Center for Excellence

Spirit of Detroit


The International Institute is a "one-stop shop" for new immigrant and non-immigrant Metro Detroit residents to provide a multi-level pathway to success and self-sufficiency. For information, contact Wojciech Zolnowski at (313) 871-8600 Ext. 241 or

International Institute Services:

  • Immigrant Legal Services - our team of immigration attorneys and professionals to assist in the legal process toward U.S citizenship
  • Citizenship Classes
  • GED Classes
  • ESL Classes (see below)
  • Financial Literacy Classes
  • History of Detroit Series - for new immigrants and long-time Detroiters or anyone interested in learning Detroit area history
  • Vocational Training

Job Resource Program - Started February, 2012 - in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the City of Detroit, and continuing in 2013 by the United Way, for unemployed Metro Detroit residents (new immigrants as well as long-time residents) - job readiness program, English as a Second Language classes, G.E.D. classes, vocational classes, financial literacy, computer training, resume writing and interview skills, bus routes information, individual counseling, etc. All Job Resource Program classes are free of charge (except commercial sewing). For information, contact Robert E. Sullivan, Jr. at (313) 871-8600 x 229 or  . To be eligible for this jobs program, you must be at least 18 years of age. You must be unemployed or underemployed. You must be a United States citizen or eligible to legally work in the U.S. with a valid green card or valid work visa.

  • ESL Classes:

(Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 2:35 PM)

  • GED Class:

(Mondays - Thursdays, 4 - 7 P.M.)

  • Job Readiness and Money Management Workshops:               Nov 4, Dec 2, 2014

(12:30 PM - 3:30 PM)

  • Career Development Individual Counseling:                      Mondays - Fridays 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM by appointment
  •  Vocational Training:                     Carpentry, Electrical, Commercial Sewing
  • Jobs Bulletin Board                      - listing job openings, job fairs, and useful information for job seekers