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Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

With the rapidly changing employment market and exploding technologies our country will experience into the 21st century, it is essential that schools and industry work cooperatively toward the common goal of preparing educated, critical thinking, skilled workers.

Since its opening in 1981, the William D. Ford Career-Technical Center has aggressively served youth and adults of Southeastern Michigan by preparing over 15,000 highly skilled workers for jobs and careers with a future.

We have been successful in meeting the challenge to produce those educated, critical thinking, highly skilled workers through our:

  • State-of-the art training equipment and machinery
  • 18 technical training programs
  • Business/industry trained and State certificated instructors
  • Extensive student support services
  • Aggressive job placement
  • Business/industry coordinated training curriculum
  • Active and involved business/industry advisory committees
  • Supportive school board and community

We remain committed to providing both high school aged youth and underemployed/unemployed adults the best training possible. This will be accomplished by way of a hands-on approach to learning where theory is acquired through extensive practice on industry specific equipment and practical job related projects.

Vision Statement

William D. Ford Career-Technical Center graduates will be future-focused learners with the knowledge and skills to compete in an ever changing global economy.

Belief Statement

"Failure is NOT an Option"

Mission Statement

We, the William D. Ford Career-Technical Center Staff, will prepare our students with the knowledge, technological proficiency, and personal skills essential for success in an increasingly complex society.

Equal Opportunity

It is the policy of the Wayne-Westland Community Schools Board of Education to prohibit any acts of unlawful discrimination in all matters dealing with students, employees or applicants for employment.  The Wayne-Westland Schools reaffirms its policy of equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, height, weight, marital status or disability which is unrelated to an individual’s qualifications for employment or promotion, or which is unrelated to an individual’s ability to utilize and benefit from the School District’s services, activities, benefits, privileges or programs.  Inquiries concerning the application of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 and Title II legislation should be directed to the Executive Director of Student and Legal Affairs, Wayne-Westland Community Schools, 36745 Marquette, Westland, MI  48185 (734-419-2083).

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Gender Equity

Gender equity is a program which recruits and supports students entering non-traditional careers. We encourage both males and females to consider training in the following non-traditional skill areas:


  • Auto Body Repair
  • Auto Technology
  • Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
  • Construction Technology
  • Heating/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration
  • Electronics Technology
  • Welding Technology


  • Early Childhood/Teacher Education
  • Cosmetology
  • Health Occupations
  • Medical Assisting

For details or additional information, contact the Gender Equity coordinator at (734) 419-2100.

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Tech Prep

...to College Credits

Students who complete a one or two year program at the Ford Career-Technical Center may qualify for articulated credits through Henry Ford Community College, Wayne County Community College, Baker College, or Ferris State University. Articulated credit is free college credit that is applied to a student's transcript after completing a designated amount of courses at the college/university. The amount ranges from 3 to 18 credits and is determined by the program completed and the community college/university attended. At Ferris State University, articulated credit is determined by placement test.

Most programs at the Center have articulation agreements with colleges that are specific to that program. Please look at the various programs offered, and they will list the articulated credits available.

Tech Prep is a course of study designed to prepare students with a more technically oriented education background. This is accomplished through the coordinated efforts of the Center, local high schools, business, industry, labor, and community colleges. The Tech Prep program provides a structured sequence of high school course work which includes applied academics and career-technical classes. Emphasis is placed on creating a seamless transition from high school to post-secondary institutions with advanced college credit awarded in some career-technical areas.

For details or additional information contact the Center at (734) 419-2100.

Tech Prep is...

  • a coordinated effort between secondary and post-secondary schools.
  • a way to earn college credit in high school.
  • better paying, challenging technical careers for 4 + 2 graduates.

See Articulation Agreement

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Adult Learners

  • All are welcome to attend evening shifts
  • May be able to attend free as:
  • Non-graduate adults at least 17 years old by September 1
  • Wayne-Westland resident non-graduate adults at least 16 years old by Sept 1st
  • Holders of GED and no high school diploma
  • Children/dependents of UAW members
  • Agency-sponsored adults
  • Are provided reasonable tuition rates if not qualified for financial assistance
  • Are provided free academic assessment and counseling services
  • Attend in large numbers
  • Receive certificates of completion and competency printouts upon successful program completion
  • Receive free job placement assistance

Special Training Programs:

  • Employees of business and industry seeking skill upgrading
  • High school students
  • High school graduates
  • All adults with or without diploma
  • Community agency clients
  • UAW members

Industry and Agency Services:

  • Intensive, short-term training programs
  • New employee orientation and assessment
  • Mini workshops
  • Seminars
  • Conference facilities
  • Luncheon facilities
  • Employee retention programs
  • Academic assessment and counseling
  • Other fee based services as identified

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Attendance Eligibility

Free to:

  • To high school juniors and seniors in Wayne-Westland and cooperating schools
  • To non-grad adults at least 17 years old by September 1*
  • To many UAW members & dependent children**
  • To those with a GED and no high school diploma
  • To others who quality

Green School

Click here to view the Green School Application.

Student Handbook

Click here to view the student handbook.

new Attendance policy

New High School Attendance Policy

*Free adult eligibility subject to change with annual school code revisions
**Not available as a benefit in all UAW contracts - Check with your benefits office
Reasonable tuition rates for those not qualifying for free tuition