The Pipeline

November 21, 2022

Director's Message

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


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.


Thanksgiving also provides time and space to rejuvenate. Our staff has worked intently to raise the bar. Our students have worked with focus to meet the expectations. I hope that everyone has an opportunity to relax and rest in during our break.


With students in mind,

JaCinda Sumara

Principal, William D. Ford Career-Technical Center

Director, Career Technical Education and Early College

Program Spotlight -- Sports Medicine and Exercise Science

Sports Medicine and Exercise Science prepares students for careers in healthcare. Student learning establishes foundational knowledge in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and biomechanics. Additionally, they study common athletic injuries and learn how to provide care utilizing passive modalities, taping and bracing, and rehabilitative exercises.


Sports Medicine and Exercise Science students pursue careers in medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, strength and conditioning, and personal training. They earn industry certifications, supporting the transition to work as either a Physical Therapy Aide or a Personal Trainer. Additionally, the Sports Medicine and Exercise Science program prepares students who wish to continue with formal post-secondary education.


Recently, this program had the opportunity to visit Athletico, an outpatient physical therapy clinic. Students gained insight into career options in physical and occupational therapy. The experience provided a glimpse of the day to day work for professionals in these fields.


Students will visit University of Michigan to explore additional careers at the start of the second semester. We anticipate that they will learn a lot during their visit to these world class facilities.

Student and Staff Success

Congratulations to our recent students of the week.

  • Cadence Copeland, Media Production
  • Noah Walker, Culinary Arts


Congratulations to Tracy Vaughan, Teacher Cadet instructor, on being awared a grant from the Mark Schonwetter Holocaust Education Foundation. This grant will be used to provide our future educators an opportunity to visit The Zekelman Holocaust Center, learn directly about the Holocaust from an adult child of a survivor, and discuss themes of diversity and equity as they relate to teaching and learning.


Congratulations to Cary Thomson and Joshua Bunse, Firefighter and EMT instructors who recently completed the National Fire Protection Association's Standard for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems certification and the accompanying train-the-trainer course. Students in Firefighter and EMT will be eligible to earn the Law and Public Safety Education Network's Drone Operator credential.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • November 22, 2022, Media Productions to explore fine arts career pathways at The Detroit Institute of Arts

  • November 22, 2022, Teacher Cadet to explore diversity and equity in education at The Zekelman Holocaust Center

  • November 23, 2022, Half Day, PM students to attend in the AM

  • November 24, 2022, No School

  • November 25, 2022, No School

  • November 29, 2022, 6:00 PM, Early College Information Night, hosted by Wayne-Westland Early College, virtual, meeting link

  • November 29, 2022, 7:00 PM, Teacher Cadet advisory virtual via the Google Meet platform

  • December 1, 2022, Multiple programs to explore design thinking and museum careers at The Henry Ford

  • December 2, 2022, Student Leadership meeting

  • December 6, 2022, 10th Grade Tours with Northville High School

  • December 12, 2022, Henry Ford Optimize, Industry Presentation

  • December 15, 2022, "When I Grow Up...", Wildwood Elementary kindergarten and young 5s students visit to build awareness of careers in culinary arts

  • December 15, 2022, 10th Grade Tours with Stuckey Center

  • December 23, 2022, Last day of classes before vacation

ParentConnection and StudentConnection

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.