West Bloomfield School District Superintendent Gerald Hill, left, and Lawrence Technological University President Virinder Moudgil cut the ribbon on the LTU Tech Hub Jan. 10 at West Bloomfield High School.

West Bloomfield School District Superintendent Gerald Hill, left, and Lawrence Technological University President Virinder Moudgil cut the ribbon on the LTU Tech Hub Jan. 10 at West Bloomfield High School.

Photo provided by Daniel Durkin


WB High, LTU partner on Tech Hub

By: Kayla Dimick, Sherri Kolade | C&G Newspapers | Published January 17, 2019

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WEST BLOOMFIELD/SOUTHFIELD — West Bloomfield High School expanded its technology footprint with the opening of the school’s new Lawrence Technological University Tech Hub.

West Bloomfield High School and LTU officials’ six-year collaborative relationship of dual-enrollment classes, internships, summer training sessions and beyond has graduated to include the new 653-square-foot Tech Hub.

In addition to in-person classes, the Tech Hub will offer distance learning opportunities — classes taught by Lawrence Tech professors and West Bloomfield High School teachers via video conferencing.

West Bloomfield High School Principal Pat Watson said in a press release that the goal is to create many opportunities for students to consider a number of 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,” he said.

Lisa Kujawa, LTU’s assistant provost for enrollment management, said in the press release that Watson is “an extraordinary leader who has developed a unique and innovative experience for his students and teachers” through the Tech Hub and other efforts.

Kujawa said the partnership between the university and West Bloomfield High School has been going strong for 10 years.

“As the high school progressed, it progressed as to what type of high school they wanted to become,” she said. “We started working with them in a variety of ways.”

Kujawa said university faculty collaborated with West Bloomfield High School faculty to implement active collaborative learning and project-based learning in their classrooms.

“This is really all the leadership of the principal, and he has just embraced trying to teach his students in different ways to prepare them for the university world more than they have in the past,” Kujawa said.

The partnership goes beyond high school, Kujawa said; 48 percent of students who take dual-enrollment classes or partner with LTU end up attending the university.

“It’s definitely a win-win,” she said. “Those students are great students and have a high academic background and (are) very college-ready. That’s one of the reasons why we do these relationships, is so they look at us.”

Watson said the Tech Hub is about creating a “flexible learning space” in the high school, “which could highlight what we are doing.”

Watson added that the school, among many things, focuses on critical thinking, communication and collaboration.

He said that the movable furniture in the Tech Hub allows students to move and collaborate on projects.

“(It is) really great for our students to work with real professors,” Watson said.

“The projects we are working on is real world; we’re trying to see what they can come up with to solve real-world problems as opposed to ‘memorize this,’” he said.

For more information, go to www.wbsd.org/westbloomfieldhs.

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