Entries by Stephen Tait

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 […]

6 things to do (or not do) at career fairs

For Michiganders, fall is an important season. There’s apple picking, football and scenic drives through leaf country. And, for those about to earn a degree, there’s job hunting. Korina Kasperek, supervisor of employment strategy at DTE Energy, said the next few months is among the most important times for college and high school students to […]

Raising the bar at Randolph Career Technical Center

When Jay Williams roams the halls of Detroit’s Randolph Career Technical Center these days, the 39-year-old project manager often wears a hard hat, high-visibility vest and safety glasses. It wasn’t always that way. Twenty-five years ago — before becoming a father and being able to grow the robust beard that now adorns his face — […]

In golf, valuable lessons for student interns

Dennis Bolden had never golfed before grabbing some clubs last week and heading out to a grassy area in the middle of Detroit. Bolden, who recently graduated from Cody High School in Detroit and plans to attend Henry Ford College this fall to learn more about skilled trades, said golf was a sport he considered […]