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Eight high schools join Ford PAS program

By January 2005, students at eight metropolitan Detroit high schools will be participating in the Ford Motor Company-supported Partnership for Advanced Studies (PAS) Program.

“This program provides high school students with quality interdisciplinary learning experiences that challenge them academically and develop their problem-solving, critical-thinking and communications skills” explains PAS Director Angela H. Polk.

The eight schools are Advanced Technology Academy and Berkley, Cody, Denby, Holy Redeemer, Southwestern, Southeastern and West Bloomfield high schools.

In addition, Shrine High School plans to join the program in Fall 2005, marking nine out of the goal of 10 schools cited for Ford’s two-year grant to UDM. Efforts are under way for additional funding.

UDM was one of the first institutions of higher education to commit to the nationwide Ford PAS program aimed at helping high school students learn about and prepare for careers in science, technology and engineering. Community partnerships include the participating schools, colleges and universities and business and industry.

The commitment includes incorporating five courses (15 modules) into students’ curriculum. They cover areas including technology, communications, problem solving and social responsibility.

Teachers involved with the program meet to share best practices and discuss barriers to learning. Students visit the UDM campus for laboratory activities and to use equipment not available at their schools.