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Local Youngsters Learn About Skilled Trades Careers in The District Detroit

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Kids from throughout Metro Detroit were invited to The District Detroit Preview Center on November 19 to see first-hand the construction industry and what skilled trades apprenticeship programs might lead them to a successful career path after high school.

The event was organized by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Olympia Development of Michigan, Plante Moran Cresa and Heritage, The Diggs Group as part of National Apprenticeship Week, an annual campaign organized by the U.S. Department of Labor that focuses on making new employment options available to young people.

Those who attended got a chance to view 3-D printed models of the 50-block area of The District Detroit, watch videos about the exciting new development and hear about how this transformational development is creating careers in the skilled trades industry.

Jatu Gray, a Detroit resident and event organizer from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African America History said she has high hopes that The District Detroit will not only impact the city of Detroit but also the young people that want to live and work here.

“They need to have options of what they can do,” said Gray. “They get a chance to see the stadium and the new buildings that are being built and the fact that they can get into the skilled trades.”

Apprenticeships are an important part of The District Detroit and we’re making a huge effort to help as many people as possible find new career paths in the construction industry. More than 100 future tradesmen and women are currently working on Little Caesars Arena and other developments today—learning and earning skills that will last a lifetime.

“There’s huge potential career paths with this,” said Lisa Pelzer, a parent who attended the event with her child. “You want to be an architect, a carpenter, a craftsperson, you want to live down here—I want them to understand that there are different career paths. I want them to understand that there are a variety of careers that they can choose.”

The District Detroit is a community effort that’s Michigan Made, Detroit Built—providing jobs, apprenticeships and opportunities to Detroiters and Detroit businesses. More than $100 million in income from the arena project alone is expected for Detroit residents, with significant additional income created through future private developments.

About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is one of the largest sports and entertainment developments in the country. Located in the heart of Detroit, this 50-block, mixed-use development led by the Ilitch organization unites six world-class theaters, five neighborhoods and three professional sports venues in one vibrant, walkable destination for people who want to live, work and play in an exciting urban environment. Home to the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Lions - The District Detroit represents the greatest density of professional sports teams in one downtown core in the country.

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