Bridging the gap between education and economic opportunity

+135,000 adults over the age of 25 in Detroit do not have a high school diploma.

There is a significant middle-skilled talent shortage across skilled trades, healthcare, and retail/hospitality.

 Local workforce agencies are in need of scalable, affordable training solutions.

Penn Foster provides a better way to upskill, enabling economic mobility for learners while helping employers & workforce organizations fuel a 
next-generation talent pipeline.

Making an Impact in Detroit

"Now that I took the initiative to go back to school and get my diploma I have an opportunity to further my education and have a more successful life." - Tashanya A., Dorsey Schools
"[Penn Foster is] giving me access to a higher salary and standard of living." - Ronald J., UAW-Ford
"I can apply for any job I want and now I am trying to pursue my career in the medical field." -Ronell W., Dorsey Schools
The Detroit Skills Academy

Providing Detroit Communities with Workforce & Educational Opportunities

The customizable Detroit Skills Academy aims to provide the city’s traditionally underserved communities of opportunity youth and underemployed adults through valuable credentials, service, and delivery. The online, self-paced academy is fully scalable and delivered on an interactive, mobile-friendly platform. With robust academic support, coaching, and mentoring services, learners are provided with skills training across in-demand fields that foster wage gains and improve job placements. 

Get started upskilling your learners today! Click the button below to request more information.

Upskill Academy
Academy Program Offerings

Foundational Skills

Business English, Industrial Math, MS Office, Blueprint Reading, Safety, Digital Literacy, Reading Skills, and more!


Bookkeeping, Administrative Assistant, Small Business Management, Law & Legal Terminology, and more!


Machinist, Welding, Tool & Die, Quality Control, Front Line Supervisor, Production Basics, and more!


Medical Billing & Coding, Caregiver Skills, Medical Terminology, Pharmacy Technician, Home Health Aide, and more!

Retail & Hospitality

Retail Supervisor, Guest Services Agent, Hotel & Restaurant Management, Travel & Tourism Specialist, Retail Management, and more!

Building & Construction Trades

HVAC Repair, Plumbing, Pipefitting, Hand & Power Tools, Practical Instruments, Drafting, and more! 

Skills Forward: Detroit Event


Thanks for joining us at the Detroit Club!

At Skills Forward: Detroit, the Detroit Club was buzzing with conversation on the future of work and how best to bridge education and economic opportunity. At Penn Foster, we are continuing this conversation and working with a network of business and community organizations to help develop a strong talent pipeline in Detroit.

If you weren't able to make the Skills Forward event, but would like to learn more about our initiative, read: 

About Penn Foster

Penn Foster is a leading talent development organization empowering youth and adult learners with economic mobility while helping employers address talent shortages. In partnership with hundreds of leading employers, community-based organizations and academic institutions, Penn Foster serves nearly 200,000 learners each year developing skills and earning credentials for today’s high demand middle-skilled occupations. Penn Foster’s digital and blended learning programs are delivered in a self-paced model along with personalized support and coaching.

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To learn more about Upskill Detroit, contact us today.