West Bloomfield High School recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the school’s new Lawrence Technological University (LTU) Tech Hub.
The high school and LTU have a six-year history of collaboration in several capacities, including dual-enrollment classes, internships, summer training sessions for West Bloomfield High School teachers, and special programs for West Bloomfield students interested in engineering.
The 653-square-foot Tech Hub will provide distance learning opportunities – classes taught by Lawrence Tech professors and West Bloomfield teachers, both via videoconferencing and in person – as well as with mathematics tutoring, special classes and events, and admissions counseling.
Pat Watson, WBHS principal said, "The goal is to create as much opportunity as possible for students to consider multiple career pathways, including some they may not have considered before. Our partnership with LTU allows students to participate in exceptional, real-world learning, and further differentiate their learning experiences, all while still in high school."
Lisa Kujawa, LTU assistant provost for enrollment management, called Watson “an extraordinary leader who has developed a unique and innovative experience for his students and teachers” through the Tech Hub and other efforts. She predicted that the relationship between LTU and West Bloomfield High “will last for a very long time.” And, she added, Lawrence Tech was currently planning additional activities and programs for the space.