By Dr. Charlene Mallory
Ecorse Schools CTE Director 

Ecorse Community Schools received a $50,000 grant

Margaret Dunning Foundation supports their Automotive Technology Program


Automotive Technology is a career path for Ecorse students

On April 1, 2024, Ecorse Community Schools' Automotive Technology program received a $50,000 grant from the Margaret Dunning Foundation to support the perpetuation of their program. Through Ecorse Career and Technical Education (CTE), secondary school students can begin preparing for college and the workforce early on. You will discover the practical applications of fundamental academic subjects like science, math, and writing in CTE programs. As a CTE student, you can take part in practical training within your program of choice and obtain practical experience through internships and job shadowing. Numerous programs give you the chance to obtain nationally recognized credentials that you can use to launch your career right out of high school or to help you find employment that will cover the cost of your college education!

Our Automotive Technology program is a mirror and simulation of an actual "Auto Shop". Students learn about automotive history, and receive hands-on training, field trips and practical experience in car diagnostics, car repair, and car maintenance. Receiving the Margaret Dunning grant has afforded Ecorse Community Schools the opportunity to create, implement and grow an Automotive program aligned to industry standards. The program is open to both males and females in grades 10-12, and students are strongly encouraged to see their counselor for scheduling.

About the Margaret Dunning Foundation

The Margaret Dunning Foundation was founded by Ms. Dunning in 1997. She was born in 1910 in Redford Township, Michigan, and moved with her mother to Plymouth, Michigan in the 1920s. During her lifetime, Ms. Dunning was a successful businesswoman, philanthropist, and civic booster. She was a major supporter of many Plymouth nonprofits, including the Plymouth District Library and the Plymouth Historical Society. In addition to her personal philanthropy, Ms. Dunning was a classic car enthusiast and was a regular participant in the Woodward Dream Cruise with her 1930 Packard 740 Roadster.

Ms. Dunning died in 2015 at the age of 104. Her estate provided additional funding for the Margaret Dunning Foundation, which continues to support her charitable interests and legacy. For more information:

For more information about Ecorse Community Schools CTE programs, please contact Ecorse High School at 313-294-4700.


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