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Focus: HOPE to Accept 500 Qualified Applicants at Open House

Education scholarships will be available and no qualified applicant will be refused because of financial need as part of a Focus: HOPE open house from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23.

Designed to recruit students for its education programs, organizers of the Focus on Your Future open house will accept as many as 500 qualified applicants into Focus: HOPE's nationally recognized job training programs.

It will be held in the Focus: HOPE Conference Center at 1400 Oakman Boulevard, Detroit.

It will enroll individuals in an array of advanced manufacturing and information technology certification programs. Students will learn to operate CNC machines, read blueprints and many other machine shop skills as part of the advanced manufacturing courses. The IT classes will allow students to earn industry certifications to become desktop support professionals, network administrators or a host of other skilled job titles.

College-track degree programs are also available. Focus: HOPE's Fast Track classes are also being offered to help students upgrade their mathematics, reading and computer skills. Information will be available on health care and weatherization programs which will begin accepting enrollments again later this year.

"Underserved people in this region need good jobs, but they can't get them unless they receive outstanding training, as well as financial and child care support," said Focus: HOPE president and CEO William F. Jones Jr. "That's what we're offering on March 23. "It is our goal to turn out more skilled professionals from Detroit in such fields as manufacturing and IT than in any other metropolitan area in the United States."

Child care is available at Focus: HOPE's Center for Children for students who need it during their classes. Enrollments are limited. Call (313) 494-4300 or visit for more information on the education and training opportunities.

Focus: HOPE is a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization in Detroit founded in 1968 after the Detroit riots. Throughout the years, Focus: HOPE developed numerous programs in its efforts to overcome racism, poverty and injustice, including career training programs. Through Focus: HOPE, thousands of individuals -- especially women and minorities -- have become financially independent.

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