“What made me love it so much was the people at their jobs, they love their jobs. And that made me love the job, too.”

That’s William Palmer, one of about 500 high school and college students who worked at DTE Energy during the summer, describing his experience on the job. Palmer is one of 60 students who worked in the Summer Youth Program, which was launched in June with the goal of hiring students from Detroit Public School Community District.

It was a unique opportunity for the students, who had the choice to work in a skilled trades position or in an office/professional job. We talked to four of the students about the experience, what they learned and what they have planned for the future in the video below.

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