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UCS Career and Technology Education academy honored as one of Michigan’s best programs
UCS Career and Technology Education academy honored as one of Michigan’s best programs
Posted on 02/12/2020
Compilation of photosA Utica Community Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) academy that provides students a direct link to high paying jobs has been honored as one Michigan’s best educational programs. 

The Stevenson Manufacturing, Automation and Design Engineering (MADE) Academy has been recognized with a 2020 Education Excellence Award from the Michigan Association of School Boards and the SET SEG Foundation. 

“Through programs such as Stevenson MADE, Utica Community Schools is preparing students for the high paying jobs that are driving this region’s economy,” Superintendent Dr Christine Johns said. “We work closely with business leaders to give graduates the skills that are critical to employers, such as problem solving, the ability to work in teams, and direct experiences with business-grade equipment and technology. 

“I want to congratulate the Stevenson MADE administration and teachers for the difference they are making in the success of our students,” Dr. Johns said.  

Stevenson MADE students are immersed in the Design Thinking Process (empathy, define, ideate, prototype, and test) through projects in small learning communities. 

Each core class – mathematics, social studies, English and science – use similar strategies that connect the subject area to the academy’s pathways of fabrication, automation and design engineering. 

When they finish, a Stevenson MADE graduate will have completed multiple work-based learning experiences and possess industry credentials, such as articulated college credit and a clear post-secondary plan.  

Stevenson MADE was developed with business leaders to meet the needs of the highly-skilled manufacturing jobs that are in the center of the region’s automotive, defense and health care industries. Recently, the U.S. Bureau of Labor found that Macomb County had the largest increase in manufacturing employment from 2016 to 2018. 

This year, the SET SEG Foundation awarded $2,500 grants to 10 extraordinary Michigan public school programs. Education Excellence Award recipients receive a $2,500 check to grow their program, an “Education Excellence Winner” road sign and a trophy.