Entries by Stephen Tait

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 […]

Meet Asia, an intern with college on the mind

DTE Energy will hire about 850 student interns to work at the company this year — and about 500 of those high school and college students are working at the company this summer. One of them is Asia Harris, 18. Asia is part of DTE’s newest student hiring initiative called the Summer Youth Program. That […]

Revitalizing skilled trades at Detroit’s Randolph School

While kids across the country enjoyed their summer vacations, more than 50 DTE Energy volunteers and skilled laborers from local contracting companies kicked off a major renovation effort at Detroit’s Randolph School. DTE Energy, in cooperation with the Detroit Workforce Development Board and Detroit Public Schools Community District, is lending a hand to help transform […]

Nuclear Fuel Handler: No, I don’t glow

When talking about work, Garrett Keel gets some unusual questions. A common one is: “do you glow?” That’s because Keel works as a nuclear fuel handler at DTE Energy’s Fermi 2 nuclear power plant. That puts Keel in close proximity to the uranium fuel used at the power plant to boil water, make steam and […]