first-ever All DPS High School/Career Tech Centers Fair, Jan. 18
Detroit Public Schools on Saturday, January 18, 2014
will hold its first-ever All DPS High School/Career Tech
Centers Fair during the district’s new Winter Retain and
Gain Campaign. The event, to be held at Renaissance High
School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will showcase the offerings
at all DPS high schools and Career Technical Centers.
The district’s elementary and middle schools will also hold Open
Doors Day on Wednesday, January 15 from 3-5 p.m. at every
Both events, part of the district’s new year-round marketing
strategy, seek to build on the positive momentum gained from the
district’s successful Summer Enrollment Campaign, which stemmed
historic enrollment losses and helped schools to gain market
The high school fair will have a number of exciting elements,
including information about specialty programs and career
pathways, as well as scholarship information. It will also
showcase details about the district’s new Career Academy,
where high school students can earn a comprehensive high school
diploma, associate's degree through Henry Ford Community
College, heavy machine operator certification and a paid
internship through coursework in plumbing and pipefitting, HVAC,
electricity, carpentry, masonry, horticulture and interior
This new program will begin in September 2014 and include a
four-week summer “bridge” program in June at the restructured
A. Philip Randolph Technical High School. All Career
Technical Centers will showcase their unique offerings,
including culinary programs and construction trades courses.
The new Career Academy program includes high school and adult
education components. The adult ed program will provide career
and technical skills training in the construction trades which
include HVAC, carpentry, electrical and masonry for students 18
years or older. The program will run three hours, four nights
weekly from January-June 2014, is free to students who have
completed the GED, and includes free transportation. Both high
school and adult level programs will be located at the
restructured Randolph location.
Opening the Career Academy is a key first phase objective of the
new DPS five-year Strategic Plan, that was developed after an
intensive five-week strategic planning process involving
parents, students, teachers, principals, staff, clergy, civic
and community leaders and policy makers. Their input is being
used to help Detroit Public Schools improve its performance and
customer service, broaden services, and provide desired
programs, all within a safe learning environment.
Special giveaways at the High School/Career Tech Fair include 40
drawings for $20 WalMart gift cards and one $200 drawing for a
Target gift card; 10 drawings for School Supply Baskets; a set
of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones courtesy of Office Depot; and a
Playstation PS4 game console, courtesy of ABC Warehouse.
The event will be emceed Dr. Darrius of Radio One. Radio One
also will sponsor a cupcake station for guests with a special
DPS-themed cupcake. The DPS Office of School Nutrition will
showcase its special healthy food offerings.
The elementary and middle school Open Doors Day on January 15
will feature school tours and specialized itineraries at each
site. Representatives will be on hand to talk about the unique
offerings in DPS, including the new elementary and middle school
sports program, high quality PreKindergarten, the addition of
arts or music programs at every elementary/middle school, and
new Community School programs, where schools will offer
specialized community-based services and extended hours. All
elementary and middle schools will repeat their open doors event
for public tours on Wednesday, January 22 from 3-5 p.m.
For more information, please call 313 240-4377.