One Detroit and American Black Journal present

Putting Metro Detroit to Work

Workforce Development Roadshow

Airing on Detroit Public TV September 26 at 7pm ET

While Michigan’s economic forecast continues to be bright, there are still more than two hundred thousand unemployed workers. Matching them with available jobs for which they are qualified or providing them with the skills they need remains a challenge.

In a new Workforce Development Roadshow filmed September 9 at the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, “One Detroit” and “American Black Journal” went on the road to discuss these issues in depth. What are the most in demand careers? How do we connect people to the skilled trades? And what resources and programs are needed to connect Detroiters with those jobs?

One Detroit’s Christy McDonald, Stephen Henderson and Nolan Finley lead the discussion.

And be sure to watch the full special Thursday, September 26 at 7pm ET on Detroit Public TV.

Panelists included:

  • Dr. Nikolai Vitti – Superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Nicole Sherard-Freeman, Executive Director, City of Detroit Office of Workforce Development
  • Portia Roberson – CEO, Focus: HOPE
  • Gerry Anderson – Executive Chairman, DTE
  • Angela Reyes – Executive Director, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation
  • Tom Lutz – Executive Secretary/Treasurer, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters & Millwrights
  • Veronica Sanchez Peavey – Sr. Assistant Vice President – Adult Services & Regional Director, SER Metro-Detroit
  • Ric Preuss – Business Agent for IBEW Local 58
  • John Perkins – Carpenter Apprentice, Local 687


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