DTC in the News

The Detroit Training Center is incredibly appreciative of all the coverage we have received from local publications and beyond. Take a look at what we've been up to!


DWSD Checks-In with Returning Citizens One Year Later

In January 2018, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) hired three returning citizens to help maintain the city's water and sewer system. The men were trained by the Detroit Training Center, a Detroit at Work partner. Hear from them how the work has been going and their personal feelings about working for DWSD and the City of Detroit, a year after they were hired. Learn more at www.detroitmi.gov/DWSD.


Former Prisoners offered a second chance as returning citizens in Detroit

DTC Graduate Paul Young is making headlines for all the right reasons. After spending more than 30 years of his life locked behind bars, he considers himself to be a wiser, productive, and well adjusted citizen. Paul Young is currently work for Detroit Water & Sewerage Department.

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Big Iron Dealer of the Year Alta Equipment’s incredible growth “an awesome journey”

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Anyone can sell and rent equipment, says Chiles, but service is where the rubber really meets the road. With service technicians an essential part of that equation, the limited pool of qualified techs prompted Alta Equipment to help grow their own. “The person you train is more apt to be loyal,” he says.

And so four years ago Alta Equipment invested in an 80,000-square-foot facility located on a bus line in downtown Detroit.

There, the independent Detroit Training Center now offers training to local young people in a variety of technical skills, including diesel mechanics, equipment operation, asbestos abatement and obtaining their CDL. The DTC also offers courses in welding, real estate and construction and industrial safety.

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The second-highest pitch award went to the Detroit Training Center. CEO Patrick Beal said the educational operation aims to use its $150,000 to expand to another location, adding another 20,000 square feet or more to its current 5,000 square feet. The expansion could cost $1 million more more, depending on the location, which Beal said will be on Detroit's east side.

"There are literally jobs going unfilled for Detroiters," Beal said. "We were designed to solve that gap. We're really expecting that to be a problem we can solve."

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SCRAP Detroit is a community arts festival showcasing Detroit’s metal working culture. From welding-(mig and arc), to blacksmithing, live music, and demos this event will have something for everyone. A daylong festival that is open to the public, free of charge, and features some of the best artistic welders in the area. 12 teams of welders have been selected to participation in the SCRAP Detroit 2017 event. This year’s theme is "Bikes". This means that each sculpture must fit this theme by making their finished sculpture built with bike parts and be kinetic and revolving in some way..this does not mean it has to be a bike..it just needs to move!! 12 teams of welders have already been given 250lbs each of metal material and have one month to repurpose the old bikes and industrial scrap into revolving, kinetic sculptures. Detroit Training Center will be there with the big welding bus for demos and information. 

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“The Detroit Training Center opened in 2012 with a focus on vocational education for unemployed Detroiters. Our goal is to work with employers, non profits, and various government initiatives in order to help those looking for a job to gain the valuable skills and certifications they need to meet the needs of hiring industry employers,” says CEO Patrick Beal.  “We are incredibly excited about our new space at 5151 Loraine St. Detroit, MI. It will include approximately 4,000 square feet of classrooms, hands-­on shop space, with a computer lab that our business needed to continue our growth. This expansion will help those looking for a job to gain valuable skills and certifications they need to meet the needs of hiring industry employers.”

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With Patrick’s expertise in the construction industry and Marcus’ knowledge of sustainability and real estate, they formed a team to develop hands-on, vocational training courses for the skilled construction trades that focus on placing returning citizens and the unemployed into the workforce.

This week, DTC left their inspiring mark on us. We were moved by the energy of a small office that operates like a family. Patrick and Marcus guide the primary vision behind the operation. Yet, their most impressive accomplishment (in our opinion) is how their entire team moves in unison. DTC’s staff (Stephanie, Nikeya, Naya, Sam, Al, Johnny and all the instructors) forms the heart of this company; their passion, compassion, kindness, and dedication allow DTC to shine in Detroit. In that environment, we learned that an effective, admirable leader is incomplete on her/his own. The beauty of great leadership is that, as long as there is balance on the team, no single leader needs to be perfect or complete. As we expected, DTC changed us and taught us in more and more profound ways than we could ever impact them, and for that we are grateful.

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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan contracted with the Detroit Training Center to specifically prepare returning citizens to work for demolition companies handling the city’s anti-blight efforts.

These are good jobs, paying in the $15 to $20 an hour range. And they’re also hard jobs, so the pool of prospective employees is not large.

