About Us

With the rapidly changing employment market and exploding technologies our country will experience into the 21st century, it is essential that schools and industry work cooperatively toward the common goal of preparing educated, critical thinking, skilled workers.

Since its opening in 1981, the William D. Ford Career-Technical Center has aggressively served youth and adults of Southeastern Michigan by preparing over 20,000 highly skilled workers for jobs and careers with a future.

We have been successful in meeting the challenge to produce those educated, critical thinking, highly skilled workers through our:

  • State-of-the art training equipment and machinery
  • 19 technical training programs
  • Business/industry trained and State certificated instructors
  • Extensive student support services
  • Aggressive job placement
  • Business/industry coordinated training curriculum
  • Active and involved business/industry and community advisory committees
  • Supportive school board and community

We remain committed to providing high school students the best training possible. This will be accomplished by way of a hands-on approach to learning where theory is acquired through extensive practice on industry specific equipment and practical job related projects.

William D. Ford Career-Technical Center graduates will be future-focused learners with the knowledge and skills to compete in an ever changing global economy.

Belief Statement

"Failure is NOT an Option"

We, the William D. Ford Career-Technical Center Staff, will prepare our students with the knowledge, technological proficiency, and personal skills essential for success in an increasingly complex society.

High school juniors and seniors in Wayne-Westland and cooperating schools

It is the policy of the Wayne-Westland Community Schools Board of Education to prohibit any acts of unlawful discrimination in all matters dealing with students, employees or applicants for employment. The Wayne-Westland Schools reaffirms its policy of equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, height, weight, marital status or disability which is unrelated to an individual’s qualifications for employment or promotion, or which is unrelated to an individual’s ability to utilize and benefit from the School District’s services, activities, benefits, privileges or programs. Inquiries concerning the application of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 and Title II legislation should be directed to the Executive Director of Student and Legal Affairs, Wayne-Westland Community Schools, 36745 Marquette, Westland, MI 48185 (734-419-2083).

Gender equity is a program which recruits and supports students entering non-traditional careers. We encourage both males and females to consider training in the following non-traditional skill areas:

  • Automotive Collision Repair
  • Automotive Technology
  • Computer Aided Drafting/Design (CADD)
  • Construction Technology
  • Culinary Arts/Hospitality
  • Digital Media
  • Electronics/Robotics Technology
  • Firefighter
  • Heating/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration
  • Welding Technology
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Health Occupations
  • Medical Assisting

Students who complete a one or two-year program at the Ford Career-Technical Center may qualify for articulated credits through Alpena Community College, Henry Ford Community College, Kirkland Community College, Mid-Michigan Community College, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College, Washtenaw Community College, Wayne County Community College District, Baker College, Central Michigan University, Davenport University, Delta College, Ferris State University, Lake Superior State University, MIAT College of Technology, The Motion Picture Institute, and Saginaw Valley State University. Articulated credit is free college credit that is applied to a student’s transcript after completing a designated amount of courses at the college, university or institute. The amount ranges from 3 to 50 credits and is determined by the program completed and the school attended.

Most programs at the Center have articulation agreements with post-secondary schools that are specific to that program. Students should speak with their post-secondary adviser to determine the number of articulated credit they may be eligible for.

For details or additional information contact the Center at (734) 419-2100.

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