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Skilled Trades and Career Pathways

Careers in the Skilled Trades are some of the fastest growing jobs in Detroit and many of these industries will have more job openings than they can fill in the near future. Knowing where to begin when looking to start a career in the Skilled Trades can be confusing, but DCAN is here to help! On this page we have gathered information from a variety of our partners on the programs, training and education they offer. For more general information on the Skilled Trades in Detroit feel free to explore the links below!

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DCAN Partners

Golightly Career Technical Center offers courses to DPSCD students in Information Technology,
Flight Training and Aviation Technology, Graphics & Printing Technology, Hospitality & Food Services, Baking & Pastry Arts and Welding & Cutting

Serve Foundation

Serve Detroit operates as a 10-week electrician pre-apprenticeship program 3 times a year with cohorts of 3-5 students. The program runs Monday through Thursday from 8am-4:30 PM. Serve Detroit operates out of Life Remodeled’s Durfee Innovation Society at 2470 Collingwood, Detroit. 

Students wishing to be chosen for Serve Detroit must be residents of Detroit.

ISAIC

The Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center offers a 200 hour - about 6 weeks - apprenticeship program through Henry Ford College in Dearborn. Upon completion students are eligible for an entry level industrial sewing job, including ISAIC's paid apprenticeship program!

Volunteers of America Michigan

 HPOG, is an innovative approach in providing education, training, support services, and job placement in the healthcare industry for hundreds of residents in Detroit and Wayne County. HPOG looks for participants nearing the end of receiving welfare benefits, with a focus on single moms with young children, and an additional focus on veterans. 

Randolph CTC

Randolph Career Technical Center offers training for DPSCD students in Masonry, HVACR, Carpentry, Plumbing and Pipefitting, Computer Aided Drafting and Design Technology, Construction Electricity, Marketing, Painting and Decorating, and Welding for Construction Trades. There also offer adult education in the evenings!

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Community College Pathways

Many of the community colleges in and around Detroit offer a variety of training programs in the skilled trades from short term certificates to associate's degrees!

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  • Advanced Manufacturing

  • Automotive Technology

  • Culinary Arts

  • Electrical Technology

  • HVACR

  • Information Technology

  • Plumbing and Pipefitting

  • Welding

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  • ​Automotive Technology

  • Computer Aided Design

  • Construction Management

  • Information Technology

  • Healthcare Administration

  • Welding

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  • ​Automotive Technology

  • Dental Assisting

  • Information Technology

  • Healthcare Certificates

  • HVACR

  • Welding

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  • Automotive Technology

  • Construction technology

  • Electrical Technology

  • Emergency Medical Services

  • HVACR

  • Information Technology

  • Welding

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  • Advanced Manufacturing

  • Computer Aided Design

  • Culinary Arts

  • Electrical Technology

  • Emergency Medical Technology

  • Information Technology

  • Nursing Assistant Training

  • Welding

Documents and Resources

Printable Handouts and Flyers

Career Planning Tips and Tools for Students

Career Exploration Resources

Job Outlooks for SE Michigan

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