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Line Clearance and Tree Trim Program

Image of prisoners in the tree trimming program

Line Clearance and Tree Trim Program

Photo of a prisoner beginning to climb a pole.

Program Information

The Michigan Department of Corrections has partnered with DTE Energy to develop and launch a unique program to train returning citizens for careers in tree trimming, helping to fill open, in-demand positions.

The first class of 24 tree trimmers began on June 10, 2019, and will finish training in the next 6-9 months. Within the program, students will learn to safely climb trees, use tree trim equipment and obtain a Commercial Driver's License. Participants can also complete the Forklift certification. Once released on parole, the students who have completed the tree trim program will be eligible to join the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 17 Union and fill an open role with a local tree trim supplier.