by Sarah Butrymowicz
summary by Public Education Newsblast
"In a profile of the Utica Center for Science and Industry (CSI) about an hour north of Detroit, Sarah Butrymowicz writes in The Hechinger Report that the high school uses technology to prepare students for automotive and military-industry jobs with a goal of boosting the region's economy and aligning with employers' needs. In other parts of the country, high schools treat college and career preparation as mutually exclusive, but Utica blends them, and CSI's model directly links skills students acquire with specific job needs of the community. Students must apply for one of 90 slots available each year for freshmen. Once enrolled, students spend three hours at CSI every day and three hours at their home high school taking other requirements. CSI offers electives in multimedia, engineering, or mechatronics (a mixture of mechanics, electronics, and computer science), with an emphasis on hands-on experiential learning. Post-secondary attendance is assumed; of the program's 120 graduates so far, nearly all have gone to college. Students can enter nearby Macomb Community College with up to a year and a half's worth of credits. In a new apprenticeship program by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for high school graduates, half of the slots have gone to CSI students"