Career Fair speakers needed for Edsel Ford and Dearborn High

A woman speaks about healthcare careers during a Career Day at Fordson High in 2019.

Edsel Ford and Dearborn High schools are looking for representatives from different businesses and careers to talk to teens about different jobs.

Edsel Ford is holding its second Career Day on Feb. 10 at the high school.  Dearborn High’s career day will be Feb 24, 2022.

Speakers are needed from a broad cross section of careers to give students an overview of what different jobs entail, such as the work employees do, skill and education required for the job, and pay expectations.  

Dearborn’s three traditional high schools have all created Career Academies where students are encouraged to consider and explore different career options as they plan for life after high school.  A variety of careers from hands-on trades to those requiring advanced degrees are discussed.  Career Day is a chance for students to hear from different speakers to learn more about career options.  Each presentation lasts about 26 minutes. The schools would especially like interactive speakers who can talk to students about high-demand careers.

Those interested in speaking at Edsel Ford on Feb. 10, 2022 are encouraged to fill out this EFHS Career Day form. Those with questions can contact Summer El-Mubarak, Edsel Ford’s Career Academy Lead Teacher at elmubas@dearbornschools.org or at (313) 827-7296.  Career Day runs from 12:30 to 2:45 p.m.

Those who would like to participate at Dearborn High can fill out this DHS Career Day form or contact Jeehan Nasir, DHS Academies Lead Teacher at nasirj@dearbornschools.org or (313) 827-7802. The DHS career day is on Thursday, Feb 24, 2022, from 12:00-2:45 p.m.

Each high school allows students to pick from four broad Career Academies: business and hospitality; health sciences; public and human services; and industry, arts and technology.  

“We are seeking participation from multiple industry partners for each academy to come and share their career expertise with our students,” Ms. El-Mubarak said.  “We would like to give our students an opportunity to choose to hear from as many different professionals as possible.”

Freshman students will attend career day as they consider which academy to select to explore for the next three years.

Edsel Ford and Dearborn High each planned their first Career Days in 2020.  Edsel was able to hold its event, but schools closed due to the pandemic on the day DHS’s Career Day was planned. Fordson High School adopted the Career Academies model a few years earlier and has held several career days, with this year’s scheduled for Dec. 9, 2021.

“We believe that the career academy model is the best way to provide students with an awareness of their options and a purpose for their education as early as their freshman year of high school,” Ms. El-Mubarak said. 

Ms. Nasir agreed. 

“The career academy model raises student ambition and engagement,” Ms. Nasir said. “I believe that for students to have meaningful learning they need to intentionally explore their career options early on and be aware of all the programs and elective courses Dearborn Public Schools offers them. If students can see how these electives and programs and the skills which are taught in their core classes relate to their future careers they will be more motivated to make the most of high school.”