Kenneth Hill founded the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program, Inc. (DAPCEP) in 1976 with 245 students. Initiated with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, DAPCEP began in partnership with the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, one Detroit high school, and two middle schools. The goal: to increase the number of local middle school and high school minority students who are motivated and prepared academically to choose careers in science, engineering and other technical fields.
By 1989, the program expanded to include 8 area universities, 24 high schools, 36 middle schools, and 2,000 students.
For more than 40 years, DAPCEP has grown to serve more than 11,000 youth annually in partnership with several universities, corporations and community-based organizations.