers in pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs.  To learn more, please visit

Donna Nesbitt, Director
16888 Trinity, Detroit, Michigan 48219

Southwest Economic Solutions

Southwest Economic Solutions (SWES) provides adult basic education, GED preparation, English as a Second Language, Earn to Learn, financial literacy, workforce development, and entrepreneurship training for adults. SWES provides two computer-based adult learning labs, one focused on GED preparation and the other focused on literacy, in southwest Detroit. The literacy lab is sponsored by the WSU Harris Literacy program. SWES is part of Southwest Solutions, a large human service agency founded in 1970 that provides mental health, housing, and early childhood services. In 2017, SWES was proud to launch our Career Pathways Navigator program that connects our adult learners to work readiness activities, supportive services and guidance to post-secondary training opportunities. SWES is looking forward to expanding our role in adult education as a provider at the Randolph Career and Technical Center. To learn more, please visit

Caitlyn Pisarski, Director, Adult Learning Labs
4214 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit, MI 48209