Entries by Stephen Tait

GDYT looks to employ 8,000 Detroit youth

When Dominick Williams looks back on his summer job from last year, he doesn’t think of the early mornings or the challenging work. Instead, he thinks of the fun. “It was unexpected how much fun I’d actually have,” the 19-year-old said of his summer job with DTE Energy. “I honestly underestimated it because I heard […]

The brains behind the robots: Amari Morgan

Amari Morgan is a senior at Cass Technical High School in Detroit — and one of the thousands of Michigan students who are the brains behind the robots built for FIRST Robotics competitions. FIRST Robotics is a worldwide organization that encourages students to pursue education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Each […]

Textbooks now; a career (and maybe some shoes) later

Sitting in class at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Dy’Ante Murphy opened a text book — filled with industrial and residential blue prints — and turned to a person next to him. “This book cost more than any pair of shoes I’ve ever bought,” he said with a laugh and shake of the head. “Two-hundred […]

Volunteering as a new employee is ‘a great career moment’

It was Marsonnett Posey’s fourth month on the job when DTE Energy sent her back to preschool. Posey, who works in customer service, found herself back at Durfee Elementary in Detroit as part of the PowerUp program, the company’s comprehensive onboarding initiative for new employees. As part of the experience, employees like Posey get the […]

DTE employees look to inspire at Find Your Future Fair

Brian Davenport, a 14-year-old Detroiter, stood gripping a long yellow stick, facing a fuse on a mock electrical pole. “You’re the worker now, use the stick,” said Keith Burgess, a DTE Energy cable splicer to Davenport. The teenager used the Murphy stick — a pole with a special hook on the end — to pull […]

Mom, nuclear instructor, soldier: titles of a modern woman

Audrey Brown is a mom, a nuclear instructor and a soldier. Each of those titles hold their own special meaning and importance for Brown, who works as a senior nuclear instructor at DTE Energy’s nuclear power plant, Fermi 2. Earlier this week, as Veterans Day approached, we sat down with Brown to talk about her […]

Anderson: proud to lead ‘such generous people’

With a small doll dressed in a white top and gray slacks displayed in front of him, Gerry Anderson on Friday listened as dignitary after dignitary praised the positive work DTE Energy is doing southeast Michigan. “Great things are happening (in Detroit),” Sen. Debbie Stabenow said. “And DTE and Gerry Anderson are a big part […]

Students tour facilities with a career on their minds

When Korey Danbridge first walked into one of DTE Energy’s natural gas service centers last week, he thought getting energy to homes and businesses was a simple task. Then the 17-year-old River Rouge High School senior toured the Melvindale facility and learned about all that goes into getting natural gas and electricity to Michiganders. “I […]

Careers in Energy Week: hands-on tours give students hope

Dianna Jones is a teacher at Lighthouse Academy in Kentwood, on Michigan’s west side. It’s a unique school: the academy is largely made up of students who were expelled or on long-term suspensions from other schools. The school’s founder opened the school to give students a second chance at an education. Next week, during Michigan’s […]

DTE looking for best and brightest — across the state, country

Sometimes, employee recruiting outreach manager Alicia Harris’s life is like that Johnny Cash song “Everywhere”: she’s been to Kalamazoo, Mount Pleasant, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ann Arbor, Minnesota, Cobo Center, Warren, Ypsilanti, Grand Rapids, Detroit. She’s an “everywhere” recruiter. And she often brings a team of DTE Energy employees who volunteer their time to seek out the […]