DPS revamps Career and Technical programming to better prepare students for post-secondary programs, 21st Century jobs

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Detroit Public Schools revamps Career and Technical Programming

Starting this fall, the students in Detroit Public Schools’ 43 Career and Technical Education programs will receive roadmaps called Programs of Study to guide them from ninth grade through post-secondary education and careers.

The Programs of Study guidelines are just one of the changes Detroit Public Schools is implementing as it revamps its CTE programs to ensure students are more prepared for the demands of 21st century employment. The announcement coincides with U.S. Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier’s tour of Davis Aerospace High School and round table discussion at Golightly Career and Technical Center, as part of a two-day visit to Detroit to gather information on CTE issues that will inform national policy.

“The Programs of Study will give our students a seamless pathway from high school to their careers, and ensure that they immediately meet all the prerequisites for post-secondary programs upon graduation,” said Cedric Thompson, DPS Executive Director of College and Career Readiness. “We have sought the expertise of colleges and universities, business and industry and education experts to help us design the most relevant guidelines for our students.”

Students in CTE programs will receive detailed grade-by-grade roadmaps that will outline the courses they will need to take each year in order to graduate fully prepared to enter their chosen post-secondary programs. The Programs of Study will list the DPS credits that colleges will accept, under new articulation agreements that are currently being negotiated.

The district has launched a comprehensive review process that will inform which CTE programs are continued or expanded, which ones are revamped to make them more relevant and which ones will be discontinued. The reviews will impact program offerings for the fall, and each school will receive program improvement plans that they will be required to implement.

The district has several thriving programs, including Davis Aerospace High School’s flight training and suite of Aviation programs, the Mass Media program at Golightly Career and Technical Center, which has been named a finalist for the “Station/Program of the Year” by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation, the highly sought after Health Sciences program at Crockett Career and Technical Center, the award-winning Culinary Arts program at Breithaupt Career and Technical Center and the cutting-edge Construction Trades programs at Randolph Career and Technical Center.

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