education & employment

The DTE Energy Foundation supports programs that provide hands-on, real-world education and job opportunities that prepare and motivate underserved youth and adults, differently-abled individuals, veterans, returning citizens and other community members. We focus on developing programs for at-risk, disadvantaged youth and transitioning adults to generate opportunities for obtaining sustainable living wage skills-based jobs, while maintaining our support of key STEM initiatives. Through our support, organizations across the state are developing a talent pipeline that creates career pathways and provides a bright future for individuals in need.

Priority will be given to organizations or initiatives that:

  • Assist participants in obtaining new occupational skills or educational credentials
  • Connect individuals to sustainable living-wage employment
  • Provide programs that expose young people to skills-based careers
  • Provide participants an opportunity to improve skills in a related STEM discipline

Detroit dance instructor, Ann Arbor music teacher earn Educator of the Year awards

Recognized for their excellence in youth arts education, teachers from a high school in Detroit and an elementary school in Ann Arbor are the 2018 DTE Energy Foundation Educators of the Year.

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Randolph Career Technical Center

For generations, an abundance of skilled tradespeople in southeast Michigan built the region into a manufacturing powerhouse. In recent decades, economic downturns evaporated the trades talent pool, pushing electricians, plumbers, carpenters, pipefitters, machinists, millwrights, welders, and others to jobs elsewhere in the nation. Currently, more than half of Detroit’s youth and adult populations are unemployed, outside the workforce and not in school, isolated by a lack of market-demand skills. Meanwhile, 3,100 jobs open every year in area construction and manufacturing.

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Greening of Detroit

The Greening of Detroit inspires sustainable growth of a healthy urban community through trees, green spaces, healthy living, education, training and job opportunities. The DTE Energy Foundation supports the organization’s mission to provide a greener tomorrow for Detroit and invested in its workforce programs. It provided summer jobs to 20 Detroit youth in 2017 and supported a workforce development program at Greening of Detroit in which 160 under-employed Detroiters are now learning green services trades including urban agriculture and forestry through the Detroit Conservation Corps program.

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Monroe Community College

Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College’s (MCCC) 210-acre main campus is centrally located in Monroe County with easy access to Detroit and Toledo. MCCC offers more than 34 degrees, 28 certificates, and abundant transfer programs for students. Additionally, 73 percent of the full-time teaching and counseling faculty have earned graduate degrees, and 21 percent have earned post-graduate degrees.

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Mercy Education Adult ESL

Mercy Education Project provides a caring, supportive learning environment for low-income women and girls who have experienced educational challenges. The organization’s intensive, curriculum-based tutoring and small classrooms approach improves outcomes and helps girls and women experience educational success, become confident, more hopeful and better equips them to face future challenges with determination and future successes with pride.

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Henry Ford College

Established in 1938, Henry Ford College (HFC) offers classes on two campuses in Dearborn, Mich. HFC has show continued growth, adding top-quality academic programs spanning the spectrum of the arts, sciences, technology, education, health, humanities, business, and of course, workforce training. HFC is dedicated to preparing students for a rapidly changing world and workplace by offering more than 165 associate degrees, certificates, university-transfer, and career programs. Additionally, the College offers a bachelor’s degree in science in culinary arts, as well as 3 + 1 programs with university partners.

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After 26 Project

The After 26 Project operates a successful café/unique gift shop in the community and employ special needs adults (Project Workers,) as well as non-handicapped job coaches, cooks, wait staff, and managers. Currently, After 26 has 35 employees – 24 of whom are special needs – and the project has given them an opportunity to prove their worth, and develop a work history.

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2018 Application calendar
All giving areas

All giving areas
Application period: January 22- February 2
Decision made: May 25, 2018

All giving areas 
Application period: April 23 – May 4
Decision made: August 10, 2018

All giving areas 
Application period: July 23 – August 3
Decision made: November 16, 2018

All giving areas 
Application period: October 22 – November 2
Decision made: February 8, 2019

2019 New application calendar
Education & employment 

Application period

Application period 

Review & decision



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