OUR MISSION

The mission of A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical Center is to enhance student achievement by engaging construction trades and business students in industry standard training. Upon completing our fully academic integrated curriculum, students will be prepared to confidently and effectively compete in a global market while adding viability to the community. Our world-class CTE programs link academic, employability, and technical skills that prepare our students to flourish in the skilled trades and business industry with an entrepreneurial mindset. Our high demand programs are also enhanced by developing and maintaining partnerships with business, industry, and community.

THE NAME WE HONOR

The center is named for Mr. Asa Philip Randolph, a powerful leader and a tireless fighter for increased ethnic diversity in the labor movement. Mr. Randolph founded the International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. This organization helped workers in the Pullman Porter’s Union earn better wages and improve working conditions. Mr. Randolph was an inspiration to all who believe in equality and fairness in the labor movement.

Carrying on from Mr. Randolph’s legacy, our ultimate vision is that the A. Philip Randolph Career Tech will be an exemplary 21st century learning community where students identify, select, and pursue career pathways and develop necessary skills that lead to post-secondary options.

FAQ'S

Q: HOW DO I ENROLL?

A: Randolph is currently accepting enrollment applications from current high school students. Please complete this application and one of our counselors will reach out to you. We will begin enrolling adult students in the fall. For existing career opportunities for adults, please visit DetroitatWork.com.

Q: WHAT COURSES DOES RANDOLPH OFFER?

A: Current courses include Carpentry, Masonry, Plumbing/Pipefitting, HVAC, Entrepreneurship/Business, and Computer-Aided Design (CAD). Electrical, Green Infrastructure, and Painting, Decorating, and Drywall programs are planned for the future. Additionally, starting Fall 2017 all students will receive industry-recognized safety instruction, career exposure, industry mentorship, and contextualized reading and math support.

Q: WHAT ARE MY CAREER PATHS AFTER RANDOLPH?

A: You will learn about careers in architecture, design, construction, landscaping, and business – the full spectrum of careers related to construction and skilled trades, whether you’re interested in immediately entering the workforce or attending college. The experience gained through skilled trades education will position you well for a variety of careers related to the design and construction of new homes, commercial buildings, roads, bridges, and other similar projects. Past students have pursued the construction trades as an apprentice, have gone on to become journeymen (and women!), and joined trade unions. Students have also taken industry jobs at companies like DTE Energy and Lear Corporation. Some have even gone on to start their own businesses. The possibilities are endless!

Q: WHY SKILLED TRADES?

A: If you look around the city, you can see all the different construction projects going on. The real estate developers and contractors working on these projects are trying to keep up with demand, and are always looking to add smart, talented, and hardworking people to their team.

Entry-level positions in construction trades range from $13-$22/hour, with the ability to earn benefits after 6 months.

Lastly, a significant percentage of the construction workers in the city are expected to retire over the next few years, which means there is a great opportunity for people with skilled trades experience to fill these roles as they become available.

REAL WORLD EXPERIENCES

Randolph students attend field trips to commercial construction sites within the greater Detroit area along with construction conferences and educational events. During the second and third years, Randolph connects students to jobs, apprenticeships, or further education and training.