STEAM Careers, Here We Come!
Global competitiveness depends more than ever on the role of K-12 education in establishing the strong foundation essential for preparing a 21st century workforce. Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL) is an unique and comprehensive community initiative that brings together educators, employers, and community leaders to implement a proven model for transforming secondary schools, which ultimately improved student outcomes and the regional workforce development system. Ford NGL supports a growing number of communities, over 30 that are committed to expanding and strengthening their networks of transformed secondary schools.

These schools infuse the high expectations and academic rigor of college preparatory academic programs with the real-world relevance and rigor of career and technical education (CTE). Students choose from career pathways across a variety of sectors that drive economic growth in their communities. Ford NGL uses the power of workplace relevance and business relationships to excite young people about education- STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) education in particular- and to prepare them for college, careers and life.

Powered by Ford STEAM Academies were created out of the Ford NGL program in an effort to focus even more on helping prepare high school students for life in the real world by providing them with hands-on learning in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Academy students attend their regular high school, but instead of staying in general classes, spend most of their day working on projects related to possible future jobs. Teachers facilitate as students learn core academic subjects and get involved in projects based on industry trends in engineering, information technology and manufacturing; these projects are often conducted in Ford facilities.

The first academies were located in Volusia County, Florida, Louisville, Kentucky and Utica, Michigan. In 2015, four Detroit schools joined the fold to serve a total of 2,800 students. By 2020, Ford Next Generation Learning expects to expand STEAM academy relationships with Ford Motor Company in strategic plant cities that would serve 7,000 students across the U.S.

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