JOB CONNECTIONS

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.

Earn & Learn/Truck Driving

This 8- week training program that includes 4 weeks of readiness training at Focus: HOPE and 4 weeks of CDL Class A training at an accredited and state licensed Truck Driving School. Students must have a valid driver’s license and no violent felonies within the last 10 years to apply. Students must be Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck residents.

Training leading to State of MI CDL-A Licensing  

 Average starting wages of $45,000 annually 

(TABE Requirement: 6th – 8th grade reading and math)

Residents of Detroit, Highland Park, Hamtramck preferred 

High School Diploma/GED NOT Required 

Times Offered: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 3:30pm 

Production Worker Training  

Standard 1-2 week basic manufacturing readiness training in preparation for entry level manufacturing operator positions. Training includes lessons on being an engaged worker, introduction to manufacturing culture and expectations, and hands-on process training as specified by employer/general industry. Production Worker Training offer different levels of content exposure and certification opportunities. 

(TABE Requirement: 6th – 8th grade reading and math) 

Times Offered: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm 

Placement Focus: Flex-N-Gate, Metropolitan Detroit Area Hospital Services, GD Top Notch 

Hospitality Worker Training  

This 4-week, 120 hour training program will emphasize the key personal, and professional mind, and skill-sets, required for successful long-term employment.  Students will engage in diverse and innovative educational curriculum, geared toward MGM Grand Detroit careers. Enrichment classes in financial literacy, communication, workplace diversity, conflict resolution and more will compliment Industry pathway classes, yielding a complete student training experience. 

Placement Focus: MGM Grand Detroit (Specifically for Security Officers, Grandettes, Dealers, Guest Attendants and Line Cooks) 

Times Offered: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm 

Information Technologies (IT)/Tech Hire

10-week program teaching skills needed to support PC, laptops, mobile devices, and computer users. Students will learn how to maintain and upgrade PC/laptop hardware and operating systems. This includes learning how to install and configure hardware and their associated drivers, installing and configuring operating systems, mobile devices and security protocols. Students will also gain communication and customer service skills.

Academic Entry Requirement: 9th grade – Math & Reading

Times Offered: Monday -Friday., 9:00am-3:30pm (10wks)

  • Credentials to Earn: FH Certificate of Completion, CBP-Customer Service, CompTIA A+,
  • Placement Focus: IT Employment, Apprenticeship
  • Avg starting wages of $11-$15 per hour
  • Career preparation for Call Center or Help Desk Technicians

Industrial Manufacturing Training Pathways

Designed to provide training and deliver foundational curriculum for middle-skilled to multi middle-skilled manufacturing positions. This 15-week training pathway offers training related to Hi-Lo, CNC Operations, and Automation and Design.

Manufacturing Readiness/Hi-Lo 

4-week (80 hrs.) industrial manufacturing readiness program to deliver foundational curriculum for entry-level manufacturing positions. Topics covered include but are not limited to forklift operations, MIOSHA, measurement tools, shop math and communications.  

Academic Entry Requirement: 8th grade – Math & Reading  

Times Offered: M-F., 9:00am-1:30pm  

Credentials to Earn: FH Certificate of Completion, MIOSHA 10, NIMS-Safety & Material Measurement  

Placement Focus: Manufacturing Employment, Apprenticeship  

Potential Positions: Fork Lift Operator, Production Worker, Material Handler  

Average Wages: $12.50/hour  

CNC Operations

6-week (120 hrs.) industrial manufacturing training program to deliver foundational curriculum for middle-skilled manufacturing positions. Topics covered include but are not limited to intro to machining lathes/mills, CNC training, shop math, shop theory, and blueprint reading.  

Academic Entry Requirement: 9th grade – Math & Reading  

Times Offered: M-F., 9:00am-1:30pm 

Credentials to Earn: FH Certificate of Completion, NIMS-CNC Operations Mills Level 1, NIMS – CNC Operations Lathe Level 1 

Placement Focus: Manufacturing Employment, Apprenticeship  

Potential Positions: CNC Operator, Quality Inspection, Machine Operator  

Average Wages: $13.50/hour

Automation and Design 

5-week (100 hrs.) industrial robotics, CAD and welding training program to deliver foundational curriculum for multi-middle skilled manufacturing positions.  

Academic Entry Requirement: 10th grade – Math & Reading  

Times Offered: M-F., 9:00am-1:30pm 

Credentials to Earn: FH Certificate of Completion, FANUC Handling Tool and Operations 

Placement Focus: Manufacturing Employment, Apprenticeship  

Potential Positions: CNC Operator, Quality Inspection, Machine Operator  

Average Wages: $14.50/hour

Production Worker Training  

Standard 1-2 week basic manufacturing readiness training in preparation for entry level manufacturing operator positions. Training includes lessons on being an engaged worker, introduction to manufacturing culture and expectations, and hands-on process training as specified by employer/general industry. Production Worker Training offer different levels of content exposure and certification opportunities. 

(TABE Requirement: 6th – 8th grade reading and math) 

Times Offered: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm 

Placement Focus: Flex-N-Gate, Metropolitan Detroit Area Hospital Services, GD Top Notch 

Pre-Apprenticeship Plus Programs 

An academic and industrial readiness-training program, plus additional contextualized training customized to industry sector and employer needsThe courses within the program are no less than 200 contact hours. 

Industrial Design Technician Program

11-week pre-apprenticeship program designed to teach students to create 3D industrial design concepts for phones, computers, cars and more using Solidworks Software. 

PA Plus  

11wk pre-apprenticeship providing manufacturing technicians with the knowledge and competencies needed in the advanced manufacturing environment. Partnership between Focus: HOPE and Macomb Community College to hire and train Industrial Manufacturing Production Technicians. The program provides OJT at no cost to the apprentices, credentials thru Macomb Community College, Journey Worker status and full-time employment with an industry partner.

Academic Entry Requirement: 10th grade – Math & Reading  

Times Offered: M-F., 9:00am to 3:30pm; 5:00pm to 9pm (11wks)  

Credentials to Earn: CBP-Customer Service, OSHA 10, NIMS-Safety & Material Measurement, Solidworks Essentials (IDT Only) 

Placement Focus: Apprenticeship Positions 

Employers – GLWA, JC Kern 

Admissions

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)
CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Contact (313) 494-4300 or email to admissions@focushope.edu.

WHAT PAST STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY

TESTIMONIALS

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

There is no cost to the student, if you qualify for the funding source that will offset any tuition costs. Successful completion of each program has a different pay range expectancy. Call us at 313.494.4300 for more information.

Please don’t wait to start the enrollment process because classes are limited.