Automation Workz Institute is an intersection of an A-team and 100+ years of experience gathered to bring our students an A+ experience.

Meet Our Team

Kevin Hill
Chief Operating Officer
Patricia Sanford
VP, Academics
Mark Kreitler
VP, Innovation
Bethany Collins
VP, Cultural Insights

Our History

Automation Workz Institute began a a pilot program of Uplift, Inc. 12/27/2017 as Automation Workz 4 U. Uplift, Inc. is a non-profit idea incubator that researches and experiment with ideas to improve the economic mobility of urban residents.

Uplift, Inc. set out to determine if native Detroit residents werce interested in learning high tech subjets such as the Internet of Things, Network Engineering and Cybersecurity. The goal is to usher diverse populations into high -tech careers

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.

On October 8, 2019, Automation Workz Institute begins its first tuition funded cohort.


May 18, 2019 Graduating Cohort at Parkman Detroit Public Library

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

Our Governing Board