Hiring returning citizens is a classic two-fer. Employers get the skilled workers who are in such high demand, and the parolees get the opportunity they need to prevent a return trip to prison.



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Motor City Match “helps get businesses from ideas to open,” says Michael Forsyth, director of small-business services at the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., which runs the program for the city. It gives out $500,000 in grants every quarter, helping businesses come up with a business plan, find a place to open, renovate office space and more.

Patrick Beal, CEO of the Detroit Training Center, received $100,000 during the first round of the program and matched it with a $100,000 loan. With the help of Motor City Match, the company has trained more than 5,000 people in construction, heavy-equipment operation and other skills, and has grown from three employees to 20.




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The Detroit Training Center (DTC) mission is to provide adults with the knowledge, tools and skills they need to bring value to their communities, families and themselves. As a vocational training school in construction equipment, truck driving, lead abatement, and other similar careers, DTC works with contractors, for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations to connect graduates with job opportunities in metro Detroit. DTC Founder and Director Marcus Jones and fellow Founder Patrick Beal started the company in 2012. Here Jones discusses the company’s success. 

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Launched by Mayor Duggan earlier this year, Motor City Match connects new and expanding businesses with Detroit’s quality real estate opportunities and provides them with the funding and technical assistance to help them open.Funding for the ten grant winning businesses ranged from $10,000 to $100,000 to help fill gaps in capital needed for the build out or equipment purchase at their locations. Two companies received $100,000 grants, the maximum allowed through Motor City Match. Each grant winner must remain in Detroit for at least two years.

Detroit Training Center is a vocational education organization that has provided construction training and licensing to more than 750 students since 2012. The company plans to open a second location near Loraine and Warren Ave. Programs at the new location will include a utility worker training program and a heavy equipment diesel mechanics program.

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Mayor Mike Duggan on Tuesday named 10 businesses chosen to receive $500,000 in grants in the first round of quarterly Motor City Match awards.

The competitive program uses federal and donated funds to help Detroit businesses grow, while matching some applicants with vacant real estate in the city.

J&G Pallets, a pallet manufacturer that began in a Detroiter's backyard, and Detroit Training Center, a construction job training provider, each won maximum grants of $100,000.

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Detroit Training Center, a vocational education organization, won the maximum of $100k in grants. DTC, known for providing construction training and licensing, will be using their win to expand their second training facility on Loraine street near the Woodbridge district in Detroit. With the recent Motor City Match win DTC will be able to launch their new Heavy Equipment Diesel Mechanic Program.


Olympia Development broke ground Thursday on The District Detroit — a sports and entertainment locality connecting Midtown and downtown Detroit — that officials project will create more than 8,000 construction and construction-related jobs.

And with the Illitch family’s pledge that at least 51 percent of those jobs will be filled by Detroit residents, combined with the construction under way of the M-1 Rail line, the Detroit Training Center is launching a pre-apprenticeship program to prepare students for careers including electrical, plumbing, and carpentry.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for young people who are excited about working with their hands and getting into a technical occupation,” says Patrick Beal, CEO of the center, which opened in 2012. “Now is the time. If they want to be involved in these kinds of projects (like the arena), they’ve got to start now.”

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A local organization is helping put Detroiters to work rebuilding the city. We'll tell you about the Detroit Training Center's efforts to reduce unemployment and re-train residents. Episode 4207.

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On the 15th of July, Detroit Training Center (DTC) held its summer workforce graduation barbecue. The event brought together graduates, current students, employers and community officials to network together! It was a beautiful summer day — we were honored to have a guest appearance from Mayor Mike Duggan. DTC’s President Marcus Jones gave the Mayor a tour of our training center. The Mayor also had the opportunity to chat with our students and share in their success!

This is the biggest event DTC has had since their grand opening in 2012. The event was a success, and DTC hopes to have more in the future. DTC wishes all of our graduates the best of luck in their new careers!



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Three-quarters of this year's winning businesses are minority-owned and nearly 60 percent are woman-owned, NEI said. They range from 3 years old to 94 years of operation and represent a variety of industries, including construction, education, farming, food, manufacturing, retail, service, technology and transportation. Two businesses won $100,000 awards in this year's NEIdeas challenge:

  • Detroit Training Center in Detroit, to expand its commercial driver license certification program by purchasing new tractor-trailers for student test-driving and expand marketing of the program.

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The kids were down for the race car. They were even down for the school bus that was converted into a science lab. But delicious-sounding food made with cricket powder? They had to think about that.

