The Pipeline

January 16, 2023

Director's Message

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

Second semester at William D. Ford Career-Technical Center provides students with many opportunities to put into practice the learning they have acquired. One option available is Work Based Learning.

Work Based Learning integrates academic learning with real-world application to provide paths to educational and career advancement. This approach holds great promise for our students as it provides access to high-quality work experiences and often serves as a steppingstone to an entry-level postion upon graduation.

Students and families that are interested in participating in Work Based Learning should connect with their program teacher for more information.

Have a wonderful week.

With students in mind,

JaCinda Sumara

Principal, William D. Ford Career-Technical Center

Director, Career Technical Education and Early College

Program Spotlight -- Health Occupations

Health Occupations prepares students for a future career in a healthcare. Students are gaining knowledge in the areas of medical abbreviations, safety, infection control, communication skills, and teamwork. Second-year students have mastered high-level skills including performing EKGs, sterile procedures, and drawing blood. Our students have completed their CPR and First Aid Certifications through the American Heart Association.

Since the start of the year, students have become proficient in providing patient care, practicing skills in our lab that supports simulation style teaching and learning. In December, our first group of students put their knowledge and skills to work during clinical experiences. They assisted nursing home residents with their daily care. Clinical rotations will continue through March. Additionally, students are volunteering on the patient units at Beaumont Hospital, which allows them additional practice in assisting patients and opportunities to shadow staff.

Student and Staff Success

Congratulations to our Students of the Week.

  • Jaden Lumetta, Cybersecurity
  • Brandon White, Game Design and Programming

Congratulations to our Random Act of Kindness honoree.

  • Pablo Gonzalez, Auto Body

Congratulations to our Staff Member of the Month

  • Mrs. Karen Truesdell, Secretary

Congratulations to Mrs. Stephanie Bigelow, Career Technical Education coordinator, on being awarded a $10,000 grant from the Propane Education and Resource Council. This grant will be used to purchase equipment for our HVAC program.

Congratulations to Mrs. Mara Magyarosi-Laytner, DIgital Photography and Media instructor. Her art work is featured in a special collection, curated by Alison Wong of Wasserman Projects. The exhibit is currently on display at BasBlue in Detroit.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • January 17, 2023, 6 p.m., Wayne-Westland Early College Information Night hosted at William D. Ford Career-Technical Center

  • January 20, 2023, 10th Grade Tours with Belleville High School

  • January 23 - 27, 2023, 10th Grade Try-outs with John Glenn High School and Wayne Memorial High School

  • January 24, 2023, 6 p.m., Wayne-Westland Early College Information Night, Virtual via the Zoom platform

  • February 7, 2023, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., "Fire Up Your Future", Willam D. Ford Career Technical Center's Annual Community Open House

  • February 7 - 8, 2023, Reality Fair with Community Financial Credit Union

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.