City, DPSCD and partners celebrate $10 million Breithaupt Career Tech Center revitalization
- Improvements include upgrades to facility, equipment and school programs to create world-class career technical education center for high school students, adults
- Investment building talent pipeline to support Detroit’s growing economy, enrollment numbers up to nearly 700 students since investment
- Funding led by Quicken Loans and Bedrock – with major contributions from JPMorgan Chase & Co., General Motors, DTE Foundation, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, Ballmer Group, Lear Corporation, Penske Corporation and Ford Motor Company
Mayor Mike Duggan, Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti, partners and community leaders gathered today to celebrate the $10 million revitalization of the Breithaupt Career Technical Center (CTC). The Center provides in-demand career technical education leading to future job opportunities for nearly 700 Detroit youth and adults, each year.
As part of a 10-year partnership between the City of Detroit and Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) to revitalize career technical education and prepare Detroiters for high-demand careers, Breithaupt CTC has been transformed into a modern, updated facility with better equipped classrooms, more programs and teachers, and a wide range of other building improvements.
Breithaupt offers students training in the growing culinary arts, retail and hospitality sectors, automotive service and collision repair, as well as mechatronics and welding. The technology based, high-quality hands-on education expands students’ professional options and is a pathway to increased opportunity.
The $10M investment follows a similar $10M investment at Randolph Career Technical Center in 2017, which increased the number of Detroiters served from 80 total to over 600 youth and adult skilled trade students each year.
“The revitalization of Breithaupt is another great example of partnership between the City, Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), corporate and philanthropic investment and the skilled trades” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “We have already seen with Randolph how important vocational training is for creating job opportunities for Detroiters. There is still lots of demand from employers and we need to help Detroiters find the skills to fill that demand.”
Since launching the partnership in early 2018, anchored by an initial donation of $1M from lead sponsors Quicken Loans and Bedrock, support from the community has swelled with donations from JPMorgan Chase & Co., the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, DTE Foundation, Lear Corporation, Penske Corporation, General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Metro Detroit Ford dealers, the Ballmer Group and others.
“When we announced the revitalization of Randolph it was something we said would be replicated at our other CTE schools. 18 months later, we did it and we are committed to work with the city and business to expand,” said Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District. “There is nothing more important than expanding college and career readiness opportunities for our students. This is what the work is all about! In the near future all of our schools will have this type of infrastructure to develop our city's young talent and develop a homegrown workforce.”
The wide-ranging program of updates and improvements has touched every part of the facility, including:
- Building Improvements: updates to infrastructure and safety measures, revitalized classrooms, and renovated common spaces
- Equipment: Identified and purchased updated equipment, tools, and technology including the donation of vehicles by GM and Ford, new welding equipment, cosmetology furniture, and a fully-updated mechatronics lab
- Marketing & Enrollment: Developing city-wide marketing efforts to promote the value of Career and Technical Education (CTE) education to students, teachers, and community members
- Curriculum & Staffing: Updated curriculum to align with industry standards, hired additional teachers with industry experience, and built industry and job connections for each program
- Adult Training: Added training for adults in evenings and weekends for related high-demand jobs
“The support General Motors provided to Breithaupt is an investment in our hometown and its future workforce,” said Terry Rhadigan, Executive Director, Corporate Giving at GM. “We’re proud to partner with the City and District on this crucial work to support skilled trades and we thank Mayor Duggan and Dr. Vitti for their leadership.”
Career Technical Centers training all Detroiters
As at Randolph, the partnership with DPSCD allows for youth classes during school hours and new adult classes and nights and at weekends.
“Breithaupt is a tremendous asset to Detroit and we are committed to ensuring it remains a school where students can pursue their career goals,” said Bill Emerson, CEO, Bedrock and Vice Chairman of Quicken Loans. “Detroit’s future entrepreneurs, executives, skilled trades people and leaders deserve every opportunity to learn and thrive, and we are proud to help make that a reality.”
Breithaupt opened in 1981. In 1983, it was ranked the top CTE school in the country. Declining enrollment led to disinvestment and the closing of several programs. Following the program of improvements, the curriculum at Breithaupt now includes Automotive Service and Repair, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts and Hospitality, Mechatronics, and Welding. Guidance on equipment and facilities has been provided by a range of industry partners.
“Breithaupt is the second CTE center the City has invested in as part of a multi-year agreement with DPSCD.” said Jeff Donofrio, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Workforce Development Board. “There is more skilled trades opportunity now in Detroit than the city has seen for a generation. Today is a further step towards making sure that Detroiters have the skills they need to connect with in-demand jobs and rewarding careers.”
To learn more about enrolling in CTE, Detroit students can visit: https://detroitatwork.com/youth/career-technical-education/. Adults interested in learning more about training can visit https://detroitatwork.com/.