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The purpose of this study is to estimate the net impact of Michigan's JET (Jobs, Education, and Training) program. JET marks a change in the way the State of Michigan provides services to increase the economic opportunities of its low-income residents. In 2004, directors of the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Labor and Economic Growth (DLEG) created the Workforce Action Network (WAN), a group representing workforce development professionals, educators, advocacy organizations, human services agencies, and state and local government staff. The directors charged WAN with developing a set of comprehensive recommendations to strengthen the state's Work First Program, which for nearly a decade was the state's program to assist welfare recipients to find work. More specifically, they asked WAN to design a workforce development program that connects Michigan's families with the kinds of jobs, education and training opportunities that will help them obtain and retain employment to achieve self sufficiency.

Issue Date

June 2008


Submitted to the Joyce Foundation

Subject Areas

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; Regional collaboration; UNEMPLOYMENT, DISABILITY, and INCOME SUPPORT PROGRAMS; Poverty and income support; Low wage labor markets; WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT; Public training programs; Welfare to work




Eberts, Randall W. 2008. "Net Impact Evaluation of Michigan's JET (Jobs, Education, and Training) Program." Report submitted to the Joyce Foundation.