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Career & Technical Education

Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Students interested in preparing for High Skill, High Demand, High Paying careers may elect to participate in a Career & Technical Education (CTE) program through Dearborn Public Schools.  These programs are offered free to all Dearborn Public Schools Students.  Interested students should contact their school counselor to discuss programs and options that are right for them. 

All CTE programs in Dearborn Public Schools are funded by Federal PERKINS and Michigan Section 61a Added Cost Grant funds and:

  1. Are aligned to rigorous national standards (LINK).
  2. Provide students with specific academic knowledge and hands-on skills aligned to their career interest.
  3. Partner with local community and industry partners to align programs to the needs of the local work force.
  4. Require students to participate in Work Based Learning with local employers (job shadows, internships and externships, CoOp employment, etc.)
  5. Provide students leadership and scholarship opportunities through Career and Technical Education Student Organizations (CTSOs) including BPA, DECA, FCCLA, HOSA and SkillsUSA.  (LINK)
  6. Offer students the ability to earn industry recognized credentials and/or certifications. 

Current CTE Programs offered in Dearborn

Detailed information and program/course descriptions can be found at

High School CTE Elective Courses

Various courses are available to students for exploring career interests and/or supplement their Educational Development Plans (EDPs). Courses are available at all three high schools unless noted. 

  • Allied Health Science Electives (MBCC Only)
    • ER Response Training (Advanced CPR and First Aid)
  • Business Department Electives
    • Business Math
    • Computer Applications
    • Computer Science Discoveries
    • Incubator (Fordson Only)
    • Intro to Business
    • Intro to Keyboarding
    • Intro to Web Page Design (Edsel and Fordson)
    • Multimedia (Edsel and Fordson)
    • Personal Finance
  • Criminal Justice and Law Electives 
    • Forensic Science
  • Family and Consumer Science Electives
    • Clothing 1, 2 (Fordson Only)
    • Confident Consumer
    • Foods for Life
    • Fundamental Foods
    • Interior Design (Fordson Only)
  • Industrial Education
    • Home Technology 1,2
    • Robotics (Fordson Only)
    • Wood Technology 1,2,3,4
    • Advanced Wood Technology 5 (Edsel Ford Only)
    • Welding Technician (FHS Only, CTE Program at Edsel Ford)
  • Information Technology Electives
    • Computer Science Discoveries
    • AP Computer Science Principles (MBCC/DCMST and Edsel Ford)
    • AP Computer Science A (MBCC/DCMST only)
  • Science Department Electives
    • Anatomy and Physiology (Recommended for all Allied Health Careers Students)
    • Forensic Science (Recommended for all Criminal Justice and Law Careers Students)
  • Social Studies Department Electives
    • AP Economics (Recommended for all Dearborn Business Academy students)
  • Video Production Courses (Dearborn High only)
    • Adv Video 1,2
    • Adv Movie Making 1,2
    • Studio Production 1,2
    • Video Editing 1,2

Middle School CTE Elective Courses

All Middle School CTE Electives provide career awareness and career exploration options for all students. Course offerings vary by building. Check with Middle School Counselors for available Options 

  • Family and Consumer Science Electives (Bryant Only)
    • Exploring Life Skills (6th grade)
    • Teens & Tots (7th grade)
    • Exploring You (7th grade)
    • Consumer Skills (8th grade)
    • Skills for Living (8th grade)
  • Information Technology Electives
    • Computer Applications
    • Computer Science Discoveries
    • Intro to Keyboarding
  • Industrial Education Electives (Bryant, Stout and Woodworth only)
    • Exploring Technology (6th grade)
    • Foundations of Technology (7th grade)
    • Applications of Technology (8th grade)