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

DTE Tree Trim Academy

In partnership with DTE, Focus: HOPE offers a seven-week tree trimming program.  The program is designed to provide specific training at different intervals with each of the partnering organizations.

Two weeks of work readiness at Focus: HOPE: Students are emersed into the Focus: HOPE 5A’s (attendance, attitude, academics, appearance and academics), daily affirmation statements, enrichment/introduction to remote learning, computer literacy, resume preparation, interview skills, financial literacy, team building and preparation and certification for the Certified Business Professional – Customer Service. In addition, students review the Secretary of State handbook preparation for the TIP (Temporary Instructional Permit) exam.

Two weeks at the Tree Trimming Academy: Students learn safety protocols, fitness, the proper tying of knots, how to climb properly and the identification of trees.

Three weeks in Truck Driver Training School: Students are prepared and tested for the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL -B).The Focus: HOPE team is responsible for the recruitment, selection, work readiness training, supportive services, and overall coordination of the program.

After successful completion of the six-week program, students are selected for the tree trimming apprenticeship program

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 Customer Service, Financial Literacy, Technical Support, Server Technology Basics and Programming Essentials.

Core 1 and Core 2

This 10-week, 300-hour course is designed to provide technical skills necessary to become a CompTIA A+ certified IT professional. Beginning with an introduction to computer basics, this course will take students through the more complex issues involved in configuring, troubleshooting, and supporting software, operating systems, workstations, laptops, and mobile devices. An introduction to networks and security is included in the training as well as practical real-world type projects to strengthen the soft skills and customer service skills required to work in the IT field. Financial Literacy training is also included in this module. Students are prepared for industry certifications including the CompTIA A+, Certified Business Professional: Customer Service
The career placement focus areas for these modules include Help Desk Technicians, Service Desk Analysts, Desktop Support Technicians, Computer Support Specialists, Technical Support Specialists. Entry-level wages begin at $15-$17 hourly.

Server Tech Fundamentals

This 5-week, 150-hour course is 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. Students are prepared for industry certifications including the Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate. The career placement focus areas for this module include Windows Desktop Administrator, Junior System Administrator, Desktop Technician. Entry-level wages begin at $18 hourly.

Programming Essentials in Python

This 5-week/150-hour, Cisco Networking Academy course, covers all the basics of programming in Python, as well as general computer programming concepts and techniques. Additionally, the course familiarizes the student with the object-oriented approach providing a pragmatic and hands-on introduction to the Python programming language, with a focus on practical applications and projects, rather than theoretical topics. Students will design and build software to solve problems from various disciplines each week using Python. As the course progresses, students will learn to work with packages, data structures, object-oriented programming, and tools for data science and cybersecurity. This course prepares student for an industry recognized programming certification. Students are prepared for industry certifications the PCEP: Python Certified Entry-Level Programmer. The career placement focus areas for this module include Junior Python Developer, Software Developer. Entry-level wages begin at $28.50 hourly or $58,640 annually.

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.

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.

Logistics and Transportation Pathways

This is a 15-week course divided into two sections:

Module 1: The first section is the 4-week CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) work readiness portion during which students will be exposed daily to; The 5 A’s (attendance, attitude, academics, appearance, and accountability), daily affirmations, enrichment/introduction to remote learning and computer literacy, researching the truck driving industry, resume preparation, interview practice, financial literacy, and other Work Readiness tools. Additionally, students will prepare for the IBTA (International Business Training Association) Customer Service Examination and be awarded an internationally recognized Certificate of Completion upon receiving a qualifying score

Module 2:

The second section of the 15-week course is devoted to the initial entrepreneurial training needed to become a successful owner/operator including managerial accounting and supply chain management. Students will have the opportunity to earn an international certification in Business Communication. Students will develop a business plan and have Q&A sessions with business owners.

Industrial Manufacturing Pathways
Designed to provide training and deliver foundational curriculum for middle-skilled Information to multi middle-skilled manufacturing positions. This 15-week, 300 hours course offers training related to manufacturing readiness hi-lo, CNC (computer numerical control) operations, industrial robotics and welding.

Manufacturing Readiness/Hi-Lo
This 2-week (40 hrs.) industrial manufacturing readiness program is designed to deliver foundational curriculum for entry-level manufacturing positions. Topics include industrial safety, hi-lo operations, and OSHA (occupational safety and health administration) training.

CNC Operations
This 7-week (140 hrs.) industrial manufacturing training program is designed 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 company 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 consists of hand-on training and simulation, lectures and labs preparing learners for entry level welding position starting at $13.50 hourly.

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Prospective students must:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED for all 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.