The Pipeline

November 28, 2022

Director's Message

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

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.

LTU is hosting campus tours on Saturday, December 10. If you are interested in registering to attend this event or learning more about this scholarship opportunity, please complete this form.

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 -- Future Teachers

Future Teachers, formerly known as Teacher Cadet, has had a focused and busy fall. Students are creating and implementing wonderful lesson plans to teach their students at Sunshine & Rainbows Preschool. Students have started completing job shadows with local K-12 teachers. These job shadow experiences allow the students to explore different grade levels they may be interested in teaching.

Future Teachers has developed a partnership with Stevenson Middle School. Middle school students in the Aspiring Educators club are visiting monthly to see Future Teachers in action. Our high school students will directly mentor these middle school students throughout the school year.

Recently, Future Teachers chaperoned their first field trip. On November 18, they supported Sunshine & Rainbows Preschoolers on a visit to the Cranbrook Institute of Science. While our preschoolers learned about the stars and dinosaurs, our future teachers learned a lot about student supervision outside the classroom.

On November 22, Future Teachers visited the Zekelman Holocaust Center. Students were given a tour of the museum while the museum educator explained why and how decisions are made to best educate guests. Students learned from a second generation survivor, Sarah Silver, who spoke of her parents', Phillis and Arnold Eirhorn, experiences at the camps and their lives after. Finally, the day concluded with a working lunch in which our students discussed how to best teach the Holocaust and themes of diversity, equity, and inclusion to middle and high school students. This field trip was sponsored by a grant from the Mark Schonwetter Holocaust Education Foundation.

Student and Staff Success

Congratulations to our recent students of the week.

  • Matt Harding, Auto Tech
  • Jaylen Howes, Sports Medicine and Exercise Science

Upcoming Important Dates

  • 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, Future Educators advisory virtual via the Google Meet platform

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

  • December 1, 2022, Culinary to host John Glenn High School Swim Team Banquet

  • December 2, 2022, Student Leadership meeting

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

  • December 7, 2022, 10th Grade Tours with John Glenn High School

  • December 8, 2022, 10th Grade Tours with John Glenn High School

  • December 8, 2022, Future Educators welcomes Stevenson Middle School's Aspiring Educators

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

  • December 13, 2022, 10th Grade Tours with Wayne Memorial High School

  • December 14, 2022, 10th Grade Tours with Wayne Memorial High School

  • 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 16, 2022, HVAC post-secondary options fieldtrip to Henry Ford Community College

  • 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.