The Pipeline

November 14, 2022

Director's Message

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


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.


Current 8th, 9th, and 10th grade WWCSD students are eligible to apply. WWEC is hosting information sessions to support families in exploring this opportunity.

  • November 15, 2022, 6:00 PM at the William D. Ford Career-Technical Center

  • November 29, 2022, 6:00 PM virtually via the Zoom platform

  • January 17, 2023, 6:00 PM at the William D. Ford Career-Technical Center

  • January 24, 2023, 6:00 PM virtually via the Zoom platform


Visit the WWEC Website to learn more about this program.


I hope you 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 -- Cyber Security

Cybersecurity is a high-paying, high-demand field. Currently, there are more than 700,000 cyber security jobs that need to be staffed. Recognizing this, FordCTC added this as a new program this school year.


Mr. Joshua Rychlicki has worked diligently to design a high school program that is second to none. FordCTC's Cybersecurity class is one of five high schools in the state using the Cyber.org cyber range to support student learning. Students have been learning about the Linux operating system and the basics of security theory and practice. Students are working toward earning a stack of industry credentials necessary for employment. Specifically, they will earn CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+.


Recently, our students also participated in the Michigan Governor's Cyber Challenge. We are proud that FordCTC had three teams place in the top 100.

Student and Staff Success

Congratulations to our students that competed in the Washtenaw Welding Invitational!

  • Fernando Guzman
  • Gabe Hamby
  • Tricia Henne
  • Ally Heringhausen
  • Dakota Hoskins
  • Chase Hutchinson
  • Tyler Hutchinson
  • Dustin Landers
  • Devin MacDonnell
  • Mark McCormick
  • Logan McHugh
  • Jeremy Osborne
  • Curtis Patrick
  • Wyatt Pearse
  • Grant Schultz
  • Andrew Weatherbee
  • Nathaniel Williams
  • Michael Vanassche


Congratulations to our students with recent Work Based Learning Placements!

  • Dasha Gangwar, Auto Body, Gerber Collision & Glass
  • Lawrence Harris, Auto Body, George Matick Chevrolet
  • Rebekah Joseph, Culinary, Wayne-Westland Community Schools, Food Services
  • Christina Mokdad, Culinary, Wayne-Wesland Community Schools, Food Services
  • Filip Nowakowski, Auto Body, Gerber Collision & Glass
  • Gentz Preston, Auto Tech, Atchinson Ford
  • Jaydyn Putman, Auto Tech, Atchinson Ford


Congratulations to students in Media Production for their sucess in the Westland Public Library Photography Contest!


  • Dalayni Boston, 3rd Place, Nature
  • Maximus Bradford, 1st Place, Portrait
  • Halie Brown, Honorable Mention, Portrait
  • Jacqueline Dahmer, 3rd Place, Still Life
  • Mya Moore, 1st Place, Architecture
  • Brandon Soyko, 2nd Place, Still Life
  • Jaliana Stokes, 2nd Place, Portrait

Upcoming Important Dates

  • November 14, 2022, Trades Week, a partnership between FordCTC and John Glenn High School

  • November 15, 2022, Welding to explore advanced training opportunities at the Ironworkers Training Center

  • November 15, 2022, Crestwood High School 10th Grade Tours

  • November 15, 2022, 6:00 PM, Early College Information Night, hosted by Wayne-Westland Early College at William D. Ford Career Technical Center

  • November 15, 2022, 6:00 PM, Cash for Grads, Explore how to fund college and university, hosted by Wayne-Westland Community Schools at Wayne Memorial High School

  • November 16, 2022, Sports Medicine and Exercise Science to explore career path opportunities at Athletico Physical Therapy

  • November 16, 2022, Operation Opportunity

  • November 17, 2022, Construction Technology and HVAC to explore advanced training opportunities at the Electrical Industry Training Center

  • November 18, 2022, Teacher Cadet and Sunshine and Rainbows Preschool to visit The Cranbrook Institute of Science

  • 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 virtually via the Zoom platform

  • November 29, 2022, 7:00 PM, Future Teachers 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

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.