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Pathways and Work-Based Learning with United Way


NAF Overview:

NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure high school students are college, career, and future ready. NAF’s educational design ignites students’ passion for learning and gives businesses the opportunity to shape America’s future workforce by transforming the learning environment to include STEM infused industry-specific curricula and work-based learning experiences, including internships.


Linked Learning Overview:

Linked Learning is a successful approach to education based on the idea that students work harder and dream bigger if their education is relevant to them. The Linked Learning approach integrates rigorous academics that meet college-ready standards with sequenced, high-quality career-technical education, work-based learning, and supports to help students stay on track. For Linked Learning students, education is organized around industry-sector themes. The industry theme is woven into lessons taught by teachers who collaborate across subject areas with input from working professionals, and reinforced by work-based learning with real employers.


Dr. Derschaun Brown is the Work-Based Learning Director for the finance career pathway at Osborn High School. Dr. Brown’s career in education spans over 20 years of dedicated service to young people in the Detroit community. Her passion is connecting classroom learning to real-world opportunities through work-based learning experiences.  She works diligently to engage business and community partners to assist in this important work that fuels learning and turns on the lightbulb for so many students. Dr. Brown firmly believes that every child can be successful and her unwavering commitment to that belief inspires others around her to join in her mission to equip students with the necessary tools to reach their full potential in life.


Signature Programs for the Finance Pathway:

  • Annual Job Shadow Day
  • Lenova Scholarship Competition
  • Junior Achievement (Finance Park)
  • Detroit Economic Club Leadership Development Program
  • Shark Tank Competition
  • Quicken Loans “The Network Program”
  • Startup Engine Detroit  


DeAndrea Rogers is a Work Based Learning Director with the College and Career Pathway team as of January 2018. “DeDe” as she is known has over a decade of experience and expertise in the field of education, in Kansas City and Detroit. My passion is working with different programs that will impact the lives of others in a positive life altering way. Ms. Rogers operates with a modicum of professional grace and relentless zeal in all she does, her verve is infectious and impactful.


Signature Programs for the Hospitality and Tourism Program:

  • Annual Job Shadow Day
  • The Networking Affair (collaboration with DSA)
  • Speed Networking Round Table Discussion
  • Work Site Tour - Shinola Hotel/Chartreuse Restaurant
  • Dinner with the Ambassador of Israel
  • Quicken Loans “The Network Program”
  • International Day of the Girl


Signature Programs for the Engineering Program:

  • Annual Job Shadow Day
  • Tour to the Aeronautics/Aerospace – Visioneering
  • First Robotics Competition & World Championship
  • Manufacturing in America
  • Quicken Loans “The Network Program”