Career and Technical Education & Partnerships
Robin Brown, Supervisor
Career and Technical Education is not your Vocational Education program of the past. Today industry standards as well as high academic standards make up our programs that our students in Southfield participate in daily. Career and Technical Education programs teach and reinforce core academics which enable students to see the relevance core concepts have in the real world.
The programs we offer include:
Radio and TV Broadcasting
Business Management Administration
There are a variety of courses within each program that students can select from. Each program has an Advisory Board made up of business and organizational leaders. The purpose of the advisory is to provide us with current knowledge and skill sets that business and industry leaders are looking for in employees. We also have post-secondary partners for each program. They are:
Ferris State - Radio and TV Broadcasting
U of M Ann Arbor, Baker College and OCC/Walsh - BMA
Lawrence Technical University and OCC - CAD
Schoolcraft College - Culinary Arts
U of M Ann Arbor, Baker College and OCC - Finance
Baker and OCC/Walsh - Marketing
Articulation agreements with OCC and Baker College are available to students who wish to gain college credit for courses taken at our high schools. Our staff and our post-secondary partners work together in granting credit for our CTE courses. Schoolcraft College accepts the Safe Serve credential that we offer as part of our Culinary Arts program.
Specialized certification is required by the state for staff who instruct in CTE programs. Highly Qualified staff has specific coursework they take as well as documented 4000 hours of recent work experience in related areas to hold the specialized certification for each program we offer. Our staff is knowledgeable of the workplace demands that will face their students.
Our Southfield students also attend the Oakland Schools Technical Campus SE where they take Career and Technical Education courses that we do not offer. Southfield students make up 25% of the campus population of the twelve school districts that feed into these programs. The programs that are offered there are:
Agriscience and Natural Resources
Visual Imaging Technology
Career and Technical Education helps to prepare students for post-secondary education. All of our programs will be offering certifications in the near future so students can become employed as they work towards a degree. CTE programs provide opportunities for students to meet our graduation requirements through rigorous coursework while gaining the knowledge and skills required by business/industry leaders. The programs are designed and our staff is dedicated to helping students reach their potential!
Major responsibilities of the Career & Technical Education (CTE) department include:
providing leadership in career education for all grade levels, assistance with District-Wide Career Fair, support with development of students' Educational Devlopment Plan using Career Cruising
rolling out Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling initiative
creating and restructuring high school academies and their advisory boards, finding internship sites and assisting job coach
overseeing all vocational programs including curriculum writing and instructional resources, staff training, student competitions, maintaining advisory boards, filing required reports with the state
documenting school-business partnerships, maintaining the Partnerships for Education Council and its' sub committees, facilitating meetings and events, maintaining current Communtiy Resource Guide, planning annual Recognition Breakfast
launching district service learning activities and providing training on curriculum integration
planning and supervising all Safe & Drug Free Schools acitivites, providing training on drug prevention and submitting reports as required by the state
support expenditures for Convergence Grant
coordinating Optimist Student of the Month
providing support with MI Model for Health
All career and technical education programs follow the district’s policies of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, genetic information or any other legally protected characteristic, in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. In addition, arrangements can be made to ensure that the lack of English language proficiency is not a barrier to admission or participation.
For general information about these programs, contact:
Robin Brown, Career and Technical Education Director
Division of Instruction
Southfield Public School District
24815 Lahser Road
Southfield, Michigan 48033
Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be directed to: Title VI Coordinator—David Turner, JWE Administrative Center, 24661 Lahser Rd., Southfield, MI 48033, 248/746-8987; Title II & Title IX Coordinator—Lynda Wood, JWE Administrative Center, 24661 Lahser Rd., Southfield MI 48033, 248/746-8580; Section 504 Coordinator George Chapp, Division of Instruction @ University High School Academy, 24815 Lahser Rd., Southfield, MI 48033, 248/746-4328.