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DTE has launched a Tree Trim Academy with the goal to create 200 jobs in Detroit by 2024.

The training program lasts six weeks and helps get workers trained to meet the increased demand for line-clearance tree trimming jobs.

“Detroit has a need for jobs and DTE has a need for tree trimmers,” DTE Energy President and CEO Jerry Norcia said in a statement. “Our Tree Trim Academy will create more diversity in our workforce while creating jobs for Detroiters – and at the same time, help us to continue to improve electric reliability as trees account for 70 percent of the time our customers spend without power. We’re committed to Detroit, Detroiters and all of the communities we serve.”

Graduates of the program will earn a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and a certificate in customer service.

Experienced tree trimmers are able to earn more than $100,000 per year, according to a release.

“The DTE Tree Trim Academy is an incredible opportunity for Detroit residents to learn a valuable skill, make an excellent wage and contribute to improvements being made in our neighborhoods,” Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement. “I appreciate DTE’s commitment to diversifying its workforce and the partnership of IBEW Local 17 and Focus: HOPE to assist Detroiters for this innovative program.”

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