Detroit nonprofit introduces underrepresented children to STEM careers

DETROIT – The Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) has spent more that 40 years introducing children to STEM careers.

While the fall session just wrapped up, it’s not too late to enroll you child in the virtual spring program.

Nonprofit DAPCEP helps about 11,000 underrepresented students across southeast Michigan each year discover careers in STEM.

Scott Richardson is a simulation engineer in the computer industry. When he was 12, his parents enrolled him in DAPCEP and he began taking the nonprofit’s engineering classes on campus at UM.

“I eventually applied to the university and the same administrators that had been instrumental in developing academic some room for me to connect with,” Richardson said.

DAPCEP Executive Director Michelle Reaves said scholarships are available to help open doors and break down barriers for people of color in STEM.

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