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Career Pathways & Dual Enrollment

CTE Supervisor/Administrator Bryan Schuerman

Phone:  (248)-451-7375   Email:  

Pontiac School District is proud to offer extensive Career Pathway opportunities for our students within the Career and Technical Education Department. To prepare our students for the workforce, we teach them the soft skills that employers seek. In addition, we work directly with NAF to ensure our students get curricula that are current and provide them with work-based learning experiences. As a result, our students will graduate with career options ahead of their peers as they pursue their long-term career goals. Some of the newest pathways we have added are the Health Sciences, Business & Finance and the Hospitality & Tourism Pathways. Coming soon we will be adding an E-Sports pathway as well!

Additionally, we also offer Dual Enrollment at Oakland University and Oakland Community College for students to get a jump start on earning college credits while also completing high school courses. 

For students who would like to explore non-obligatory exposure to the U.S. Army's core values and leadership skills, we offer Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (J.R.O.T.C.).


Career Pathways Course Guide

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NAF Future Ready Michigan

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Successful Students

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Wings of Fire

Our Pontiac Robotics team, The Wings of Fire, competed in their second FIRST Robotics district event this past weekend at Livonia Churchill High School against 40 other teams from across the State.

They again had an excellent showing, placing second and winning the FIRST Creativity Award for their robot's design and style. Together with their 2nd place finish earlier this season, they currently stand in 25th place out of the 479 teams in Michigan.

Here is one of their most exciting matches of the weekend: 

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'Sky's the Limit' for Pontiac High School Students with Help of SME Prime
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The future looks brighter for students at Pontiac High School {PHS) since their school was accepted into the SME PRIME {Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) program.

Located in an industrial Detroit suburb that suffers from the lingering effects of mid-2000s auto plant closings, PHS received a PRIME grant that allowed it to create new manufacturing career pathways and purchase state-of-the-art equipment a 
three-piece Festo Meclab, two Festo Didactic AC/DC Training Systems, a Festo Hydraulics Training System, a Festo Industrial Controls Trainer, a Verisurf CMM, a Stratasys 3D printer, two Haas Desktop mills and two additional Haas Control Simulators, a Snap-on PMI kit, and a variety of hand and power tools from Starrett, 
Snap-on and other providers. The school's affiliation with PRIME began with a 2019 kickoff meeting that included representatives of PHS's industry partners 
-Mahindra, Irvin Products, Fanuc America and Williams International. The project is funded by Flagstar Bank, the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

According to Justin Brantley, manufacturing instructor at PHS, the group came up with a Iii of skills they thought entry-level manufacturing employees should have -then rated the importance of those skills according to the initial needs faced by PHS's industry partners "We used that as a guide to work with Toolln9 U-SME to create the curriculum for our school says Brantley, noting that the current curriculum includes CAD/CAM, additive manufacturing and industrial maintenance. At PHS, each PRIME program features a tiered rollout of information and technology. For example, ninth-grade students in the industrial maintenance program start off \ear about safety and regulations. In the 10th and 11th grades, they work with AC/DC motors, fluid powering systems, and bearings and seals, and will soon perform tasks such as welding, grinding, machining, fabricating and electronic circuitry. In 12th grade, students have more leeway in their studies. Plus, they are provided with opportunities to become involved in co-op programs or internships and can also earn an SME Education Foundation Scholarship - leading to, as Brantley puts it, "a nicedirect pipeline from what they're learning in school to when they're going into the workforce." When it comes to jobs, Brantley says 
the school's industrial maintenance program focuses on preparing students 
for careers in regular maintenance and/or production of industrial machinery. 
Students in the CAD/CAM program, on the other hand, are likely to go into automotive engineering or regular parts manufacturing. Wherever PHS's students end up going, the PRIME program is designed to help them get there. "It's potentially giving them a lifeline and a direct route to a higher income level that they might not have seen around here in quite some time," says Brantley. "The sky's the limit." 

This article has been condensed. Read the full article at smeef.orglprime.