The so-called STEM learning disciplines – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – list among the hottest of recent topics regarding education in the US. And it’s no surprise; there’s no shortage of demand for US workers who can meet the demands of high-tech positions.
Ford Career Academies are one automaker’s response to that demand. In essence, Ford Motor Company partners with high schools around the United States, targeting municipalities in which the automaker has a manufacturing facility, and provides those schools with resources to help teach the STEM disciplines in the context of problems students might encounter working for Ford.
So far, there are four Ford Career Academies in total, in Volusia County, Florida, Louisville, Kentucky, and Utica, Michigan. But that number is soon to grow, with the planned addition of four more Ford Career Academies in Detroit. Those four additions will serve a combined 1,400 students, and by 2020, Ford hopes to have 20 such academies nationwide, serving some 7,000 students.
Says Ford HR Group Vice President Felicia Fields: “These academies are an innovative way to invest in our future workforce. Not only do they help students make the connection between classroom learning and a career, they address our need for workers with strong technical backgrounds.”