On Monday, September 18, 2017, Focus: HOPE welcomed it’s first, 32 WIMTECH (Women in Manufacturing & Technology) students. The program is made possible by a $370,000 grant and $338,000 in laptops and network infrastructure, both from General Motors. This 13-week training program is free to all 32 students, and we are now registering for our second class that will begin on February 19, 2018!
The day began with a program overview and introductions from each of the students.
“Being a female and previously working in the IT industry, there were only two African Americans and only one other female in my department,” said Aisha Baldwin-Mercer, WIMTECH student. “I am excited to continue my education and be a part of a program that is opening the door for women in STEM.”
“I am interested in cyber security and really anything in the IT field,” said Carmen Brown, WIMTECH student. “I was reading that the IT field is going to really take off in the next 5 years so I am so excited to be a part of that growth.”
“Focus: HOPE has a strong history of providing job training services to residents in and around Detroit,” said Lori Wingerter, Vice President, Senior Manager, GM Corporate Giving. “Women are underrepresented in the manufacturing and IT workforce and there is a need for more highly trained female professionals, which the Women in Manufacturing & Technology program has been designed to provide.”
The women will become certified in Customer Service, MIOSHA, Machining Measurements & Safety, Shop Math, Intro to CNC, Intro to Blueprints, NX CAD and Office 365.
Interested in registering for the next class that begins on February 19, 2018? Come and visit us at 1200 Oakman Blvd, Detroit, MI 48238, call us at 313-494-4300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.