Lawrence Tech, Focus: HOPE extend partnership

DETROIT — Lawrence Technological University and Focus: HOPE will offer LTU’s new Associate of Science in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology degree at Focus: HOPE’s training center on Oakman Boulevard in Detroit.

The first class will be comprised of 16 students. Upon completing their program, they will be the latest of more than 115 students who have earned Lawrence Tech college degrees since LTU and Focus: HOPE launched their partnership in the early 1990s.

LTU president and CEO Virinder Moudgil and Focus: HOPE CEO William Jones Jr., signed the agreement earlier this month and met with the students, who will also have the additional opportunity to transfer seamlessly to LTU’s bachelor’s degree program upon completion of their associate degree.

In the photo above are Moudgil and Jones just after signing the agreement.

“Focus: HOPE has long provided special opportunities to so many in Detroit,” Moudgil said. “We are very pleased to extend our relationship and provide a valuable and highly marketable degree to these young men and women who are so worthy of investment and greater opportunity.”

Jones added that “the LTU partnership is among the many programs in training and education that are helping students at Focus: HOPE enter the workforce with high levels of skills and competence. We have appreciated the long relationship that Focus: HOPE has had with Lawrence Tech, and we hope it will grow in the future.”

Focus: HOPE,, founded in 1968, is a Detroit-based organization dedicated to intelligent and practical solutions to the problems of hunger, economic disparity, inadequate education, and racial divisiveness.

Lawrence Technological University,, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. The Brookings Institution ranks Lawrence Tech fifth nationwide for boosting graduates’ earning power, PayScale lists it in the nation’s top 10 percent of universities for graduates’ salaries, and U.S. News and World Report places it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus in Southfield, include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

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