CAT students earn engineering degrees in "real world" environment

stem bridge class 2014

The 2015 Bridge class is preparing for careers in engineering or technology. 

The Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT) provides a uniqure learning experience for students interested in becoming engineers.

Through Focus: HOPE's program, students receive wraparound services while pursuing engineering education at partner universities. They have the added benefit of being exposed to the professional “world of work” through internships with area employers.

Consistent with the Focus: HOPE mission to overcome racism, poverty, and injustice, the CAT provides access to education, employment, and career opportunities to individuals historically denied access to the economic mainstream due to race, economic status, or gender. The CAT challenges long-held and inaccurate perceptions of minority and other historically excluded populations; raises the bar of expectations for Focus: HOPE’s students and our society; and facilitates systemic change in the corporate engineering leadership culture.

Students begin by enrolling in a STEM Bridge course where they advance their skills in science, technology, engineering and math while earning college credit. Upon successful completion of the STEM program, they enroll at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) where they earn an associate degree in manufacturing engineering technology. From there, students can enroll in any engineering discipline at LTU, Wayne State University, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Michigan Dearborn or University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

Learn about the STEM Bridge application process here.

Did You Know...

The average starting salary for a 2014 graduate of the CAT was $56,500 per year.


STEM Bridge is where it begins

Not every high school graduate or GED holder is ready for college study. Our STEM program helps students strengthen academic skills and prepare for college-level study. They also begin the process of preparing to become successful professionals by learning the importance of good work ethics and work habits. That's why our graduates are highly valued in the field.