Career center offering unique summer learning program

A hospitality teacher shows students how to cook a meal on the stove while students watch at Michael Berry Career Center.

High school students in Dearborn Public Schools have a unique opportunity to explore some career classes, earn high school credit, and possibly get a certification during a free summer program at Michael Berry Career Center.

Students can take hands-on classes in health sciences; information technology and computer programming; graphic design technology; business and marketing; culinary arts and hospitality; and criminal justice and law careers. Teens can potentially earn certification in areas like First Aid and CPR and Microsoft Office.

The sessions will run from June 28 to July 30 at MBCC, 22586 Ann Arbor Trail, Dearborn Heights.  Classes run face-to-face Mondays through Thursdays with asynchronous work from home on Fridays.  Students can choose between a morning session from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or afternoon session from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., or opt to enroll in both.

Each day students will start with a half hour lesson on a career and college readiness topics and then spend two hours in that week’s class. Students can pick one career area to explore or pick and choose from different topics each week ranging from yeast baking to graphic design to universal precautions with bloodborne pathogens.

“We feel this summer program is a great way for students to sample different career-technical education options, get to know our teachers and our program, and pick up a high school credit,” said John Bayerl, director of career and technical education in the district.

No homework will be assigned outside of Friday’s at-home lesson. Students who complete the courses will earn a half of an elective credit per session (up to a full credit if they attend both sessions).   The summer career program will be graded pass/fail.

To participate, students must be enrolled in the Dearborn Public School District.  Interested students can learn more on the MBCC website and go here to sign up

Edsel Ford, Fordson and Dearborn high schools will also be offering both core subject and elective classes for credit to students from June 28 to July 30.  Those courses will also be free to students, as long as they pass the class. Students should contact their home high school to learn more about those programs.

The Michael Berry Career Center program is being funded through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Act and is free to all students who will be enrolled at one of the Dearborn Public Schools’ high schools next year (2021-2022).