Marcus Guerguis, an intern who worked in DTE Energy’s Tax department last summer, has fond memories of his job experience.

“My co-workers at DTE were easy to get along with and I have only good things to say of my time with DTE,” said Guerguis, a young man gaining experience in corporate America who just happens to have autism.

Our outreach to young people with disabilities is one of the reasons DTE Energy is being honored with the Apex Outstanding Employer Award.  The award recognizes our company’s deep commitment to inclusion and diversity in hiring, training and talent development. The award also honors our company for creating a culture rich with diverse perspectives, backgrounds, skills and abilities.

One example of our commitment is our partnership with Detroit Public Schools in the Project SEARCH Collaborative, a unique program aimed at helping students with significant disabilities in their last year of high school successfully transition to productive adult lives.

DTE Energy is also a major supporter of the Autism Alliance of Michigan.

“Individuals with autism have the potential to contribute significant skills and talents to the workforce, but often they are not given the same opportunities many of us take for granted,” said Dave Meador, vice chairman and chief administrative officer of DTE Energy, and chairman and co-founder of the Autism Alliance of Michigan.

“With the right structure – at home and in the workplace – impacted individuals can contribute significantly to the workplace and lead full, meaningful lives.  We’re focused on creating these opportunities for impacted individuals throughout Michigan and providing the opportunity to maximize their potential.”

The Apex Award will be presented to DTE Energy on Thursday, Nov. 3, during the “re: Con” convention in Traverse City to engage people committed to removing barriers, restarting lives and restoring community.