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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to live in the District of Columbia to participate in the HOPE Project?
A: Yes, we recently decided to focus our attention on DC residents.

Q:  How much does it cost to participate in the HOPE Project?
A:  The HOPE Project is a free program.  Although we do expect all of our students to volunteer.

Q:  What's the age limit to apply?
A:  You must be at least 18.  

Q:  Do I need a High School Diploma or GED to apply?
A:  Yes you will need to have a High School Diploma or GED to apply.

Q:  I'm a returning citizen, can I apply?
A: Absolutely, we encourage you to apply.  Some of our most successful graduates are returning citizens.

Q:  What's the training schedule?
A:  Class meets twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and one Saturday a month.  Class starts promptly at 6:30pm and ends at 9:30pm.  Saturday classes are held from 10am until 3:00pm.

Q:  When does the program start?
A:  Class nomraly begins in begins in September although we do offer special summer sessions.

Q:  Can I really get a job making $35,000 a year without a college degree and no previous help desk experience?
A:  Yes, there are lots graduates that have done it.  Visit the student success page on this website.

Q:  Does a HOPE Project student really make $66,000 a year, after working in a liquor store?
A:  Yes, his name is Brandon Craig, he also has earned 6 certifications in less than 2 years.

Q:  I'm only 18. Will someone hire me with very little work experience?
A:  Yes they will, we have several 18, 19 and 20 year old students who work for HP Enterprise Services.

Q:  Do you guarantee jobs to graduates?
A:  Absolutely not.  It's illegal for a training provider or program to guarantee employment.  We will guarantee that when you graduate you will be qualified for an entry level help desk position.

Q:  Do you have any attendance rules?
A:  Yes we do, students can only miss 2 days during each phase.  Each phase is 2 months.

Q:  What companies have hired HOPE Project graduates?
A:  Lots, MIL Corporation, HP Enterprise Services, Global Support Services, DMI Inc., FWG Solutions.  Visit the student success page for list of additional companies.

Q:  Where is the HOPE Project?
A:  Our training facility is on Capitol Hill, 1325 D St. SE Washington DC 20003.  2 blocks from the Potomac Ave. Metro Station.

Q:  Do you have a Job Developer?
A:  Nope, and we don't need one.  Our students are so skilled that once they post their profiles online, they get calls from companies and recruiters.

Q:  Who started the HOPE Project and why?
A:  The founder and administrator is Raymond Bell. Visit his website for more information. www.raymondbell.com

Q:  Can I apply without attending the Information Session?
A:  Nope, you can only become a HOPE Project student if you attend the Information Session.

Q:  Do you give stipends?
A:  Nope, we would never pay someone to attend the HOPE Project.

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