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The UTOOLS-College Preparation Experience program is a yearly summer program that takes place at the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus, for a consecutive ten sessions.

UTOOLS-CPE is a hands-on experience, as participants learn from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Career Transitions, Inc., and business community leaders about the college application process, financial aid, career services, academic and personal success and more.


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Joy Douglas and Antoinette Wirth
Joy Douglas and Antoinette Wirth

Joy Douglas (left) and Antoinette Wirth (right) have been assisting youth in Foster Care for over 15 years beginning with CIAO (Creating Independence and Outcomes) in 2005.  CIAO was funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with Casey Family ProgramsOur goal is to guide those youth who were aging out of Foster Care to a life of independence—college, technical school, military, employment, etc.  For the past 6 years, we have offered the U-Tools – A College Preparation Experience in partnership with the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  Foster Youth ages 14-20 participated in the ten session program learning about career options, college access, financial aid, community resources, test taking skills, study habits, and the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens. 

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Big Thanks to MCAN for all the provided support for our UTOOLS Program! We couldn't have done it without you!

Before and after each session the foster youth are given a survey, that asks their agreement on their knowledge of college preparation. Some of the statements used were “I know about several resources that are available to help me be successful in college.”, which had a pre-survey agreement of 27% that later increased to 100% in the post-survey. Another statement example is, "I have clearly defined goals for what I want to accomplish in life", which had a pre-survey agreement of 64 %, that increased to 100% agreement in the post-survey. 

Office of TRIO Programs

229 - Fairlane Center North
19000 Hubbard Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126
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Phone: 313-593-5425
Fax: 313-593-5021

Office Hours

Sunday: Closed
Monday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: Closed