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

With an extraordinary record of success in working with underserved and minority members of the Detroit/Southeast Michigan community, Focus: HOPE offers accessible, high-quality work readiness, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs in a range of in-demand career fields.

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 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.

Skill Enrichment Programs


Fast Track 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. Fast Track 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. 




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.


STEM Bridge  This free one year college prepatory program, significantly increases the success of students in college. Students have the opportunity to earn college credit towards an Associate's Degree from Lawrence Technological University (LTU).

Associate's Degree Students who successful complete the STEM Bridge program can earn an Associate's Degree from Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology at no cost.

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. 

American Apprenticeship Program

Focus: HOPE is excited to announce our American Apprenticeship Program! We will offer hands-on apprenticeships, where workers Earn and Learn at the same time. Apprenticeship Training Tracks begin Fall 2016. Come learn more and register at our Apprenticeship & Job Training FAIR on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 5:00 – 7 p.m. Click here for a flyer.