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Have you heard about the Blue Devil Promise Scholarship? Lawrence Technological University (LTU) provides 50 scholarships that cover 50% of tuition costs to students that attend Wayne-Westland Community Schools. Students that attend FordCTC are eligible, regardless of where you attend high school.
LTU offers post-secondary options in a variety of fields that directly correspond to the career technical education programs offered at FordCTC. Architecture, broadcasting, communications, film, computer programming, cyber security, digital design, engineering, game design, and nursing are just some of the majors that they offer.
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As we remember and reflect on the tragic events at Oxford High School last November, let us take a moment to offer our support to their entire community. On Nov. 30, 2021, devastation struck Oxford High School, shaking students, educators and parents in Michigan and across the nation. Please join me in remembering the students who lost their lives that day: Madisyn Baldwin, Tate Myre, Hana St. Juliana and Justin Shilling.
One year later, it is still difficult to comprehend this tragedy. We know there will be an increase in news coverage and social media postings this week regarding Oxford. Unfortunately, this tragedy is also a sobering reminder that terrible events can happen anywhere at any time.
Thanksgiving provides time and space for reflection. FordCTC staff has worked purposefully over the past year to elevate the service and opportunities that we provide to students. Our students are already benefitting from the work focused on the development of new programs that prepare students for high wage careers, the commitment to outcomes based learning that provide students with industry certifications and articulated college credits, and the establishment of business and industry partnerships that provide students with opportunities to build their professional networks.
November has been a very exciting month for many of our students. Our Wayne Memorial High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team is in the National Preseason Top 40 for the first time. We are proud of all the hard work and energy put into the program.
Students from our elementary and middle schools had the opportunity to visit Michigan State University, where they toured the campus and got to watch a women's basketball game. Another group of middle school students visited Lawrence Technological University and participated in STEM day. HYPE Athletics made a $10,000 donation to our PBIS program, which provides students with positive behavior with a one-day pass to the facility. We continue to work with our community partners to offer our students the most hands-on and comprehensive opportunities.
Did you know that Wayne-Westland Community Schools District (WWCSD) established an early college program this year? Wayne-Westland Early College (WWEC) is a rigorous program that offers high school students an opportunity to earn college credit, industry credentials, and up to an associate degree while still in high school.
While there are many options for high school students to earn college credit while attending WWCSD, this is the only path that provides students with an end result of a degree. We offer this program at no cost to students.
Are you aware that every career technical education program offered at FordCTC is considered to be an introductory-level college course? Our classes are evaluated by college faculty, compared against their standards, and are approved as equal in content and performance requirements. This allows us to offer articulated credit to our students.
Last week, FordCTC had over 750 visitors! Eighth graders from Adams Middle School, Franklin Middle School, and Stevenson Middle School visited to explore the career pathways. Our students did a great job engaging our guests and building excitement about potential futures. Thank you Mrs. Bigelow for leading this opportunity for our students to share some of what they have learned.
Have a safe and happy Halloween.
With students in mind,
Principal, William D. Ford Career-Technical Center
Director, Career Technical Education and Early College
- October was : Fire Prevention Month, Anti-Bullying Month, National Principal Month
- Thank you to Staff and Students
- $3.3M grant through the ECF used for LTE devices
- $850K grant for work based learning opportunities for high school students
- $500K SME grant for small manufacturing and engineering at our William D Ford Tech Center
- School based health clinic being completed in April at John Glenn High School
- $150 grant from University of Michigan Trails Program for Mental Health lessons and professional learning
- $30K from Deliotte and Amazon for K-8 STEM Kits
- $20K Michigan College Access Network for computers and smart board for College and Career Readiness rooms
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.
At FordCTC, our Seniors are starting to make final decisions regarding what they will be doing next year. College, military, apprenticeship, trade school, and straight to workforce are some of the choices I have already heard students discussing with our teachers, coordinators, and counselors.
With this in mind, it is important to be planning for the fiscal requirements some of these choices involve. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid window is now open! This year, access to the form requires two-factor authorization. While this is an important step to ensure safety in records collection, completing the FAFSA may be a little more challenging than in previous years. The National College Attainment Network is providing resources to help. Additionally, Eastern Michigan University is offering a FAFSA support webinar on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 6pm.