2020 will begin ALL VIRTUAL. In-person Learning Labs will be available for students Mon-Thurs.

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Tri-County Educational Center

Tri-County Educational Center (TCEC) is an innovative middle & high school for alternative students ages 11 - 21 and adult students aged 22+. We offer a free, accredited High School Diploma from Ferndale Public Schools to all students in Wayne, Macomb & Oakland County. Graduate on your terms! Anytime. Anywhere.

Online Courses 

Whether you are looking to Recover Credits or Self-Direct your path to your diploma, our online courses enable learning your way.

  • Earn your diploma faster than anywhere else
  • Online Course Options
  • ​Night School Options
  • Credit Recovery
  • Self-Directed Learning


On-Site Learning Labs

Our Ferndale campus is conveniently located in Detroit's nearest northern suburb. Serving students in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb Counties, TCEC offers an alternative to traditional education, with online courses and on-site learning support options. Offering our students online coursework and on-site teaching and mentoring, TCEC creates an environment where teachers really care and students really learn.


Career Support

TCEC is committed to your success, in high school and beyond.

Career Counselors

Our career counselors will help you get hired FAST!  Get interview prep, job skills, certification & experience while you learn.

  • Direct Pipeline to work through MIWorks
  • Career Counseling
    • Write your resume
    • Learn Interview Skills
    • Discover High Demand Jobs in Growing Industries

Contact our Career Readiness Counselor, Pam Bellaver, for more info »

Free Certified Endorsements: Learn More, Earn More

Get a FREE certified endorsement in one of these growing industries with our new TCEC Workforce program.

  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction Trades
  • Healthcare

TCEC Workforce logo 

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Resources You Need to Succeed

TCEC is not a charter school, or a for-profit business. We are part of Ferndale Public Schools, and we care about helping all the members of our community. 

One-To-One Technology

We offer laptop computers and WiFi cards to every student, to make online learning easy and accessible.

Educational Mentors

Our student counselors can help you through all of lives challenges and help you succeed in achieving your educational goals.

On-Site Career Support Services

Explore career opportunities, Practice resume building, get interview tips and more right here.


Core Curriculum

High School Completion

This is a chance for anyone to complete their high school diploma. We have traditional and on-line courses during the day, afternoon and evening. It is never too late to get your diploma and move on to the dreams you have set for your life.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Caring teachers will help you to improve your reading, writing, and math skills and provide computer support. Raise your confidence, learn new skills, and be proud of what you can accomplish.

English As A Second Language (ESL)

We offer ESL courses at Jewish Vocational Services in the evening from 5:30pm - 9:30pm  

                29699 Southfield Rd, Southfield. North of 12 Mile Rd.

 

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Teachers

Name
Building
Position
Phone
Bauer, Erika
Tri-County Educational Center
Teacher
248-586-8900 x4301
Danek, Doug
Tri-County Educational Center
Teacher
248-586-8900 x4302
Grand, Linda
Tri-County Educational Center
Teacher
248-586-8900 x4304
Kinnunen, Tricia
Tri-County Educational Center
Teacher
248-586-8900 x4305
Lovins, Christine
Tri-County Educational Center
Teacher
248-586-8900 x4306
Lovins, Joseph
Tri-County Educational Center
Teacher
248-586-8900 x4307
Mroczkowski, Matt
Tri-County Educational Center
Teacher
248-586-8900 x4310
Roy, Christina
Tri-County Educational Center
Teacher
248-586-8900 x4309
Wilbert, Benjamin
Tri-County Educational Center
Teacher
248-586-8900 x4311

DIRECTOR'S CORNER

Administration Staff

Principal

Karl Khoury
Principal
248-586-8612

Assistant Principal

Dima Walters
Assistant Principal
248-586-8904

Secretary

Madeline Michalik
Secretary
Mercy Servio
Secretary
248-586-8887

Data & Program Analyst

Avery Gaden
Data & Program Analyst

Counselors

Heather Malnofski
Counselor
248-586-8902
Michelle Mirkes
Counselor
248-586-8899

Calendar & News

  • 7 Oct
    • Count Day
      Date: Oct 7
      Calendar: Tri-County Educational Center
  • 14 Oct
    • SAT
      Date: Oct 14
      Calendar: Tri-County Educational Center
  • 14 Oct
    thru Oct 15
  • 16 Oct
  • 21 Oct
    • PSAT 09
      Date: Oct 21
      Calendar: Tri-County Educational Center
  • 29 Oct
    • PSAT 10
      Date: Oct 29
      Calendar: Tri-County Educational Center
  • 3 Nov
  • 25 Nov
    thru Nov 27

First Day of School

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

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Guidance for tracking assignments

We have put together some assistance for tracking student assignments in two virtual learning tools being used across the district: Google Classrooms and Canvas. You can find the guidance in the Returning to Learning Hub on the Distance Learning » Technology page.

