2020 continues to be ALL VIRTUAL. In-person Learning Labs continue 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

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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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Administration Staff


Karl Khoury

Assistant Principal

Dima Walters
Assistant Principal


Madeline Michalik
Mercy Servio

Data & Program Analyst

Avery Gaden
Data & Program Analyst


Heather Malnofski
Michelle Mirkes

Calendar & News

First Day of School

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

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Free High School Diploma and College Tuition for Adults in Essential Jobs

Through the Tri-County Educational Center (TCEC), adults working in essential industries or as frontline workers can earn a high-school diploma and qualify for FREE job-training programs or FREE community college. This program is supported by the Futures for Frontliners initiative. The program is open to anyone who

Futures for Frontliners. Free tuition for essential workers.

TCEC always offers a free high-school diploma to all Oakland, Wayne, & Macomb County residents. TCEC also offers professional certificates to all students through the TCEC Workforce program. This additional funding from the State of Michigan offers even more opportunities and resources to children and adults seeking to improve their education and employment future. Learn more about TCEC and Professional Certification at GoTCEC.com


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Appllication deadline is December 31st, 2020. But, don't wait. Start moving toward your future today!

Free Live Tutoring Tool through Ferndale Public Library

The library subscribed to Tutor.com this fall, which offers free live tutoring on top of a bunch of other cool stuff.  Students can get access to Tutor.com with their Ferndale Library card.

Gain Study Skills with tutor.com.  Get organized, set goals, take notes, create better study habits, and learn research skills. Get one-to-one guidance from our expert Study Skills Coaches-FREE.

Curriculum Quarterly - October 2020

The latest FPS Curriculum Quarterly is now available. Our Curriculum & Instruction Department will be releasing a new issue 4 times a year that will briefly highlight areas of teaching and learning in Ferndale Public Schools. We look forward to sharing our programming overviews with you.  If you have questions, please contact Johanna Mracna at johanna.mracna@ferndaleschools.org.

This issue focuses on our literacy learning goals and methods, presented by grade ranges. Please take a look, and stay tuned for future issues introducing our other pillars of education.

Read the Curriculum Quarterly for October 2020 - Literacy and Our Students »

Click to view the Curriculum Quarterly for October 2020.

Nutritional Support Continues

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, lunch, supper & snack including milk. Vegetarian options are available upon request at curbside.

Special dietary needs and allergies will be accommodated, after a special form is filed with the Chartwells Food Service Office.

FMS exterior with glass awning

Learning Support Lab attendees are now receiving supper and snack at Ferndale Upper and Lower Elementary, in addition to breakfast and lunch. Children now go home with nutritious meals to be enjoyed daily!

This program receives support from the Children and Adult Care Food program to serve healthy meals to your children. For more information about the USDA nutritional standards used to guide meal preparation, please see the attached flyer.

OSTC Begins Hybrid Learning After November 5th

Beginning on Thursday, November 5th, Ferndale Schools students enrolled in Oakland Schools Technical Campus will be asked to attend on-site lessons on Thursday and Friday. The Monday–Wednesday will be asynchronous instruction.

  • Enrollment will be kept to half capacity.
  • Efforts will be made to maximize student and staff safety (smaller “bubble”)

Live ZOOM sessions/online instruction will no longer occur as of 11/5/2020 in each program (although pre-recorded content may be available.) Only asynchronous curriculum will be offered on off-site days.

Read the Letter from OSTC For more details, visit the OSTC section of our Building Info page in the Returning to Learning Hub.

OSTC Building Info Page

"Safe For School" Hotline from Oakland County Health Department

Oakland Together has announced a new call-in tool offering guidance for parents and students. This telephone screening resource is available to assist parents in pre-screening and identifying potential illness in children prior to entering school buildings.

The hotline is supported by Beaumont, and all screenings are conducted by healthcare professionals. Hotline staff can help answer questions about COVID-19 symptoms, the need for testing, and what is considered high-risk.

COST: No cost for parents/guardians of Oakland County school-aged children
WHEN: 5:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Monday through Friday
October 12 - December 30, 2020

Call 248-551-4242 to reach the hotline.

Parent University: Personal Internet Security Tips

Mrs. Jeffrey has started a Parent University series where parents teach other parents about different subjects.  With students learning virtually right now, the first presentation was on personal internet security. You can view the video on YouTube by clicking on the image below.

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