College Bound and Career Ready

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Focus: HOPE's Career and Technical Education (CTE) program provides an accelerated college path learning experience for high school students starting their junior year. This program uses a mix of technical application, motivational instruction, academics, and best practices to guide students through a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) dual enrollment curriculum. The program promotes mastery-based learning for student success, along with study groups and peer support where students form bonds and encourage each other daily. 

Students who complete the two year program will graduate with college credit and certification in one of two programs: 


Machinist Training Institute (MTI) places heavy emphasis on the importance of hands-on applications leading towards career pathways in manufacturing and engineering based disciplines. The foundational elements of this program are:

  • Pre-engineering concepts
  • Shop Math
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Shop Theory
  • Hands-on instruction through machining projects

Students prepare for the following industry recognized certifications:
National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)
Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MOSHA)

Training prepares students for the following careers:
Machine Operator
CNC Precision Machinist


The Information Technologies Center (ITC) is a CISCO Network Academy and Microsoft IT Academy. It has nationally recognized curriculum, simulated labs for practice and study in and outside of class leading to careers in Information Technology. The foundational elements of this program are:

  • Business Applications - Microsoft Office, SharePoint, Access, Project
  • Computer and Mobile Device Technology
  • Network Technology
  • Customer Service

Students prepare for the following industry recognized certifications:
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
CompTIA's A+
Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT)
Certified Business Professional-Customer Service

Training prepares students for the following careers:
Computer or Network Technician
System or Network Administrator
Customer Service Representative
Technical Support Representative


CTE is a half-day program and open to all students enrolled in high school.  Focus: HOPE partners with local schools to establish a class schedule and transportation that will allow students to participate.  Current partner schools include: Advanced Technology Academy, Hamtramck High School, Highland Park High School, Henry Ford Academy.


CTE is a 2 year program
Engineering Technology classes are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (during the school year)
Information Technology classes are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (during the school year)


If you would like to enroll in the CTE program please call 313.494.4422


Digital Connectors

The Digital Connectors program introduces high school students to topics ranging from leadership skills and personal development to software programming and media production. Students enrolled in the program can expect to grow in the following areas:

  • Hardware and Networks: Students are taught computer operation, network installation and broadband education.
  • Software and Programming: Students learn software installation and removal, in addition to basic programming languages.
  • Leadership and Diversity: Students will learn and practice group leadership skills, team building, active listening, critical thinking and diversity awareness.
  • Workforce Development: Students gain office skills, learn project and time management and are taught workplace etiquette.
  • Financial Literacy: Student are introduced to budgets, basic personal banking, interest, savings and pay scales


This one year program runs from September through June
Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays; 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Call Arnold Redd at 313.494.4559 or email


AweSTEM Summer Camp

The AweSTEM Summer program is open to all 6th, 7th or 8th grade students in the metro Detroit area. Three classes are offered each summer and students can chose to attend one 3-hour course or two 3-hour courses.  

Mobile App Design: Students learn the basics of programming by creating their first app. Students use software to program and design their apps and learn both concrete development skills and principles of design. 

Graphic Design & Publications: Students will create fun and creative projects such as flyers, greeting cards, t-shirts and more. Students will use Desktop Publication Software to fill mock orders and design products for their customers. 

Explorations in STEM: Students learn about engineering and structural design through hands-on experiments and computer programs. The program highlights the diverse nature of the engineering field and allows students to discover a variety of possible future careers.


Graphic Design & Publications: morning class (8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
Exploration in STEM
: afternoon class (12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
The 2016 AweSTEM Summer Camp runs July 11–August 4 (Mon–Thur, two week, half-day sessions)

Two week, full-day sessions cost $150 and includes lunch.
Two week, half-day sessions costs $75


Call 313.494.4422

2016 AweSTEM Summer Camp Application form here
Printable information about the AweSTEM Summer Camp is available here

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Focus: HOPE Partnerships

DAPCEP Saturdays: In partnership with DAPCEP, Focus: HOPE will offer courses designed to heighten students' interest in the STEM fields. Fall and Spring sessions are available.

Spring 2016 Courses:

Graphic Design & Publications course for 6th–9th grade students and an Explorations in STEM course for 11th and 12th grade students.  
Both courses contain hands-on & project based instruction.
To learn more visit the DAPCEP website here.

Download the Spring 2016 Flyer here.