By Sherri Kolade | Word In Black

This post was originally published on Michigan Chronicle

(WIB) – The first-ever reopening of an HBCU located in Detroit took place this past spring and it’s celebrating its inaugural class this semester, The Detroit News reported.

Roughly 10 years after the state’s only Black college, Pensole Lewis College of Business and Design, shuttered, the college reopened with a class of 30 students and a new purpose to connect with industries to develop a pipeline of prepared workers and design experts, according to the article.

Isaiah Walker, a 2013 Southfield Lathrup High School graduate, told The Detroit News that after attending Oakland Community College he is one of many in the elite Pensole Lewis College of Business and Design inaugural class. Also, recently he became one of four students to obtain a summer internship with workwear brand Carhartt, which is headquartered in Dearborn, according to the article.

“What I hope to gain from the internship,” Walker, 27, said in the article “is knowledge, better connections inside the industry and hopefully a full-time job with Carhartt.”

Dr. D’Wayne Edwards is heading up the college as the founder of Pensole Design Academy in Portland, Oregon (also the controlling stockholder of the previously shuttered HBCU, Lewis College of Business in Detroit).

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