Job training for Wayne County residents

Need a job? You may need job training to get into the new manufacturing jobs and opportunities in the IT field. Focus: HOPE has openings for machinist training and information technology classes for residents of Wayne County. The classes, which will start in February, will be offered at no charge to qualified students.

The new classes are offered in partnership with SEMCA (Southeast Michigan Community Alliance). Currently, classes are offered on Focus: HOPE’s campus on Oakman Boulevard in Detroit. To start the admissions process, call 313.494.4300 or stop in at 1200 Oakman Boulevard anytime between 8:30 and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Focus: HOPE has been offering workforce training programs since 1981. Current options are a 12-week machine operation program and 15-week IT/customer service course that leads to Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and Certified Business Professional Customer Service certifications. The certification exams are offered at Focus: HOPE.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, take an admissions test to establish math and reading levels, and pass a drug screen.

Focus: HOPE, a nationally recognized civil rights organization, began offering job training as a way to overcome racism and poverty in southeast Michigan.

Its programs have successfully placed nearly 12,000 people in jobs – most in southeast Michigan. Even with the challenging economy, the organization’s job placement rate ranges around 70 percent. Graduates of classes are eligible for lifetime job placement assistance.