Educating for the future
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The Focus: HOPE Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT) offers a college degree program that provides a unique learning experience for students interested in becoming engineers. This program is open to those who are college ready, with a high school diploma or GED. Students benefit from small classrooms, individual attention and student support services. The first two steps of this program are available to eligible students at no cost.
This one year college preparatory program, significantly increases the success and retention rate of underprepared but intellectually capable students. It is comprised of twelve courses delivered over three terms and includes support services (academic advising, professional development, tutoring). Students have the potential to earn 24 credits towards an Associate’s Degree from Lawrence Technological University (LTU). The application for the STEM Bridge program can be found here.
In partnership with Lawrence Technological University (LTU), students who successfully complete the STEM Bridge program can continue their education and earn an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology. The program is organized as a cohort and classes are offered during the day or in the evening based on the needs of the students within the cohort. Classes meet at the Focus: HOPE campus and are taught by LTU instructors. Three classes are offered each term. Students can earn up to 30 credits a year and 68 credits are required to earn the degree. Although classes are taught at the CAT and students are eligible for Focus: HOPE services, they are full-fledge students of LTU and eligible for student services offered by the university.
Focus: HOPE offers continued support to students who complete their Associate’s Degree and want to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree. As students transition to a university setting, they maintain their relationship with Focus: HOPE and have access to student support services, specialized tutoring, financial aid assistance, and unique internship opportunities. Through the CAT and Information Management Systems Engineering (IMSE) programs, students can earn a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, information technology or other STEM disciplines.
Our university partners include: Lawrence Technological University, Wayne State University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Oakland University, and the University of Detroit-Mercy.
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