Our education and workforce development programs prepare individuals for success when competing for jobs. We offer a holistic approach to individuals looking to jumpstart their careers. Our programs are scholarship based and FREE to most students. Eligible candidates must pass a drug screen and take an admissions test to determine math and reading levels for entry.

Career Training

Work Readiness Opportunities

Work Readiness Opportunities

Programs include relevant professional work skills for students to successfully secure entry level employment opportunities.

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Job Training

Job Training

In line with industry demand, we have a number of pre-training programs geared to help students succeed in their desired field.  Students become effective workers, who actively participate in meeting the demands of a standardized, work intensive environment.

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American Apprenticeships are innovative work-based learning and post-secondary earn, and learn, models that meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), or with a DOL-recognized State apprenticeship Agency. We offer academic and industrial readiness training programs plus additional contextualized training customized to industry sector and employer needs.

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Future Career Training Opportunities

Future Career Training Opportunities

We work with industry partners and place our students in the following positions: CNC Machinist, Network Support Technicians, Controls Technicians.

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Corporate Partner

We are always looking to partner with corporations on training programs for our students. Our programs are adaptable for any industry. Interested in starting your own Careers Program? Contact Jewel Chapman. 

Admission Requirements & Process

Prospective students must:

  • have a high school diploma or GED for all programs, except Earn & Learn, Hi-Lo/Logistics, Production Worker and Truck Driving Programs
  • Pass a drug screen and physical (if applicable)
  • Pass an admissions test at required levels for each program. Testing is conducted every Tues & Thurs at 9:30am
  • click here for study guide – PDF

Prospective students must provide:

  • Valid photo identification
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate or Passport
  • High School Diploma or GED (if applicable)

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Supportive Services

Focus: HOPE recognizes the need for supportive services and takes a holistic approach to recognize the varied needs of our students and how that impacts their ability to progress. We provide support in areas such as counseling & case management, transportation assistance/bus tickets, barrier removal, vision, dental and medical referrals, expungement counseling, child care referrals, tuition assistance and financial literacy.

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They have done everything in their power to help me during the time that I didn’t have work they helped me to find work, they helped me with transportation to get to and from school.

Frank HowardEarn & Learn Graduate, Truck Driver

Focus: HOPE is good at empowering people to be the best version of themselves.

Marvin JacksonEarn & Learn Graduate, U.S. Truck Driver Training Student

The skills that this class taught me, I will use for the rest of my life.

Germarro McDanielFocus: HOPE Graduate

I had a vision for what I wanted to do after high school, but the staff here helped me further that vision and build out a plan to put it into action, thank you.

Paul PeddyFocus: HOPE Graduate, Tech Hire IT Student
Student Services

Student Services

Focus: HOPE offer our students a wide range of resources to help them confront life challenges that would otherwise hinder success. Our approach to education means that we work with students to help them manage their personal lives while they prepare for careers.


Support Services

Our supportive services include but are not limited to: monthly case management, transportation assistance, clothing, vision and dental assistance, Michigan Rehabilitation Services and Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MRS/MDHS).

Financial Literacy

Our Center for Working Families offers one-on-one financial counseling. Counselors help individuals prepare a budget and improve their credit score.

On-Site Social Services

Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) has two full-time counselors located at the Focus: HOPE campus to assist students with food and medical assistance.  Michigan Rehabilitation Services maintain regular office hours to help students with disabilities. DTE Energy has a permanent office location in the Westside Food Center to help individuals resolve utility concerns.

Legal Assistance

Representatives from Wayne County Friend of the Court, Michigan Legal Help and the Salvation Army’s William Booth Legal Clinic, to offer legal consultations on family law and expungement.

Job Placement Assistance

Placement coordinators assist Focus: HOPE students and alumni secure employment that complements their newly acquired skills. Services include resume writing assistance, employability workshops, mock interviews and job fairs.

Professional Clothing

In order to prepare students for the workforce, Focus: HOPE enforces a dress code. Students unable to meet the dress code may be able to find clothing through the Student Clothes Closet. The closet is stocked with donated clothing and contains items from suits and sport coats to dress shirts and shoes.

Veteran Support

GI Benefits Assistance (for students enrolled in ITC); Medical Care referrals
Housing referrals; Counseling; Resources for spouses or family members of Veterans. Referrals to off campus veterans resources; Apprenticeship Priority Enrollment; Private scholarships (when available)

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