|Tree Trimming Program for Inmates Underway in Michigan|
DTE has partnered with the Michigan Department of Corrections to develop and launch a unique program during the summer of 2019 to train returning citizens for careers in tree trimming, helping to fill open, in-demand positions.
"I've learned from my peers – both in Michigan and in other states – that returning citizens who are looking for a second chance in life can be among your very best and most loyal employees. They just need to be given a chance. A criminal record shouldn't be a life sentence of unemployment," says Gerry Anderson, DTE executive chairman.
The first class of 24 tree trimmers began on June 10, and they planned to finish six to nine months from the start date. Within the program, students will learn to safely climb trees, use tree trim equipment and obtain a Commercial Driver's License.
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