DTE Energy announced today that it is launching the DTE/IBEW Tree Trim Academy at 7800 Pierson in Detroit.
The academy is the result of a partnership between DTE, the city of Detroit, Focus: HOPE, Detroit at Work, and IBEW Local 17.
Officials at a press conference announcing the academy, say they expect to train and graduate 60 tree trimmers this year and create 200 jobs that can pay more than $100,000 per year by 2024.
The DTE Tree Trim Academy will offer a six-week Line Clearance Tree Trimming training program to equip graduates with career-readiness preparation, safety training, and tree trimming skills needed to move into IBEW Local 17’s apprenticeship program pipeline.
Too often, officials say, job opportunities are unreachable because of high barriers to entry that disproportionately affect underserved communities. In its part of the program, Focus: HOPE is offering wraparound services to help break down these barriers. This includes child care, transportation, internet access.
For more information and to apply for the program, visit here.