Dale Carnegie of Southeastern Michigan’s Barfield Entrepreneurial & Leadership Development Program develops entrepreneurial and business goals among inner city schools
Detroit, MI – October 29, 2012 – Dale Carnegie Training of Southeastern Michigan is making it a point to help students local to Detroit. For the last three years, the city of Detroit has consistently maintained an unemployment rate of 20% with few signs of improvement. In addition to high unemployment rates, the high school dropout rate hovers around 60-70%. In the words of the U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Detroit Public Schools are, “arguably the worst urban school district in the country.” On the upside, Duncan has also referred to the Detroit Public Schools as “Ground Zero for education in this country.” Mr. Duncan has been quoted as saying” there are big changes in the works for the city schools. I’m more optimistic today about Detroit’s future than probably any time in the past two and a half years”.
As Detroit positions itself for revitalization, education and by association, unemployment must be top priority. Because of this fact Dale Carnegie Training of Southeastern Michigan has answered the charge to bridge the gap. In a new collaboration with Mr. John W. Barfield, founder of the Bartech Group, headquartered in Livonia, Mi., Dale Carnegie will introduce the Dale Carnegie Barfield Entrepreneurial & Leadership Development Program, which begins this fall, and will target education along with skill development as the main issue with unemployment.
The program is designed to provide students with the tools and strategies needed to reach their full potential, as well as entrepreneurial advice and development support and will launch at Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA) during the Dale Carnegie Barfield Entrepreneurial & Leadership Development Program Orientation. Entitled “Expanding Visions for Success”, the orientation program will be Tuesday, October 30, 2012 from 4:00 – 6:00pm.
Major contributors to the project include Mr. Ralph C. Bland, Superintendent of the nationally recognized DEPSA, and an innovative leader who desires to bring leadership training to students; Mr. John W. Barfield, a visionary that hopes to see inner city youth in Detroit and across the nation become entrepreneurs or business executives by “Dreaming Big!”; Ralph Nichols, a leader in the Dale Carnegie Corporate and Franchise community has been a key component to this program’s success.
These individuals and organizations have been instrumental to the success and innovation of the Dale Carnegie Barfield Entrepreneurial & Leadership Development Program since its inception, and have molded the program into something substantial. Other contributors to the program include Brooke Franklin, who introduced the program to DEPSA High School, Mark Will, who is Partner and Master Trainer at Dale Carnegie and will deliver the program and Brandon Marsh, Performance Consultant and Coach, who co-developed the program and will assist with its implementation.