The Community Learning Partnership of Southeast Michigan is a regional program that encompasses Wayne and Macomb counties including the cities of Detroit, Dearborn and Sterling Heights. The program is a partnership dedicated to linking student learning experiences to real-world opportunities for community change work through mentoring and hands-on internships provided by our community partners.
Currently two community colleges offer an academic track toward community change studies. Henry Ford College offers an Associate Degree as well as a Certificate in Community Leadership. Macomb Community College launched the first course in their Certificate program in the Fall of 2015. Both programs prepare students interested in making a positive impact in their communities through careers in fields such as community and economic development, community organizing, social services, city and county government, arts & cultural organizations, elementary & secondary education institutions, community health, and policy advocacy. Our partnership also includes an articulation agreement between Henry Ford College and the University of Michigan-Dearborn. CLP students looking to pursue a bachelor’s degree and continue their studies in Community Change can do so at the University of Michigan-Dearborn; which is located right next door to the Henry Ford College campus. Through these degree programs, students learn the skills and develop their talents to become agents of positive, social change in various aspects of their careers and communities.
CLP of Southeast Michigan has the advantage of having had the participation of four-year, two-year, and k-12 institutions at the table from the very beginning of our local CLP. Our program curricula has been shaped by our academic and committed community partners and refined by feedback from career field professionals. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of our partnership, we have been able to establish a robust and meaningful educational and career pathway for program participants.
Detroit and the Metro Area
Our partnership began in the cities of Detroit and Dearborn, but in reality the population and immigration patterns in southeast Michigan have created an integrated regional economy. As a result, our CLP has evolved from one that is Detroit centric to a regional CLP. For years the city of Detroit has been in decline. However, in the wake of our historic bankruptcy, it is a city ready for change and renewal. As the hub for the automotive industry, global trade, entrepreneurship being spurred by immigration and innovation, it is a region that needs more diverse and indigenous leadership. We have expanded our partnership further into the Detroit metropolitan area, specifically Macomb county. Detroit and the metro area have gone through significant changes in recent decades, economic decline has impacted the lives of most residents, and a steady influx of immigrants has given way to rich cultural environments, but these vibrant multicultural communities lack indigenous leadership. The coming years will shape the Detroit of the future, and in turn impact the metro area. The Community Learning Partnership of Southeast Michigan will contribute to this greater Detroit narrative by shaping the future leaders of this movement.
Our partnership is a network of dedicated organizations located throughout southeast Michigan that collectively provide and/or facilitate the following: recruitment of students, internships and learning opportunities for students, and placement opportunities for graduates. Together the academic and community partners have developed the educational pathway and infrastructure for implementing the Community Learning Partnership in our area.
- Human Services: Southwest Solutions, Urban Neighborhood Initiatives, and ACCESS.
- Workforce Development: Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, and Detroit Jobs Alliance.
- Economic Development: City of Dearborn, City of Dearborn Heights, Southwest Housing Solutions,
- Adult Literacy: Mercy Education Project, St. Vincent & Sarah Fisher Center
- Arts, Culture, and Museums: CultureSource, Creative Many Michigan, and Michigan Science Center
- Healthcare: Oakwood Healthcare System and American Indian Health and Family Services
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