You can also view the guidance on the webpage on the webpage linked below:

Assignment Tracking Guidance: Canvas & Google Classrooms

Meal Pickup Days Move to Monday & Thursday

Ferndale Schools continues to provide contactless meal pick-up for children throughout building closures. Pick-up is available at the FMS North Entrance at 725 Pinecrest Dr. (glass awning pictured below):

  • Monday
    • 9:00 am – noon
    • Breakfast and Lunch for Mon, Tues, Wed
  • Thursday
    • 9:00 am – noon
    • Breakfast and Lunch for Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun

Meals include breakfast and lunch including milk. Vegetarian options are available upon request.


Due to Labor Day building closures, meals intended for Tuesday (9/8/20) were given on Wed (9/2/20), in anticipation for the holiday. 

We will be open for service 9:00 am–Noon on Wednesday the 9th and Thursday the 10th for this week only.

FMS exterior with glass awning

Returning to Learning Webpage is Live!

We have set up a complete guide to returning to learning for this fall on our website. You will find helpful information, upcoming dates & times, and all the documents you need start distance learning on August 31st.

Visit FerndaleSchools.org/Return today!

New High School Principals

Ferndale Family,

It is with great excitement that I announce the hiring of Radhika Issac as the new principal of Ferndale High School and the promotion of David Gardner as the new principal of University High School.

With 20 years as an educator, Radhika brings experiences as a classroom teacher, curriculum coordinator, and administrator to Ferndale Public Schools. Leading with empathy to build meaningful relationships is what defines both her professional and personal focus. Radhika actively facilitates opportunities to grow equitable access to curriculum and instruction for all students, families, and staff. She has been a learner, leader, and advocate for social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in both at the district and county level.


"I am eager to join the Ferndale Public Schools family. I look forward to connecting with each student, family, and staff member at Ferndale High School as we continue to build a community that honors our history and culture. I will strive to support students and staff as we develop our purpose, create a plan, and find our passions," Radhika Issac, Principal, Ferndale High School.

David Gardner graduated from Ferndale High School and has been a leader at University High School for more than a decade, first as a teacher, then counselor, assistant principal, and now principal. David inspires everyone around him to be a better educator, colleague, mentor, and person. The meaningful and authentic relationships he establishes with students and staff have lead to significant increases in student academic achievement and growth at UHS.

"I am excited and prepared to continue working on behalf of the students, families, and staff of UHS and Ferndale Public Schools. I recognize the strong work ethic and innovative practices of the UHS team and pledge to support them as we continue our journey of equity through inclusive and relevant curriculum and instruction and meaningful socio-emotional practices. UHS is a special place and I consider myself fortunate to be given the opportunity to continue the growth of its student-centered culture," David Gardner, Principal, University High School.

Our Ferndale Family is incredibly lucky to welcome these outstanding educational leaders to their new roles.

Dania H. Bazzi, PhD

Superintendent, Ferndale Schools

Remind Replacing Q Communications

Starting on July 1st, Ferndale Schools will be transitioning to a new communication platform, replacing Q Communication with Remind.  While we understand how frustrating it is to learn a new system, this decision was made after careful deliberation and consultation with many staff and community members.  

What is Remind?

If you're not already familiar with Remind, it's a classroom communication tool that makes it easy to stay involved with your child's learning. Remind is free to use, and you'll be able to get and send messages on any device—even a simple text message from your phone!  Remind uses email, text, and telephone calls to help you communicate with individuals or groups quickly and safely.  Many staff, parents, coaches, and students may already be experienced in using Remind.

How does this impact me?

Families are automatically signed up to receive communication from their child's school, teachers, and Ferndale Schools. In order to receive emails, telephone calls, and even text messages, all you have to do is maintain your contact information and manage your personal preferences within our student information system, MiStar. Click here to update your contact information in MiStar.  If you do not remember your login information, please email mistarhelp@ferndaleschools.org.

As part of this rollout, official accounts will be created for all the educators, parents, and students in Ferndale Schools. Around the 1st of July, you'll receive an email or text message from Remind. All you need to do is follow the steps in the message to finish setting up your account. Watch a video demo here to see how Remind works »

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we roll out this new system. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask.

FREE 20 lbs of Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Boxes

In conjunction with Lighthouse, St David's Episcopal Church in Southfield will be distributing 20 lb boxes of fresh produce every Thursday through August. Boxes will contain potatoes, onions, celery, carrots, cabbage, apples and strawberries. The hours of the distribution are Thursdays,  9:30 am – 1:00 pm. The church is located at 16200 12 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48076.

Thursdays 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
St David’s Episcopal Church
16200 12 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48076

FHS Alum in Mission Control

2007 FHS graduate Katy Olesnavage, a Thermal Hardware Engineer for SpaceX, was on Mission Control for the Crew Dragon rocket launch. The rocket successfully delivered two astronauts to the space station. Way to go, Katy!

FREE Social Emotional Learning Support

 

During times of crisis, our students need extra support to process their emotions. The Michigan Cares Portal offers Michigan families and educators FREE digital lessons designed to help students in grades K-12 develop the skills required for social, emotional, and mental well-being. This portal will be freely available until the end of the 20-21 school year.

Register for Free

Topic covered include:

  • Mental health
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Goal-setting
  • Nutrition and wellness
  • Anger management
  • Social media use (pressures and responsible use)
  • Respect
  • And hundreds more!

Read More about Michigan Virtual's Social Emotional Learning