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Skilled Trade and Certification Programs


To provide program and enrollment information for students, families, and partners. Also to bring awareness to opportunities available within Metro Detroit for skilled trade programming!

At a glance...

Learn more about a few trade areas that are currently in high demand. Click the links below to find job titles, education credentials needed, and starting hourly rates. This will support you in identifying potential programs that are best for you!

Healthcare Training    Information Technology    Construction Trades  

Manufacturing Training   Retail and Hospitality

Still need support with learning about different career pathways and opportunities...

Explore Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) RoadMap to Opportunity that features quick videos and info sheets for several programs that are available to you! 

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Resource Centers and Support

If you are a current DPSCD student, you have a unique opportunity to participate in a variety of trade programs while in HS. You will receive hands on experience and obtain your credentials needed work in your program of interest. Some programs you can even start earning income while earning your credentials.

Use this opportunity not as a way to get out of school but to align with viable employment after graduation!


Detroit At Work offers dozens of free job training program opportunities for Detroit residents to obtain credentials in high demand skilled trade roles needed within Metro Detroit.

Need help with your resume, or computer skills, or online job applications? This is also provided  to the Detroit at Work community to engage in online workshops along with a host of other free resources!


Focus HOPE offers an array of job training skilled trade programs. 

Prospective students must: 

  • Have a high school diploma or GED for all programs except Earn & Learn, Hi-Lo/Logistics, Production Worker, and Truck Driving Programs. 

  • Pass a drug screen and physical (if applicable)

  • Pass an admissions test at required levels for the program of interest. Testing is conducted every Tues & Thurs at 9:30a


A community based non profit that supports community development in Detroit. One of their projects being "Opportunity Hubs", the first being within the old Durfee Elementary/Middle school building now called the Durfee Innovation Society. 

Within the innovation society there are dozens of programs within education, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and human services who now call this space home. Check out the tenants here!


Did You Know?


You can use your Detroit Promise Free-Tuition Scholarship towards obtaining your credentials for a skilled trade program. The Detroit Promise Scholarship is for 4-yr, 2 yr, and certification programs at participating schools. Below you will find the participating schools that have trade programs that you can enroll in!

Construction Workers

Trade Programs Offered:

  • ​Automotive Technology

  • Cyber Security

  • Dental Assisting

  • Emergency Medical Tech

  • Food Processing Technology

  • Information Technology

  • Healthcare Certificates

  • Homeland Security


  • Manufacturing Technology

  • Video Game Design

  • Website Developer

  • Welding

Schoolcraft College


Trade Programs Offered:

  • Advanced Manufacturing

  • Computer Aided Design

  • Culinary Arts and Brewing

  • Cybersecurity

  • Electrical Technology

  • Emergency Medical Technology

  • Health Coding Specialist

  • Information Technology

  • Medical Assistant/Billing

  • Nursing Assistant Training

  • Paramedic/EMT

  • Pharmacy Technician

  • Sound Recording Technology

  • Welding


Trade Programs Offered:

  • Advanced Manufacturing

  • Automotive Technology

  • CAD Technology

  • Culinary Arts

  • Electrical Technology

  • FireFighter/Paramedic

  • Fitness Center Mgmt


  • Industrial Sewing

  • Information Technology

  • Machine Tool Technology

  • Plumbing and Pipefitting

  • Respiratory Therapist

  • Welding

Oakland Community


Trade Programs Offered:

  • ​Automotive Technology

  • CAD: Vehicle Design

  • Computer Aided Design

  • Construction Management

  • Culinary Arts

  • Dental Hygiene

  • Graphic Design

  • Interior Design

  • Information Technology

  • Healthcare Administration

  • Paralegal

  • Restaurant Mgmt

  • Veterinary Technician

  • Welding

Jackson College


Trade Programs Offered:

  • 3D Design and Animation

  • Advance Manufacturing

  • Agriculture Technology

  • Cloud "Big Data" Networking

  • Computer Networking

  • Cybersecurity

  • Digital Photograph

  • Electrician

  • Energy Systems

  • Medical Billing

  • Radiography

  • Software Engineering

Macomb Community


Trade Programs Offered:

  • Automotive Technology

  • Community Leadership

  • Construction technology

  • Culinary Arts

  • Electronic Engineering

  • Electrical Technology

  • Emergency Medical Services

  • Global Chain Supply

  • Hospitality Mgmt


  • Information Technolog

  • Marine Technician

  • Paralegal

  • Personal Fitness Training

  • Restaurant Mgmt

  • Website Programming

  • Welding

Skilled Trade Program Opportunities

The table below shows an overview of the programs available in Metro Detroit. This table includes the quick access information you need to know for enrollment, cost, program lengths and eligibility!

(Updated regularly)

Skilled Trade Programs Representatives

If you have a trade program that is not listed or the information provided needs to be updated, please use the "add/update" link below to update your school/program's information.


If you would like to be included on citywide efforts educating families about postsecondary options use "join network" link below.

Schools and Programs

Below you will find more detailed information about enrollment for each school and programs listed, as well as fliers/marketing for opportunities available to you! Click on the links below that you are interested in learning more about. Each document can be downloaded and saved for future reference. 

Construction & Skilled Trades


Information Technology



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