New Degree in Community Leadership

HFC now offers courses toward an associate’s degree in Community Leadership.

HFC developed this program in conjunction with the following partnering organizations:

  • Cody-Rouge Community Action Alliance;
  • Corporation for a Skilled Workforce;
  • Detroit Employment Solutions Corp.;
  • Marygrove College;
  • Southwest Solutions;
  • The University of Michigan—Dearborn; and
  • Urban Neighborhood Initiatives.

The Community Leadership program provides students an academic credential and course of study that prepares them to make a positive impact on their local community. Career opportunities include community development, economic development, and community organizing and policy advocacy. Through this degree program, students learn the skills and develop their talents to become agents of positive, social change in various aspects of their careers and communities.

This program is part of a unique collaboration called the Community Learning Partnership, which is a partnership between HFC and community partners from the non-profit and public sectors in southeast Michigan. All partners in this effort are dedicated to assisting students link their academic experiences to real world opportunities in community leadership.

Students can complete courses toward an associate’s degree in Community Leadership from HFC with a direct pathway into the Community Studies minor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. While at HFC, students receive mentorship experiences from prominent community leaders and will gain practical, hands-on experience through internships and field experiences with local community organizations, nonprofits and government agencies.

Highlights of this program include the following:

  • A course of study that helps students become educated and connected leaders in their communities;
  • Students will be positioned to positively impact their communities through networking and coalition-building with other stakeholders involved in community change;
  • Students will learn to create measurable change in their areas of interest within their communities;
  • The program offers a direct pathway into the Community Change Studies minor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn; and
  • It also offers a direct pathway into a Political Science major, Social Science major, and Sociology minor at Marygrove College in Detroit.

For additional details on the Community Leadership program, please visit You may also contact the following individuals for more information:

  • Dr. Brenda Hildreth, coordinator of Student Outreach & Support, at 313.845.9757, or;
  • Imad Nouri, associate dean of Academic Advising & Counseling at 313.845.9750, or; or
  • Anthony Perry, instructor of Political Science at 313.845.6383, or via email at

For questions regarding applications or admissions steps, please visit, contact the HFC Enrollment Services office at 313.845.6397, or via email at