Today, hundreds of students from throughout Detroit Public Schools Community District covered the field behind Fisher Magnet Upper Academy and swamped the gymnasium, participating in a day of STEM activities.

It was the first year for the STEMFest (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math) — an event held in conjunction with Flying Classroom, a science program that's been rolled out in dozens of DPSCD schools this school year.

The event reflects the district's increased focus on STEM lessons.

"These are things we're going to be doing in schools more often," Nikolai Vitti, the school district's new superintendent, told the students. "It should be something you should experience all the time."

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"A lot of my master's work was focused on Detroit," says Jones, now 29. "Being a planner, I was interested in the triple bottom line – creating jobs, making communities better, and removing toxins." Since its founding, the Detroit Training Center has graduated over 1,500 students, ninety percent of whom, according to Jones, are Detroit residents. Jones says graduates find jobs paying anywhere between $12 and $40 an hour depending on the field.

Detroit resident Marvin James Senior is a DTC graduate who has successfully parlayed his training in blight removal into growing his home improvement business. "It made me more professional and showed me how to properly abate houses," he says. "Because I had the license, I could show it to clients."

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“We just graduated 20 veterans. Previously, before these guys got into our program they were homeless. They ended up getting jobs. They were really looked down upon on by society, in my opinion because they’re older gentlemen, they’re veterans, they don’t own a home, they’re not working and they were staying in a homeless shelter. Well, we went in there, got the chance to meet some of the guys, interviewed them and we basically put them in the training program with the goal to get them jobs. The one thing that we found out was not only do these guys have hopes and dreams, but also they really had the determination to reach out there and go to work and want to work and continue to contribute to society. We feel that we have a huge impact here on the city because we train people to rebuild and restore Detroit. We want to continue to rebuild the workforce, because the more people that are out working making the city better, the faster the city can turn around and thrive because more people are paying taxes and more people have money to spend at local stores.”

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What is the history and background of Detroit Training Center?

Patrick and I noticed there was a gap in skilled workers in Detroit. For example, Patrick is a former demolition contractor in asbestos abatement and noticed there weren’t enough people to assist him on various job sites. Together we realized that with the proper training, unemployed people could become successful in various industries and earn good starting salaries.



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“The companies we’re announcing today are on the leading edge of Detroit’s growth,” said Duggan. “These are companies that will be renovating neighborhood buildings for their businesses, creating jobs and serving the community.”

One of the two $100,000 grant winners was the Detroit Training Center – a vocational education organization that has provided construction training and licensing to more than 750 students since 2012. The company plans to open a second location near Loraine and Warren Avenue, where they plan to launch a utility worker training program and a heavy equipment diesel mechanics program.





Detroit Training Center’s owners said the grant will help them open a new facility to train Detroiters in diesel mechanics.

“Talent creation is a huge part of (the city),” said Patrick Beal, Detroit Training Center CEO. “Businesses need strong candidates in order to grow and thrive and the Detroit Training Center helps create those candidates that are going to be tomorrow’s productive employees.”

  • Detroit Training Center, 5151 Loraine St. Vocational education focused on construction education, training and licensing. $100,000.



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Detroit Training Center (DTC) is one such training program, partnering with a number of local employment agencies, including Michigan Works, Focus:HOPE, Southwest Solutions, and Access. These agencies find candidates who are displaced from the workforce and out of work, and DTC chooses the hardest to employ for their programs.

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Detroit Young Professionals' Vanguard Awards recognized 15 entrepreneurs and civically engaged Detroiters this past Thursday. Held at Andiamo Detroit Riverfront, a sold out crowd of young professionals came out to support their peers being recognized for their accomplishments.

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CEO, Detroit Training Center  

After his first job in the landscaping industry, Patrick went on to be a founding member in a construction company that won several awards, including a spot on the INC 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America 2010 Edition as the 3rd Fastest Growing Construction Company in America.  He was also a founding member of MeritHall Staffing, and currently works as the CEO of The Detroit Training Center, a vocational education and workforce development company.

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Marty Thomson of Livonia works for the Detroit Training Center, gives instructions to inmates at the Detroit Reentry Center on Ryan Road in Detroit on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 about the need to make sure caution signs are put up around property when doing lead abatement work. Marty Thomson of Livonia works for the Detroit Training Center, talks about lead abatement with inmates taking a class at the Detroit Reentry Center on Ryan Road in Detroit on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. The center offers various classes that can help inmates find jobs once they get out.