Become a Trained IT Professional

We provide free workforce information technology and cybersecurity certification training to youth and young adults in underserved communities.

IT Workforce Career Training at no Cost.

Our Mission

We provide community development through IT Workforce Development. We offer underserved youth in Baltimore IT training to help propel them out of a cycle of poverty into meaningful employment in the Baltimore tech workforce.

Advancing the promise of workforce tech equity…

A+ Certification

Network + Certification

Cybersecurity Certification

FOCUS Student in class training
CompTIA A+ certified professionals are proven, problem solvers. They support today’s core technologies from security to cloud to data management and more. CompTIA A+ is the industry standard for launching IT careers into today’s digital world. 
FOCUS Student studying network design
CompTIA Network+ helps develop a career in IT infrastructure covering troubleshooting, configuring, and managing networks. CompTIA Network+ validates the technical skills needed to securely establish, maintain and troubleshoot the essential networks that businesses rely on.
FOCUS Student in class training
CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) is an IT workforce certification that applies behavioral analytics to networks and devices to prevent, detect and combat cybersecurity threats through continuous security monitoring.

Our Latest Success Story

One of our students, Miss Lucky Long, completed our program in March 2022. She received a job offer to work as a Helpdesk Technician for $70K/year.

Miss Lucky contracted COVID-19 at the beginning of this class session and had to quarantine for two weeks. She lost her job and has had other traumatic events happen to her in her lifetime.

During her absence from class because of COVID-19 her classmates consoled her and treated her like family.  They encouraged her to hang in there during the darkest moments. They bought her food and stayed on Zoom with her during study sessions so that she could get caught up with her studies. She was able to catch up when she returned because as she says, “I wanted to turn my dreams into reality.”  

She says her life has had a lot of bad and good. But always knew she had to keep trying to fulfill her purpose in life. She has gone from making under $30K/year as a clerk to making $70K/year as a technology professional. She looks forward to giving back to FOCUS, she says, and hopes to encourage “people like me to join the program and change their lives forever.”



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