Get on the Career Express. Prepare for success in 15 weeks or less!

Since starting career preparation programs in 1981, Focus: HOPE has helped nearly 12,000 talented men and women establish successful careers. The curriculum for our programs has been developed in partnership with area employers to ensure our students develop marketable skills.

Focus: HOPE offers a nurturing environment in which it provides a range of support services to help students succeed in their education. Services range from assistance with bus passes to referrals for emergency food, clothing and shelter. Students also have access to an on-site child care center, job placement assistance, and workshops on topics such as financial literacy.

Education options


Youth Education Programs
 
Career and Technical Education (CTE) High school students can pursue job training and basic college courses on a part-time basis during their junior and senior years at Focus: HOPE through the CTE program. The course aims to prepare students for immediate employment after graduation, and/or to enter college without having to take basic or remedial courses.  
 
Digital Connectors High school students can enroll in this one year program to develop skills ranging from leadership skills and personal development to software programming and media production.
 
aweSTEM Summer Camp Middle school students are exposed to science, technology, engineering, mathmatics (STEM) topics through exciting, hands-on activities that encourage creativity and experimentation.
 
DAPCEP Satudays 11th and 12th grade students receive weekend training in automation and design at the Focus: HOPE campus in partnership with DAPCEP.

Academic Enrichment Programs

 

Ready, Set, Go! This skill enhancement program helps students upgrade math and reading skills through concentrated study.  Small classes, tutoring and personal attention help students improve test scores by as much as two grades in 10 weeks. Students also learn study skills and work readiness skills. Ready, Set, Go! is a program requirement for students enrolling in Focus: HOPE's career training programs.

Earn + Learn This program is designed to help young minority males between the ages of 18 to 24 obtain work skills, set and achieve education goals, and gain work experience.  Students take four weeks of job readiness training before being placed in advanced education and job training programs. 

 

 

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Information Technology Focus: HOPE’s highly-regarded Information Technologies Center (ITC) provides training for industry certifications. Students can enroll in classes ranging from 12.5 to 53 weeks to develop credentials to launch successful careers in the IT industries. Students can earn certifications in Microsoft Office Specialist, Certified Business Professional Customer Service Support, Comp TIA A+, Cisco Certified Network Adminstrator and other areas. 

Advanced Manufacturing Focus: HOPE's Machinist Training Institute (MTI) offers hands-on machinist training to prepare individuals to become a machine operators and CNC machinists. Students can enroll in a 14 week Machining Essentials (ME) program. A 10 week Advanced Machining (AM) program is offered to students who are interested in continuing their training.

COLLEGE DEGREE PROGRAMS

Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT). Students can earn a college degree in engineering through this unique collaboration with university and industry partners. Students get hands-on work experience through internships and in our manufacturing area where we conduct research and development for the U.S. government.

Information Management and Systems Engineering (IMSE). Our dynamic college degree program combines information technology and business courses to produce well-rounded IT professionals.