October 25, 2022

Hello William D. Ford Career-Technical Center Students, Families, and Staff,

Did you know that all FordCTC programs are taught by industry experts?  Our teachers have substantial industry knowledge and experience.  Their own career adventures assist them as they support our students in becoming proficient in technical content knowledge and navigating  professional career access.  

While FordCTC celebrates the industry experts that change careers and become full-time high school teachers, there are other ways to contribute to student experiences.  Our programs hold two program advisory meetings each year.  Program advisories serve as a resource and are our primary connection to the workplace.  Program advisories guide FordCTC with the design, growth, operation, and evaluation of our courses.  Program advisory is an amazing way to contribute to growing future talent without changing careers.

FordCTC would like to grow our advisory committees.  We would like to have many voices influencing our teaching and learning. If you are interested in serving on an advisory as a student or parent, you are welcome to join.  Additionally, if you know anyone that has a background in any of the programs we host, please consider asking them to volunteer.  Interested parties can email us at sumaraj@wwcds.net.

Recent Student and Staff Success

  • Congratulations to Captain Cary Thompson, Firefighter instructor, on being the premiere recipient of Eastern Michigan University's Excellence in Fire Service Executive Leadership Award.  This honor recognizes long-term commitment to the field and the advancement of fire and rescue services.
  • Students of the Week
    • Allayah Lawrence, Early College
    • Ash Guethlein, Architecture and Engineering Design

Upcoming Dates of Relevance

  • October 24, 2022, FordCTC Middle School Experience Week, Students in 8th Grade will visit for tours and hands-on activities 
  • October 25, 2022, 5:00 PM, HVAC Program Advisory meeting
  • October 28, 2022, Field Trip to Eastern Michigan University to explore STEM learning and career preparation at the college level
  • November 2, 2022, 6:00 PM, Historically Black College and University Fair, hosted by Wayne-Westland Community Schools District at John Glenn High School
  • November 4, 2022, Welding students to compete in Washtenaw Welding Invitational
  • November 4, 2022, Student Leadership meeting
  • November 8, 2022, William D. Ford Career-Technical Center closed, no students expected to report, staff report for professional development
  • November 14, 2022, Trades Week in partnership with John Glenn High School


ParentConnection and StudentConnection portals are available to stay engaged with student performance.

  • To access the portals, visit the Wayne-Westland Community Schools Website
  • The links to the portals are in the upper right
  • If you have not yet accessed your account, click on "Forgot Your Password" and follow the steps
  • If you receive the message "Unable to Process Request", update your email address with the FordCTC office by calling 734.419.2100


We are nearing the conclusion of the first marking period. I encourage students and parents to review progress and to check in with teachers if there are any questions or concerns.

Have a safe and happy Halloween. 

With students in mind,

JaCinda Sumara

Principal, William D. Ford Career-Technical Center