Spending a summer vacation at your high school may not sound appealing to many students, but for 38 Cody High School students, it was a way to gain work experience, make money and get exposure to a variety of energy careers. The second year of DTE’s IMPACT program wrapped up in August, with improvements made to Cody and the surrounding neighborhood. 

IMPACT students worked with five college peer mentors and three DTE alumni mentors on projects around Cody High School this summer. The mentors guided them through daily safety messages and stretching before getting to the business at hand—a checklist of projects at the school. 

IMPACT students learn about Skilled Trades at the Training and Development Center

The students landscaped, cleaned out classrooms and the basement, painted inspirational quotes on walls and installed energy efficient lighting. In addition to these projects, the students learned how to act in a work environment, and they were given opportunities to learn about different career options, including visits to our Monroe Power Plant, O’Shea Solar Array, and Training and Development Center. 

IMPACT is truly a community effort, with donations and volunteer hours from many of our suppliers and partners, including IBEW Local 58, Caniff Electric and Dan’s Excavating. 

Because of our volunteers, 316 fluorescent lights 58 metal-halide fixtures were replaced with LED bulbsThanks to this effort, Cody High could see $13,478 in energy savings, with a possible energy rebate of $4,000.  

IMPACT is funded through the DTE Foundation and run through the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation. 

See what the students accomplished and learned in the video below.