Presented by Sachse Construction and Junior Achievement of Southeast Michigan, the one-day academy provides a platform for 500 metro Detroit high-school students to learn about post-secondary skilled trade job opportunities. Students participate in hands-on training and demonstrations with more than 40 subcontractors and skilled tradespeople from across the state of Michigan and have the opportunity to meet with unions and vocational schools to explore construction trades as a rewarding career path.

We hope to see you in 2019 at the fourth annual Sachse Construction Academy!

Contact Jill Brack at for information on how to get involved at our next event.


Shurtape Tape University

Thank you to our gracious sponsor, Shurtape Technologies, for your contribution at this year’s Sachse Construction Academy. One student participant will win a $2,500 scholarship to put towards a skilled trades education after high school. The winner will be announced on Friday, November 30, 2018. Good luck!

View more information on this scholarship by clicking here.


Detroit at Work

Lay the foundation of your future today by visiting Detroit at Work’s Sachse Construction Academy page.

Here you can take the next step towards skilled trade job opportunities by learning more about your favorite trades before being placed into FREE skilled trade training programs.


We hope to see you in 2019 at the fourth annual Sachse Construction Academy!


9:00AM - 10:00AM

Students arrive to Shed 3 via buses

10:00AM - 10:20AM

Introduction and welcome remarks:

  1. Todd Sachse, CEO of Sachse Construction

  2. Marlowe Stoudamire, Social Capital Expert

  3. Kandace Jones, CEO, Junior Achievement of Southeast Michigan

  4. Lisa Zierfuss, Shurtape Technologies to announce $2,500 Tape University Scholarship

10:20AM – 12:00PM

Hands-on skilled trades demonstrations and introduction to advanced education & apprenticeship programs

12:00PM - 12:20PM

Todd Sachse introduces closing remarks (speaking order TBD):

  1. Charity Dean, Director of the Department of Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity at the City of Detroit

  2. Mayor of Detroit Mike Duggan

  3. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

12:20PM - 12:30PM

Student raffle for Pistons tickets hosted by Todd Sachse

12:30PM - 1:00PM

Students receive boxed lunches and board buses



charity dean
Director of Civil Rights, Inclusion, and Opportunity for the City of Detroit

Charity Dean is the Director of Civil Rights, Inclusion, and Opportunity (CRIO) for the City of Detroit. Before taking on this new role, Charity was appointed by Mayor Mike Duggan to design, craft, and implement the Bridging Neighborhoods program based on a $32 million community benefits agreement for residents in Delray and Southwest Detroit. She currently serves on the board of YouthWorks-Detroit, Grandmont Community Association, and as an advisory committee member of the Detroit Women’s Leadership Network. 


mike duggan
mayor of the city of detroit

Mayor of the City of Detroit Mike Duggan took office on January 1, 2014. As Mayor, he governs the city of his birth and where he spent the previous 32 years of his career collaborating with others to solve some of the city’s most vexing issues. During his career, he has taken on challenges and untangled problems that directly impact the quality of life of Detroiters, including access to health care, public transportation, crime, blight, expanding recreational opportunities in the city, job creation, and more. As city finances stabilize and public services continue to improve, the Mayor is now focusing on economic growth in the city and creating pathways to opportunity for Detroit residents.  


Kandace jones
President & CEO, Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan

Kandace Jones is the President and CEO for Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan (Detroit). She has extensive experience working with the federal, state, and local education agencies; nonprofits; and the private sector. For the past six years, she has served as an expert consultant, facilitating professional development, organizational capacity-building, strategic planning, policy development, best practice research, communities of practice, sustainability planning, among other forms of technical assistance, for social entrepreneurs, state departments of education and school districts.


todd Sachse

In 1991, Todd Sachse founded Sachse Construction, a premier national commercial construction firm licensed in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada. For over 26 years, Todd has driven Sachse Construction to successfully complete millions of square feet of commercial, institutional, multi-family, and industrial projects throughout North America. Locally, the firm has led several of Detroit’s most notable construction projects, including Whole Foods, the Nike Community Store, Quicken Loans Headquarters, and renovations to the Detroit Athletic Club.


Governor Rick Snyder
michigan’s 48th governor

When Rick Snyder became Michigan’s 48th Governor in 2011, he pledged a commonsense approach to governing that focused on working together to find solutions for the state’s toughest problems. With the self-proclaimed moniker “one tough nerd,” Governor Snyder has focused on making government more efficient and effective for Michigan’s citizens. Raised in a Battle Creek home known for a strong work ethic and service to others, Governor Snyder’s upbringing has aided in leading the state’s comeback. A homemaker and a small business owner, his parents demonstrated the value of hard work.

Social Capital Expert

Marlowe Stoudamire, is a social capital expert, business strategist and speaker with 20 years’ experience in local and global business, philanthropy and social impact capacities for public and private sector organizations and diverse communities.  He is owner of business consulting boutique Butterfly Effect Detroit and is also the founder of Mash Detroit, a series of placemaking concepts and organic social collisions in neighborhoods as a community bridge that helps people from all walks of life collaborate, build business and re-imagine shared physical space.