U Prep Schools Pathway Programs provide scholars an engaged and unique learning opportunity taking them outside of the classroom where they experience hands-on and project-based learning to prepare them for college and career. Within U Prep’s Career Pathways is an immersion of exploration in unique career fields that are either in high demand, or lack gender and race diversity. A selected number of students are chosen for our pathways, and an accompanying partner – either a learning institution or an industry partner supports the area of study. Upon completion of requirements students leave with employable skills to enter into the workforce. Even with the year we have experienced in the pandemic and the many unknowns that have surfaced, our schools have remained committed to providing hands-on experiential learning to our scholars through our career pathways.

To learn more about U Prep’s Pathway Programs and the school campus where they are offered, click on the links below.

Amazon Future Engineers Computer Science (Gaming) Pathway

Offered at the University Prep Science & Math High School.

Also known as our Gaming pathway, Amazon Future Engineers offers students the opportunity to acquire skills in game development, graphic design, audio production, web design, and will build an original multi-player game. Students enrolled in this pathway will take courses in Python and JavaScript (computer programming languages for game development and design), Intro to Gaming and Multimedia Productions. Upon completion of this pathway students will have an opportunity to secure a $40,000 scholarship to a four-year college or university and paid internship with Amazon.

College for Creative Studies Bridge Program

Offered at the University Prep Art & Design.

Our students at University Prep Art & Design (UPAD) High School have the opportunity to be selected for the College for Creative Studies (CCS) Bridge Program, where they receive student mentors, summer programming, pre-college programming, dual enrollment, and college scholarships. The Bridge program serves as the pipeline for UPAD scholars to CCS prep for college admissions as well as full and partial scholarship opportunities.

Senior Mastery Process

Offered at the University Prep Art & Design High School.

As part of the graduation requirements at UPAD, seniors must complete The Senior Mastery Process, dedicated to allowing students to participate in self-discovery and personal development. Through this two-year discovery, students examine personal character traits and their effects on future goals. They establish goals and career exploration through a practical investigation of career opportunities, using various research methods. Included in this process is a second year, when students engage in a summer internship in an area of interest identified during year one. The final step, the Senior Defense, involves the students investigating a relevant problem within their career and developing a research question, that they later defend before a review panel of their peers, teachers and school leadership. Every student graduates with career development skills and a professional portfolio.

Ford Law Career Academy

Offered at the University Preparatory Academy High School.

This new four-year program launches in the fall of 2021 at the UPA High School. One of only two schools in the nation has been selected to offer this unique pathway program that will excite and empower students who want to prepare now for their future as a lawyer or explore legal career opportunities in a focused educational experience that includes; law-focused courses, job shadowing, support from lawyer-mentors, annual capstone projects, and more. Students will develop skills, mindsets, knowledge, and connections that all lawyers need for success. Students entering 9th grade can apply to this new program that is now offered at the UPA High School. 

Material Science & Advanced Manufacturing Pathway

Offered at the University Prep Science & Math High School.

At UPSM, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFTⓇ ), our Material Science & Advanced Manufacturing pathway partner provided home-kits to our scholars at U Prep Science & Math during the pandemic, and engaged in experimentation and exhibition through our online learning platforms. This empowered our scholars and required them to act as the demonstrators and scientists, leading lessons and performing the hands-on experiments in their own home. In this pathway, students travel daily from campus to the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFTⓇ ) Learning Lab – a $1 billion federally funded advanced lightweight materials center in the Corktown neighborhood of Southwest Detroit. Onsite, students participate in a two-part course learning experience, Material Science and Advanced Manufacturing. University Prep Science & Math High School (UPSM HS) invested in a comprehensive laboratory on the school’s campus to continue our hands-on approach to learning. Upon completion of all course requirements, students have the ability to apply for certifications in welding, CNC milling and troubleshooting programmable logic control systems.

Police Academy

Offered at the University Preparatory Academy High School.

This three-year experience is outlined as a course elective. It is designed to prepare students who have an interest in careers in law related fields. Students are introduced to Michigan Criminal Law and its applications, police procedures, police administration, criminal investigations, court procedures, first aid, CPR and the Criminal Justice System as a whole. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to enter the Detroit Police Academy.

Urban Ecology Pathway

Offered at the University Preparatory Academy High School.

In partnership with Michigan State University faculty, through this pathway students take part in case study learning at the Belle Isle Park and Nature Center focused on urban ecosystems and the environmental impacts of the urban jungle, urban forest Biogeochemistry, forest hydrology, waste management, clean and free energy, water purification, biodiversity and the impact of human development on Detroit’s green infrastructure. Courses include Introduction to Urban Ecology, Forest Landscape, and Inventory, Plants, Ecology and People. Students are also offered paid summer internships with Belle Isle Park. The goal is to prepare students for jobs in forestry, wildlife specialty, and federal positions with the Department of Natural Resources.

Zoology and Aquarium Studies Pathway

Offered at the University Preparatory Academy High School.

In partnership with the Detroit Zoological Society and the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Zoology & Aquarium Studies pathway at UPSM High continues to offer immersion in curriculum, derived from a model used at one of Michigan’s local universities, lectures from experts in genetics, virtual lab dissections, aquaculture case studies and internship opportunities. Through this partnership, students experience lectures from experts in genetics, virtual lab dissections, aquaculture case studies and internship opportunities.

Here’s how the Pathways Programs are preparing students for success.

U Prep pathways LIFT robotics student Dorian

“I like Robotics! The knowledge I have gained in my Robotics class and onsite work at LIFT will be valuable in my future aspirations to enter the medical field, specifically in my plans to help others by manufacturing robotic body parts.”

Dorian 9th grade Robotics/Intro to Engineering (LIFT)

Click Here to view the LIFT/U Prep: Mastering Manufacturing Webinar

U prep zoology pathways student Tatyanna

“My Zoology course has peaked my awareness to the similarities between animal and human anatomy. Our structures are similar; we both have a heart, brain and lungs. The concepts that I’m learning now will help me in my future field of study, physical therapy.”  

-Tatyanna 11th Zoology (Detroit Zoological Society Partnership)

University Prep Police Academy

“The University Prep Police Academy offers valuable life lessons. I aspire to be a lawyer and the academy provides me with a good foundation for my educational journey.”

Ariel (Center) 10th Grade Police Academy

U Prep Pathways amazon gaming student Dwayne

“This class is so much fun! We learn about the industry, and genre of a game and how they work.  This class is preparing me to go into the gaming industry.”

-Dwayne 12th grade Gaming/Amazon Partnership