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 and they, in turn, have generated more than $1.2 billion in economic activity in this area. The curriculum for our programs has been developed in partnership with area employers to ensure our students develop skills that employers require.

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

High School Program

Focus: HOPE launched a College Bound Career Ready program that allows high school students to pursue job training and basic college courses on a part-time basis during their junior and senior years. The program aims to prepare students for immediate employment after graduation, and/or to enter college without having to take basic or remedial courses.

Certificate programs

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

Machinist Training Institute (MTI). Our new 12-week machinist training program provides hands-on training to become a machine operator. It also provides an introduction to computerized applications such as CNC operations. Click here to download flyer.

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.

Earn and Learn.  This new program provides access to jobs for at-risk minority youth and adults who have been incarcerated or are chronically unemployed.  It targets residents of Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck.  Students take four weeks of job readiness training before being placed in part-time jobs. While working, the participants also enroll in advanced education and training. Click here to download flyer.

GED Prep.  The Education Experience GED Tutoring program assists adults ages 18 and older earn their GED through tutoring and personal assistance.  


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.