Partnership puts Detroit school to work

Dec 19, 2016 by

A new collaborative effort seeks to triple the number of students at one of the city’s vocational high schools

The foundation for building a broader middle class in Detroit is being laid by the city’s business leaders and Mayor Mike Duggan, who hope to turn a long neglected vocational school into a jobs factory.

The collaboration is working with the Detroit Public Schools Community District to attack the gap between employers looking for skilled trades workers and residents who lack the training for the good-paying jobs being created in the city.

Finishing touches are being made on the plan, which includes enrolling 300 high school students at Randolph Career and Technical Center starting next fall. About 100 students are currently in programs at the school that once trained 700.

“We want to create a premier technical school and put Detroiters to work,” says David Meador, vice chairman and chief administrative officer of DTE Energy.

Meador and Cindy Pasky, CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions, head the city’s Workforce Development Board and were charged by the mayor to boost skills training in the city. They turned their attention to Randolph.

Source: Jacques: Partnership puts Detroit school to work

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