Skilled Trades and Careers

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!

DCAN Partners

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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

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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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 Also known as 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. Our staff supports our participants and their families to ensure successful completion of healthcare training programs and positive retention of meaningful employment. 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. The goals include 250 enrollments and 150 living wage job placements per year.

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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!

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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.

Check out information below to learn more about our partners in the skilled trades and the training opportunities they offer!

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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Henry Ford College

  • Advanced Manufacturing

  • Automotive Technology

  • Culinary Arts

  • Electrical Technology

  • HVACR

  • Information Technology

  • Plumbing and Pipefitting

  • Welding

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Wayne County Community College District

  • ​Automotive Technology

  • Dental Assisting

  • Information Technology

  • Healthcare Certificates

  • HVACR

  • Welding

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Maccomb Community College

  • Automotive Technology

  • Construction technology

  • Electrical Technology

  • Emergency Medical Services

  • HVACR

  • Information Technology

  • Welding

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Schoolcraft College

  • Advanced Manufacturing

  • Computer Aided Design

  • Culinary Arts

  • Electrical Technology

  • Emergency Medical Technology

  • Information Technology

  • Nursing Assistant Training

  • Welding

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Oakland Community College

  • ​Automotive Technology

  • Computer Aided Design

  • Construction Management

  • Information Technology

  • Healthcare Administration

  • Welding

Additional Resources

"Career Planning Tips and Tools for Students"

"Job Outlooks for SE Michigan"

"Career Exploration Resources

Detroit College Access Network

1 Woodward Ave, Suite 1900, Detroit, MI 48226

info@detroitcan.org  |  Tel: 313-600-1827

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