DTE and State Team Up on Inmate Training Program – Detroit News Watch

Southfield (Detroit News Watch) – DTE Energy is teaming up with the state of Michigan on an innovative vocational training program that will prepare qualified inmates about to be released with skills to become much needed tree trimmers and address a growing talent gap.

Diane Antishin, Vice President of Human Resources at DTE, and Heidi Washington, Director of the Michigan Department of Corrections, with Michigan Matters Host Carol Cain (Credit: Logan Tesmer/CBS 62)

Diane Antishin, Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer of DTE, and Heidi Washington, Director of the Michigan Department of Corrections, appeared with Carol Cain, Senior Producer/Host, to talk about the initiative.

Antishin and Washington discussed the genesis of the effort. Gerry Anderson, Executive Chairman of DTE, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer were among dignitaries who took part in a recent event to announce the program.

Diane Antishin, Vice President of Human Resources at DTE, and Heidi Washington, Director of the Michigan Department of Corrections (Credit: Logan Tesmer/CBS 62)

Antishin and Washington talk about the selection process, which skilled trade union is working with them and other specifics.

Then, Lisa Whitmore Davis, AARP Michigan Associate State Director for Multicultural Outreach ,Dr Mary K. Clark , an AARP volunteer who is also with the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Services, and Chelsea Neblett, Financial Empowerment Director for the City of Detroit, appear with Cain to discuss programs helping to empower seniors and others across Detroit through new financial programs.

Lisa Whitmore, AARP Michigan Associate State Director of Multicultural Outreach, Dr. Mary K. Clark, AARP Volunteer, and Chelsea Neblett, Financial Empowerment Director for the City of Detroit, with Michigan Matters Host Carol Cain (Credit: Logan Tesmer/CBS 62)

AARP has been helping seniors learn more about finances and dealing with issues such as taking care of aging loved ones.

Davis talked about AARP’s focus in the region and Dr. Clark discussed an AARP program she is helping with to assist community organizations hoping have their membership learn more about finances.

Lisa Whitmore, AARP Michigan Associate State Director of Multicultural Outreach, Dr. Mary K. Clark, AARP Volunteer, and Chelsea Neblett, Financial Empowerment Director for the City of Detroit, (Credit: Logan Tesmer/CBS 62)

Neblett talked about the city of Detroit’s first Financial Empowerment Center, which will provide free, one-on-one professional financial counseling and coaching. Neblett said the new center is a partnership between the City of Detroit, Wayne County Treasurer and Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency and will provide supporting social services to low- to moderate-income residents.

Watch MICHIGAN MATTERS Sunday at 11:30am on CBS 62

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