The future for Detroiters and the city’s employers just got brighter.
We all know Detroit’s long-term growth depends on creating jobs and preparing residents to do them. A $1 million investment by Quicken Loans and Bedrock in the Breithaupt Career and Technical Center will help do that.
Breithaupt offers many technology-based, hand-on education options in culinary arts, retail and hospitality; automotive service and collision repair, and mechatronics and welding.
The school currently has 450 students and expects to grow to more than 650 students as a result of this investment. Over the next three years, Breithaupt will serve more than 2,000 youth and adults seeking skilled trades training and career pathways.
The investment also is a boon to tenants renting from Bedrock, which develops, leases, finances, and manages commercial and residential buildings in Detroit.
“Our tenants have a strong need for people who have culinary arts, retail and hospitality skills, and Bedrock’s investment in Breithaupt will help build a pipeline of talent for Detroit’s growing economy,” says Jim Ketai, CEO, Bedrock. “Every tenant in our portfolio will benefit from gaining access to job candidates like those that graduate from Breithaupt.”
Interested families and students seeking enrollment information should contact the Breithaupt Career and Technical School at 313-866-9550.
The $1 million investment kicks off the City of Detroit’s efforts to raise $9 million to revitalize the school’s training programs and infrastructure over the next three years. It is the first major contribution to the project, a partnership between Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC), the City of Detroit and Mayor Mike Duggan’s Workforce Development Board.
“Employment opportunities are continuing to expand in Detroit, and we need to make sure every Detroiter has access to job training and career pathways,” says Mayor Mike Duggan. “That’s why I am so excited about this investment in Breithaupt and in the City’s other career technical education centers.”
Breithaupt will be the second of Detroit’s career technical education schools to be revitalized. Randolph Career and Technical Center recently underwent a similar $10 million renovation, adding programs and replacing old equipment. Today, more than 300 high school students attend training programs at Randolph during the day in fields such as electrical, plumbing and masonry. More than 300 adults train in the same fields after school.
“The transformation of Randolph and the district’s ability to collaborate and implement effectively with business partners has inspired new projects and opportunities for schools, students, and economic development,” says Nikolai VittiVitti, DPSCD superintendent. “Detroit is seeing unprecedented cooperation between the district, city and business community to develop the next generation of talented employees.”
The efforts are part of the Detroit at Work program, which connects Detroiters directly to jobs and training programs open today. There are currently more than 5,000 jobs and 100 training programs listed at DetroitatWork.com, many in high-growth sectors of healthcare, IT, construction, transportation, manufacturing, retail, hospitality and entertainment.
Quicken Loans and Bedrock will be joined by other partners in the effort to revitalize the school, including DTE Energy, Penske Corporation, General Motors and Ford Motor Company, with more to join as the effort gets under way.
— Lead photo shows students in Breithaupt’s culinary training program.
— Photos from Breithaupt and Randolph websites