It is going to be an exciting year for our Career and Technical Education Department at Ecorse Community High School. Last year we launched our State of the art Automotive Tech program with a grant from the Margaret Dunning Foundation. This is a 1-2 year program where our students can get their state certification in year one and their advanced ASE certification in year two. Students have successfully repaired over 30 vehicles this year.
We have a fully licensed certification training Cosmetology program here at Ecorse HS. The students are eligible to take the Natural Hair Cultivation licensing exam after one year/400 hours. We’re excited to open our Student Salon in October. Last year our students showed off their talents by doing all of the hairstyles for the CTE Showcase hair and fashion show.
Speaking of fashion, our fashion design class started off creating patterns for and sewing masks at the beginning of the year to designing and sewing beautiful gowns by the end of the year for the CTE Showcase. We can’t wait to see what they create this year!
Last year our Radio and TV and Graphic and Print classes completed google certification training and our advanced students will be Adobe certified this year. They have acquired a strong knowledge base for their prospective industries. Our Graphics student will begin taking Tshirt, flyers, and obituary orders in October as well.
Our Certified Nursing program has graduated many high school students, three of which have already gone on to test for their certification and passed. Many have jobs lined up with doctors’ offices and hospitals. This program will migrate to a 6-week after-school program for the 2022-2023 school year.
Another new exciting after-school offering will be Culinary Arts! More to come on this exciting program.
We are excited to announce our Mechatronics and Robotics program for the 2022-2023 school year! Many students who are interested in STEM have already signed up for this new course offering. Successful completers of this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) based, the 2-year program will gain foundational knowledge and skills in the high-demand, multidisciplinary area of mechatronics. “Mechatronics” comes from combining the words mechanical and electronics, though it actually also includes computer controls.
Mechatronics integrates principles from four engineering disciplines: electrical, mechanical, computer, and industrial. Thus, students will learn about robots, machines, electronics, hydraulics & pneumatics, electrical motor controls, sensors, computer-aided design (CAD), programming, programmable logic controls (PLC), diagnostics, computer numeric control (CNC), and other topics that together form the basis of “smart” devices used in robotics and advanced automated systems. This important knowledge is needed not only by highly skilled technicians who help install, program, troubleshoot, and fix problems, but also by engineers who plan, design, develop, or otherwise work with complex mechatronic systems.