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About Us

We love what we do, and we do what we love!


Automation Workz Institute began as a Cisco Networking Academy 12/27/2017 as Automation Workz 4 U set out to determine if native Detroit residents were interested in learning high tech career training in the Internet of Things, Network Engineering and Cybersecurity.

As Cisco Networking Academy, we registered 757 students for our FREE classes held at 4 Detroit Public Library branches.

March 2019, we changed our name to Automation Workz Institute. On May 18, 2019 we celebrated our first graduating cohort. Four brave souls – Tasha Gardner, Seath Johnson, Dara Price-Vance and Tracey Woodard completed the course work to sit for the CCENT exam.

On May 28, 2019, Automation Workz Institute received it Michigan State License as a stand alone post-secondary vocational school and then Workforce Development approval.

On January 11, 2020, Automation Workz Institute begins its first tuition funded cohort.

Graduating Cohort at Parkman Detroit Public Library

(Left to Right) Tasha Gardner, Seath Johnson, Ida Byrd-Hill (CEO, AWI) Tracey Woodard, Dara Price-Vance