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UCS Pathways to Success
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UCS Pathways to Success was established 15 years ago by the Superintendent's Student Advisory Board to ensure families and students are aware of the opportunities, services and programs available to all Utica Community Schools students. By beginning a plan early, parents can set their students on a path that best fits their needs and interests. 

UCS Pathways to Success will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2022 from 6:00-8:30pm at Henry Ford II High School, 11911 Clinton River Rd. Sterling Heights, MI 48313. 

2022 Pathways schedule: 6:30-7:10pm session 1, 7:15 to 7:45pm session 2, 7:50 to 8:20pm session 3, 8:30pm UCS Foundation for Educational Excellence Scholarship Drawing

Information Booths featured at UCS Pathways to Success will include:

  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
  • Bemis Junior High School
  • Davis Junior High School
  • Eisenhower High School
  • Eppler Junior High School
  • FIRST Robotics
  • Gene L. Klida Utica Academy for International Studies
  • Henry Ford II High School
  • Heritage Junior High School
  • Jeannette Junior High School
  • Malow Junior High School
  • Office 365
  • Schools of Choice
  • Shelby Junior High School
  • Special Education
  • Stevenson Center for Manufacturing, Automation and Design Engineering (Stevenson MADE)
  • Stevenson High School
  • UCS Art Department
  • UCS Athletics
  • UCS Career and Technical Education
  • UCS Community Education
  • UCS Dual Enrollment
  • UCS Elementary Schools
  • UCS English as a Second Language (EL)
  • UCS Foundation for Educational Excellence
  • UCS Music Department
  • UCS School-to-Work (Co-Op) Program
  • UCS Virtual Academy
  • UCS Wellness: Supporting Social Emotional Health in Students and Families
  • Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology (UCMST)
  • Utica Center for Science and Industry (UCSI)
  • Utica High School
  • World Languages and Seal of Global Language


2022 Breakout Sessions
Beneficial to families with students in:  Δ  Elementary   Δ  Junior High   Δ High School

Δ  Get Set for Kindergarten
Learn how to prepare your child for Kindergarten. Topics covered include typical day, philosophy, and personalized blended learning model.
Δ  Get Set for Elementary School
Student achievement is the number one goal in Utica Community Schools, and the journey toward College and Career Readiness begins in elementary school. Topics covered include daily schedule, personal learning devices for students and more.
Δ  Get Set for Junior High School
Learn how you and your student(s) can prepare for the junior high experience. Topics covered include course selection, daily schedule, lockers, lunch and more.
Δ   Δ  Gene L. Klida Utica Academy for International Studies (GLK-UAIS)
GLK-UAIS is Utica Community Schools’ full-day International Baccalaureate Diploma Academy. This collaborative environment and the rigorous, comprehensive and internationally-minded curriculum challenge the learner to grow personally and academically.
Δ   Δ    Δ  UCS Art Programs 
Discover the elective art courses that are available at the junior high and high schools. Hear about careers for those with a passion for the Arts.
Δ   Δ    Δ  Assistive Technology
Using technology supports to maximize your educational experience. Explore accessibility features and tools to reduce learning challenges or obstacles you may experience.
Δ   Δ    Δ  UCS Music Programs
Learn more about vocal and instrumental elective music programs offered in junior high and high school.
Δ   Δ    Δ Special Education Transitions: Secondary and Beyond
The Transition Coordinator from UCS and agency representation from Michigan Rehabilitation Services shares information about preparing students with IEPs for the transition from high school to post-secondary education and employment options. Topics discussed include transition assessments, opportunities available in the high school setting to help students get ready for what’s next, and community agency resources to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Δ   Δ  Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology (UCMST) 
UCMST is designed for students who have an interest in mathematics, science, computer science and curriculum integrated technology. Students in this four-year program have one half-day of course work at their home high school including English, social studies and electives. Students are transported to the Instructional Resource Center for their mathematics, science and technology instruction.
Δ   Δ    Δ  Earn College Credit: Advanced Placement (AP) Opportunities 
Find out about Advanced Placement college-level courses that are offered at the junior high and high school level. Information will be shared on AP Testing and potential earning of college credits through AP courses.
Δ  Get Set for High School 
Discover the variety of learning opportunities and extra-curricular activities available in high school.
Δ  Elementary Technology 
Learn more about the educational technology available at the elementary level. 
Δ  Δ  Secondary Technology
Learn more about the educational technology available at the secondary level. 
Δ  Δ  School-to-Work 
Connecting classroom learning with work-based learning experiences, preparing students for the move from classroom to work site, supporting supervised on-the-job training, and helping students make career decisions.
Δ   Δ  Utica Center for Science and Industry (UCSI) 
UCSI students in this four-year program have access to work-based learning opportunities, including job shadowing, mentoring and work-site internships. Students focus on the Design Thinking Process and choose one of the three Career and Technical Education pathways: Multimedia Production, Mechatronics (Advanced Robotics Systems) or Engineering Technology. One half-day of course work will be at the students’ home high school.
Δ  Take a College Course in High School: Dual Enrollment 
Take a course at a local college or university and earn high school and/or college credit.  Application process takes place in ninth grade.  Featured schools: College of Creative Studies and Macomb Community College.
Δ  Get Set for College: A High School Action Plan
Develop your game plan of key tasks to prepare for college. Discussion on topics such as GPA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid Federal Assistance Financial Aid (FAFSA) application, resume, college application process.
Δ   Δ  Stevenson Manufacturing, Automation and Design Engineering (Stevenson MADE)
Stevenson MADE blends rigorous academic content with relevant, real world applications by making use of strong business relationships and post-secondary partners in the field of Advanced Manufacturing. All course work has project based learning with design thinking and problem solving at the core. This four-year program is open to Davis, Heritage, and Jeannette junior high school students scheduled to attend Stevenson High School. If additional seats are available, applications from other schools will be considered (internal transfer approval will be required for non-Stevenson feeder school students). 

NOTE: This webpage is to serve as a preview of the 2022 UCS Pathways event. The offerings listed throughout this webpage and the event schedule are subject to change. Updated 2/23/2022.