Our workforce development programs prepare individuals for successful careers. 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.

Job Training/Career Programs

CDL Work Readiness
This 8-week training program 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.
Information Technologies Pathways:
Designed to provide training and deliver foundational curriculum for entry-level to middle-skilled Information Technology positions. This 15-week training pathway offers training related to Information Technology Fundamentals, Small Office Home Office Networking, and Server Technology Basics.
IT Fundamentals
4-week, 120 hour course designed to deliver the technical skills required for fundamental knowledge/configuration of devices, IT infrastructure, applications and software, software development, database fundamentals, security and troubleshooting. Additional topics covered include installing software, establishing network connectivity and identifying/preventing security risks. Credentials to Earn: CompTIA ITF+; Placement Focus: Help Desk Technicians, Computer User Support Specialists. Starting wages: $13-15
Small Office Home Office
6-week, 150 hour course designed to deliver the technical skills necessary to implement, plan, deploy and support networking systems (routers,switches, etc.) and the conceptual aspects of network environments. Beginning with an introduction to basic networking concepts, this course will take students through the more advanced issues involved in the implementation, support, and troubleshooting of multiple network operating systems and networking protocols. Credentials to Earn: CompTIA Network+; Placement Focus: Network Technicians; Starting wages of $16-$17
Server Tech Basics
5-week, 150 hour course designed to deliver the technical skills necessary to configure or support Windows computers, devices, users, and associated network and security resources on enterprise server-based and cloud-based environments. This path dives into the skills needed to deploy Windows, manage devices and data; configure connectivity; and maintain Windows operating systems as part of a Microsoft 365 setting. Credentials to Earn: Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate. Placement Focus: JR Network and Computer Systems Administrator; Starting Wages: $18+
Industrial Manufacturing Training Pathways:
Designed to provide training and deliver foundational curriculum for middle-skilled to multi middle-skilled manufacturing positions.  This 15-week, 300 hours course offers training related to Manufacturing Readiness Hi-Lo, CNC Operations, Industrial Robotics and Welding.
Hi-Lo/Manufacturing Readiness
2-week (40 hrs.) industrial manufacturing readiness program to deliver foundational curriculum for entry-level manufacturing positions. Topics include industrial safety, Hi-Lo operations and OSHA training. Placement Focus: Forklift Operator, Material Handler
CNC Operations
7-week (140 hrs.) Industrial manufacturing training program to deliver foundational curriculum for middle-skilled manufacturing positions. Topics covered include intro to CNC machining lathes/mills, shop math, and blueprint reading. Credentials to Earn: FH Certificate of Completion, NIMS-CNC Operations Mills Level 1, NIMS–CNC Operations Lathe Level 1, NIMS Material Measurement & Safety. Placement Focus: Manufacturing Employment, Apprenticeship Opportunities,  CNC Operator, Quality Inspection, Machine Operator. Average Wages: $14.50+ per hour
Industrial Robotics and Welding 
6-weeks (120 hours) Robotics course covers task to prepare an operator, or technician to set-up program and troubleshoot industrial robot operations. Course comprises FANUC e-learn curriculum and hands-on training. Learners may earn FANUC Handling Tools Operations and Programming certification. Introduction to Welding, this course covers Flux-Core Arc Welding, emphasizing welding fundamentals, safe practice, weld inspection and equipment. Training consist of hands on training and simulation, lectures and labs preparing learners for entry level welding position starting at $13.50; Placement Focus: Advanced Machine Operator, Industrial Production Worker
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 through Macomb Community College, Journey Worker status and full-time employment with an industry partner.
Culinary Pre-Apprenticeship Program
5 week, 120 hour program that will provide work readiness related to culinary including but not limited to cooking and presentation of food, kitchen etiquette, weighing, measuring and mixing ingredients and arranging, garnishing and serving food, staff scheduling, staff management, business operations and more, all leading to occupation specific training and job placement. Participants in this program will also have the opportunity to participate in advanced training and apprenticeships through a Chef Apprenticeship with the Detroit Institute of Gastronomy or the Restaurant Manager Apprenticeship with the Michigan Restaurant Manager Apprenticeship.
Construction Pre-Apprenticeship
5 week, 120 hour program that will provide work readiness related to Construction including but not limited to carpentry and millwrights leading to occupation specific training and job placement. Participants in this program will also have the opportunity to participate in advanced training and apprenticeships.

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Prospective students must:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED for all programs Truck Driving Readiness Programs
  • Pass a drug screen and physical (if applicable)
  • Pass an admissions test at required levels for each program. Online testing is conducted at 8:30am & 1:30pm M-TH by appointment only. Call to be assigned a Workforce Development Specialist to assist you with navigating the enrollment process.
  • 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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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. 

Thanks to Our Supporters!

Listed organizations supported Focus: HOPE during fiscal years
2019-2020 (10/1/2018 – 9/30/2020).  
This information was updated as of February 14, 2020.