Detroit Public Schools is proud to recognize the A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical Center for its efforts to restore and rehabilitate Historic Fort Wayne and Belle Isle through the Randolph Historic Preservation Trades Project.
The project is a collaboration between the Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN), the City of Detroit Historic District Advisory Board, and the A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical Center.
The initiative was launched during the 2006-2007 academic school year, and continues this year thanks to grant funding from the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).
The intent behind the project is to provide hands-on classroom experience in the areas of Engineering, Manufacturing and Technology through the preservation of historic buildings.
Students who participate in the project were hand selected and are enrolled in Carpentry, Painting and Decorating, Masonry, Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, or Electricity Construction.
Skilled Preservation Trades professionals provide classroom demonstrations and assist with building restoration and rehabilitation.
Participating students take pride in their contributions to urban, economic and community development by helping to rehabilitate historic buildings.
The Historic Fort Wayne and Belle Isle Project will culminate with a reception in May, but the benefits of the project will continue for many years to come.
For more information about this project, contact A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical Center at 313.494.7100.