innovating Detroit's Robotics Agile Workforce (iDRAW)

In Michigan, through 2024, opportunities  number: 270,690 in IT; 109,410 in manufacturing; 212,224 in healthcare; 218,708 in Business and other trades.

Exciting – Broad – Relevant

iDRAW is bridging the employment gap in Michigan by using Robotics as a thematic thread to local youths starting as early as 4th grade. Through this initiative and with many partner organizations, University of Detroit Mercy's College of Engineering & Science will help our underutilized populations and fill educational gaps. Our goal is helping students obtain training and credentials for an in-demand field.

process

Through iDRAW, the College helps to:

  • Increase career exploration
  • Evolve to competency-based learning
  • Foster business and education collaboration
  • Create multiple pathways into high-demand STEM professions.

The iDRAW program implements a comprehensive strategy involving competency-based education, mentoring, participation in First Robotics, summer training, and work experiences. The skills developed in this strategy are aimed at assisting vulnerable high school populations in overcoming barriers to entering high-wage, high-demand STEM careers.