A. Philip Randolph Technical High School is the only DPS Career and Technical Center to offer the new Career Academy program, where high school students can earn a comprehensive high school diploma, an associate’s degree, heavy machine operator certification and paid internship through coursework in plumbing and pipefitting, HVAC, electricity, carpentry, masonry, horticulture and interior furnishings.
A. Philip Randolph Technical High School is an exclusive school within the district that prepares students for a career in the construction trades industry. Students in the Detroit Metropolitan area are provided an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in construction in collaboration with local businesses, industry leaders and the community.
Among the unique benefits: students are constructing a three-bedroom ranch-styled home on site as part of a service learning project that will be devoted to a family residing in the city of Detroit.
School of the Week: Randolph Technical High School, where students BUILD their own futures!
Posted on December 10, 2012
When Ricardo Smith, program manager of Electricity Construction at Randolph Technical High School, heard about Mike Ilitch’s plan to build a hockey arena and entertainment complex in downtown Detroit, he immediately thought of Randolph’s students… and jobs.
Randolph, which is adjacent to Renaissance High School on a sprawling complex of schools on Detroit’s Northwest side, prepares its students for careers in the construction trades industry. The school offers courses in plumbing and pipefitting, heating ventilation and air-conditioning, electricity, painting and decorating, carpentry, masonry, computer-aided drafting and interior furnishings.
“What students learn here is not something to fall back on,” Smith said. “It’s a career. There are very wealthy people who have retired from a career in construction trades.”
And the time is right for a student seeking to enter the field, he said. According to recent news reports, the construction trades industry is experiencing a shortage of workers to fill jobs that are opening as the home-building sector comes back to life.
That’s where career and technical schools like Randolph prove so valuable, said Director Cynthia Hough.
Randolph students, who come from throughout Metro Detroit, gain hands-on experience in construction in collaboration with local businesses, industry leaders and the community, leading many students to internships and careers. The school also has articulation agreements with colleges and universities so that courses at Randolph transfer to credits at those institutions toward two- and four-year degrees.
Students spend half their day in a traditional high school, taking required classes needed for graduation. The other half is spent at the career technical center working with specialized equipment and receiving instruction to prepare for their occupational selection.
In each classroom on any given day, students are busy learning skills that can translate easily into college or a career, said Hough, while sitting in a classroom that her students recently retrofitted to become a new multi-purpose room. The painting, the electrical work and new lighting, the new carpet and the glass block windows were all installed by Randolph’s students.
“Our programs give students hope,” Hough said. “They ensure the students are marketable when they leave here.”
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Masonry, Plumbing and Pipefitting, Carpentry, Electricity, Heating and Cooling (HVAC), Painting and Decorating (Dry Wall/Ceramic Tile Setting), Interior Design, Accounting, Marketing, Business Administration, Public Safety, Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), CISCO, Co-Op and Graduate Work Experiences, Math and English Language Arts Integration, Boy Scouts of America-Explorers Program, Annual House Build, Michigan Historic Preservation Network, Adult Education-Construction Trades Program, SkillsUSA, Distributive Education Clubs of America (An Association of Marketing Students), Business Professionals of America (BPA)
About the Principal
Cynthia Hough has amassed many years of experience as a Career and Technical Education educator. She has trained as a classroom teacher, curriculum leader, and assistant principal before being appointed principal. An advocate for college and career readiness, she believes that all students should be afforded the opportunity to train for a wage earning career which can lead to matriculation to higher education.
The mission of A. Philip Randolph Technical High School is to enhance student achievement by engaging construction trades and business students in industry standard training. Upon completing our fully academic integrated curriculum, students will be prepared to confidently and effectively compete in a global market while adding viability to the community.
The Name We Honor
The center is named for Mr. Asa Philip Randolph, a powerful leader and a tireless fighter for increased ethnic diversity in the labor movement. Mr. Randolph founded the International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. This organization helped workers in the Pullman Porter’s Union earn better wages and improve working conditions. Mr. Randolph was an inspiration to all who believe in equality and fairness in the labor movement.
Commitment to College Success
The center will provide a curriculum that will enable students to gain skills which will lead to practicum experiences, summer internships, co-op work experiences, and apprenticeship opportunities which may lead to self employment or advanced learning.
Students must come to school in their school uniforms, which are various colors.