Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Smiles, support and celebration!

On Tuesday, October 14, 2014 the ACE Academy – Woodward Place held its Dedication Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting Celebration.  The newest project for edtec central, LLC and the ACE Academy Board of Directors, the new center in Highland Park, Michigan will service former students of ACE Academy, along with other community youth, enabling them to continue on the path towards graduation and earning a high school diploma after they complete the Spectrum Juvenile Justice Services (SJJS) program.  Distinguished guests from Central Michigan University, SJJS, Spectrum Human Services, the Highland Park Fire Department, members of team edtec and community and business leaders from Highland Park joined to celebrate the opening of the new school and show their support for its future success.

Dr. Anna Amato, ACE Academy founder and president and CEO of edtec central, kicked off the ceremony by thanking everyone for their role in helping to bring the vision of the Center into reality. Sharing her sentiments, she said “Through countless and humble acts by so many, without needing to name anyone in particular, this Center will provide a much-needed nurturing place where youth can come to aspire, create and explore their innate desire to learn, grow and transition into adulthood.”

But the highlight of the evening was by far guest speaker and ACE Academy class of 2013 graduate, Curtis C.  His inspiring message to all those in attendance mirrored the purpose statement of ACE Academy – Woodward Place; to Aspire, Create, and Explore.  Curtis shared with us that he is working part time and plans to attend Henry Ford Community College this winter. 

As the rain poured outside of the newly renovated Woodward Place, so did the words of inspiration for our present and future students of ACE Academy – Woodward Place

The mission statement of ACE Academy, in partnership with youth serving agencies, is to re-engage youth in the active pursuit of self-improvement, interpersonal growth and educational development, within a climate where students, staff and stakeholders feel safe, secure and valued as individuals.  The Academy will encourage all students to excel to their highest potential, while providing them the support and tools needed to explore the infinite possibilities that learning and life has to offer. ACE Academy is authorized by Central Michigan University.

edtec central, LLC is relentlessly and enthusiastically focused on its core purpose: to create and sustain high quality, innovative and engaging educational opportunities for students. With its five core values at the center of all activities, edtec pursues its purpose through ethical, respectful and caring actions driven by cooperation and service to others.

For more information on ACE Academy – Woodward Place please call (313) 281-3500 or visit  For more information about edtec central, please call (248) 582-8100 or visit

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