Legacy. Pride. Opportunity.
These are just a few of the phrases DPSCD Superintendent Nikolai Vitti used to describe the district’s students, staff and community during a 90-minute conversation with Detroit News columnist Bankole Thompson. The conversation, part of the Wayne County Community College District’s Global Conversations Series, took place at the Downtown campus of WC3D Aug. 21.
“This district has been successful in the past, and can be successful again,” said Vitti. “We’re rebuilding the district, both literally and metaphorically. We are 60 days into an ambitious 100-day plan and are making great progress.”
Dr. Vitti highlighted the high level of commitment of DPSCD teachers and staff, and revealed his commitment to innovative programs for students across the district, along with a renewed focus on educating the whole child.
“I believe every student should have access to art and music education, and we’re putting systems in place to do that. We’re also focused on bringing an accelerated learning program to every high school, and developing signature programs for each school. We’d also like to have a dual enrollment opportunity available for all of our high school students.”
Dr. Vitti also discussed the possible expansion of career and technical education, with a focus on expanding the pathways available to district students. In Vitti’s mind, this could include aerospace, automotive, medical and cybersecurity career programs designed to prepare students for 21st Century jobs.
Dr. Vitti, who sees himself as a reformer, said that the 2107-2018 school year will see virtually everything in the district being evaluated.
“We are examining systems and processes districtwide, working with teachers to make sure students are using the best curriculum, and looking at our buildings and facilities to make sure they are being used in the most efficient and effective way.”
Across the Board, Dr. Vitti’s comments were well-received by attendees, and he fielded questions from DPSCD graduates, former staff members and community members. Dr. Vitti encouraged attendees to get involved in the district, either through upcoming Strategic Planning Focus Groups or at individual schools.