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SPOTLIGHT: The Payne-Pulliam School of Trade and Commerce Prepares Detroiters For Life Success

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Detroiter Ryan Luster nearly lost her home after a long-term period of unemployment and she fell behind on rent. After finally beginning work again, she found even more success and hope at the Payne-Pulliam School of Trade and Commerce.

It’s headquartered inside a powder blue building at 2345 Cass Ave. in The District Detroit. The nonprofit school helps those seeking jobs, literacy skills, GED completion and Business Office Technology training. Over the past 45 years, it has served more than 40,000 people.

Payne-Pulliam School is just one of the incredibly diverse parts of The District Detroit that make up the fabric of the neighborhood. Payne-Pulliam School is a unique resource for Detroiters seeking to improve their lives and continues to contribute a positive impact.

Payne-Pulliam President Rev. Betty Pulliam and the late Freddie Lindsay-Payne, founded the institution in 1973. The school offered courses at the historic Fox Theatre building before moving to Cass Avenue in 1976.

Luster successfully completed the school’s program and later landed at U.S. Truck Driver School, where she quickly became an instructor, earning a great wage. And since then, Luster, a mother of three, has gone on to land an even more lucrative job in her career field.

“Payne-Pulliam is an amazing entity,” Luster said. “They were always there. They never gave up on me. They saw my potential and they knew when something was wrong. It was like family.”

About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is a dynamic urban destination in the heart of Detroit. One that includes something for everyone—a dense neighborhood experience with a variety of developments alongside Detroit’s premier sports and entertainment venues. Connecting downtown Detroit to growing nearby neighborhoods such as Midtown, Corktown and Brush Park, The District Detroit is having a dramatic economic impact on Detroit and is a driving catalyst of the city’s remarkable resurgence. The District Detroit represents $1.4 billion in new investment to Detroit including the new Little Caesars Arena, Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University and Little Caesars world headquarters campus expansion. Additionally, new office, residential and retail spaces will continue to add momentum to Detroit’s amazing comeback for years to come.