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.