Compassion-Centered Training Develops Patient-Centered Caregivers

Apprenticeship Institute, with partner Michigan Career and Technical Institute, offered two free Certified Nurse Aide classes in Detroit.  They were so successful we’re happy to announce the continuation of this training for 2019!

Twenty students participated in this intensive ten-week program designed to prepare students for professional employment as Certified Nurse Aides.  Students received soft skills training, classroom instruction, and hands-on laboratory skills before participating in a clinical on-the-job experience to prepare them for the workplace.

Several participants were parents of children at Hutchinson Middle School in need of training and employment.

We are thrilled to report that all of program participants are successfully working in their field, and the parents are providing additional stability in the home and to their children.

Our Students Say…..

“I liked school because it was a good and new experience for me and I always wanted to work in the medical field. It taught me to work better as a team. I liked the school because my class encouraged each other to do better. It was a good opportunity to grow and to better yourself. You can excel in any job with proper training and dedication.” ~ S.L.

“I liked school because it was an opportunity to learn and grow. It helped me better myself and to be able to provide more for my children. And because my daughter saw what I did and what I learned, she decided to take the class herself!” ~ L.A. 

“I loved this class. I’ve been trying to get into the medical field for years now and I’ve finally gotten it. It’s everything I wanted and our instructor is such a great teacher.  And I believe that this class should go on to give other people a chance.  I wanted a change of career. That’s why I chose this class. It’s GREAT!” ~ Ms. Brown

“I really liked this CNA class. One reason why I appreciate this class is because it is 10 weeks long.  The class being ten weeks long was a plus because once the class was over, I was confident that I could pass the State tests….Another reason why I like the class is that it coincided with my children’s school hours.  When my children didn’t have school, neither did I and for us with young ones, that is truly a blessing.” ~ BTC

“This was a good experience.  I’m glad I had the chance to be in the first class.  Seeing everything and getting hands-on experience. I loved how well the class is instructed and organized. Everything was provided – scrubs, shoes, and equipment.”
~ A. Homesly

In Appreciation

2018 was a year of growth and knowledge-building for Apprenticeship Institute. We collaborated with a variety of outstanding non-profits from whom we learned a great deal. We look forward to continued partnership in working together toward a better future for Detroit residents.

Our Deep Gratitude is Extended To:

Detroit Public Schools Community District and Hutchinson Middle School for graciously hosting the CNA program in their building.

DHHS Pathways to Potential Success Coaches for working diligently to identify and inform participants.

Michigan Career and Technical Institute for trusting Apprenticeship Institute to deliver their high-quality programming and be their Detroit representative.

Michigan Rehabilitative Services for providing the screening services and funding for many of our students.

Center for Community Based Enterprises for their assistance in learning about developing worker cooperatives for each of our programs.

Coalition on Temporary Shelter and Federation of Youth Services for acting as primary grant applicants and all the work included in the grant application process.

What’s Next

We are working on a variety of new apprenticeships, worker cooperatives, and summer programs for 2019.

Summer-Youth Programming targeting graduating high school seniors and students with truancy histories will be offered in partnership with Employment Advocacy Group in fields such as landscaping, culinary, caregiving, and construction. Summer youth programming is designed to be the first step toward a paid apprenticeship.

Pre-Vocational Training is now a component of our apprenticeships.  Participants receive readiness training to prepare them for success in their apprenticeships. Pre-vocational training varies based on the knowledge and skills necessary for success. Curriculum is specifically targeted to each apprenticeship program. For example, CNA candidates will receive math review,  begin learning medical terminology and participate in conflict resolution training while Construction Craft Laborer laborer candidates will review measurements and fractions, soft skills training, and job site safety.

New Apprenticeships are being designed in a variety of fields. 

Construction Craft Laborer – Construction laborers are familiar with the duties of other craft workers and with the materials, tools, and machinery they use. Often working as part of a team with other skilled craft workers, construction laborers carry out a variety of assigned constructions tasks such as site preparation and cleanup, material handling, and basic carpentry.



Culinary – In partnership with Detroit area restaurants, AI is developing a Certified Fundamentals Cook apprenticeship. This year-long program will prepare participants to begin a family-sustaining culinary career.




Tree Trimming – In partnership with the Davey Tree Experts Company, Apprenticeship Institute will begin offering tree care pre-apprenticeship programming.  Successful participants will be fed into Davey’s apprenticeship program.





Landscaping – Apprenticeship Institute is developing a landscaping program targeted for late 2019.


2018 Newsletter
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