Elementary and Middle Schools to host Open Doors Days Jan. 15 and Jan. 22
Detroit Public Schools on Saturday, January 18, will hold its first-ever All DPS High School/Career Tech Centers Fair during the district’s new Winter Retain and Gain Campaign. The event, to be held at Renaissance High School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will showcase the offerings at all DPS high schools and Career Technical Centers.
The district’s elementary and middle schools will also hold Open Doors Day on Wednesday, January 15 from 3-5 p.m. at every school site.
Both events, part of the district’s new year-round marketing strategy, seek to build on the positive momentum gained from the district’s successful Summer Enrollment Campaign, which stemmed historic enrollment losses and helped schools to gain market share.
The high school fair will have a number of exciting elements, including information about specialty programs and career pathways, as well as scholarship information. It will also showcase details about the district’s new Career Academy, where high school students can earn a comprehensive high school diploma, associate’s degree through Henry Ford Community College, heavy machine operator certification and a paid internship through coursework in plumbing and pipefitting, HVAC, electricity, carpentry, masonry, horticulture and interior furnishings. This new program will begin in September 2014 and include a four-week summer “bridge” program in June at the restructured A. Philip Randolph Technical High School. All Career Technical Centers will showcase their unique offerings, including culinary programs and construction trades courses.
The new Career Academy program includes high school and adult education components. The adult ed program will provide career and technical skills training in the construction trades which include HVAC, carpentry, electrical and masonry for students 18 years or older. The program will run three hours, four nights weekly from January-June 2014, is free to students who have completed the GED, and includes free transportation. Both high school and adult level programs will be located at the restructured Randolph location.
Opening the Career Academy is a key first phase objective of the new DPS five-year Strategic Plan, that was developed after an intensive five-week strategic planning process involving parents, students, teachers, principals, staff, clergy, civic and community leaders and policy makers. Their input is being used to help Detroit Public Schools improve its performance and customer service, broaden services, and provide desired programs, all within a safe learning environment.
Special giveaways at the High School/Career Tech Fair include 40 drawings for $20 WalMart gift cards and one $200 drawing for a Target gift card; 10 drawings for School Supply Baskets; a set of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones courtesy of Office Depot; and a Playstation PS4 game console, courtesy of ABC Warehouse.
The event will be emceed Dr. Darrius of Radio One. Radio One also will sponsor a cupcake station for guests with a special DPS-themed cupcake. The DPS Office of School Nutrition will showcase its special healthy food offerings.
The elementary and middle school Open Doors Day on January 15 will feature school tours and specialized itineraries at each site. Representatives will be on hand to talk about the unique offerings in DPS, including the new elementary and middle school sports program, high quality PreKindergarten, the addition of arts or music programs at every elementary/middle school, and new Community School programs, where schools will offer specialized community-based services and extended hours. All elementary and middle schools will repeat their open doors event for public tours on Wednesday, January 22 from 3-5 p.m.
For more information, please call 313 240-4377.