In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, Plante Moran Cresa (PMC) partnered with Olympia Development of Michigan, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the Boys and Girls Scouts of America to host an event for local students interested in learning more about opportunities in skilled trade professions.

PMC’s Senior Vice President Cyrill Weems led the group of 40 children, ages 12 to 18, on a tour of The District Detroit Preview Center. The District Detroit is the $1.2 billion new development project in downtown Detroit that includes retail and residential developments, offices and hotels, and entertainment venues centered around the new Little Caesars Arena.

As students viewed the 3-D models of The District Detroit and a video of the construction progress currently underway at the Little Caesars Arena, Cyrill and representatives from various trade unions explained the plans for The District Detroit development and how the skilled trades have added value to the development.

Speakers from trade unions currently working on the arena spoke to the group about how their respective trades contribute to the planning, design, and construction of a project and how apprenticeships have helped to shape their careers.

“This has been a great day for sharing information and providing exposure to our future leaders in the construction industry,” said Cyrill. “They are our future engineers, project managers, construction managers, tradesmen, and architects. It’s great to have them here now so they can understand the different opportunities they can have in the future.”

To learn more, watch the Channel 7 local news coverage online, listen below to the WJR Radio 950 ad, and read about the program at

This tour was supported by the Partnership for Diversity and Opportunity in Transportation, a group of private and public organizations and governmental agencies working together to provide more diversity and create more opportunity areas in the transportation industry, in celebration of National Apprentice Week, November 14 through 20.

  • Students tour Detroit Preview Center with Plante Moran Cresa and tradesmen from The District Detroit and Little Caesars Arena.

*Images courtesy of The District Detroit and Olympia Development of Michigan.