The Ford PAS program, an interdisciplinary high school program developed by Ford Motor Company Fund in collaboration with EDC, is the anchor of two new initiatives designed to help prepare students for careers in fields such as business, engineering, math, science, and technology. In Ohio, Ford PAS will be adopted statewide, and elsewhere, several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will provide the program for local high school students.
Ohio will use the Ford PAS curriculum as the core of its career and technical programs in manufacturing and other career areas, which currently enroll 23 percent of the state’s high school students. This fall, 15 Ohio schools will pilot the curriculum as the initial phase of the manufacturing technologies career field.
In the HBCU initiative, colleges will receive a small grant to support implementation of Ford PAS in one or more local high schools or approved alternative settings. These grants follow a successful pilot program last year in which seven colleges participated.
Ford PAS was developed jointly by Ford Motor Company Fund and EDC’s Center for Educational Resources and Outreach (ERO) and Education, Employment, and Community Programs (EEC).
Originally published on September 1, 2006