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By Evrod Cassimy

“I used to be a makeup artist!” said Detroit Labs apprentice, Nurah Muhammad. “I worked for a well-known makeup company.”

“I was working as a graphic designer and I really was interested in something different, something more challenging,” said Muhammad’s colleague Katie Hoffman.

They’re two people with two completely different backgrounds but they both wanted the same thing: a new career.

“I knew I always wanted to be in the tech world,” said Muhammad.

Muhammad, 38, is also a stay-at-home mom with two girls, ages three and eight. She didn’t know where to begin finding a new line of work.

“My idea was just to see because initially I just did a random Google search,” said Muhammad.

Her search led her to the Detroit Labs apprenticeship program.

“Detroit Labs is a mobile consultancy. We make primarily mobile apps for our clients,” explained Erika Carlson with Detroit Labs.

The only problem, Muhammad and 31 year old Katie Hoffman had no experience making apps but that was okay.

“Our company has a very strong teaching and learning culture already and we thought what if we could translate that into people who have no prior experience making software,” said Carlson.

Muhammad and Hoffman were one of nearly 200 people who applied for this paid eight to 12-week apprenticeship program. Out of the 200, only eight to ten people are selected per class. After a lengthy application process, they got in.

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