Next Generation Learning FAQs

The Ford Next Generation Learning system is new to Muskegon Public Schools, and we are just the 5th school in the state of Michigan to be adopting this model. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions, and HERE is a link to many other questions we have received. 

In addition, feel free to submit your questions below.  

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We will be using the questions we receive to build this page with answers to what we do know now. As we are still developing what this model looks like at MPS, we will continue using questions as a base to stay on the same page with the vision during this process. 


Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) is the philanthropic non-profit arm of Ford Motor Company.

Ford NGL has helped districts over the past 20 years successfully transform their high schools from outdated “sit and get” classrooms to immersive learning environments.

Ford NGL will help Muskegon Public Schools learn from the experiences of other districts and give us access to many resources, including:

  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Staff Development
  • A Proven Planning Process
  • Professional Development

The Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) Framework is a three strand approach to transforming education.

Ford NGL mobilizes educators, local employers, and community leaders to prepare a new generation of young people who will graduate from high school ready for college, careers, and life –  prepared for success in our modern economy.

Three distinct, but interconnected strands comprise the Ford NGL Framework.

These strands enable whole communities to design and carry out a long-term plan for revitalizing and revolutionizing education.


Creating meaningful learning experiences that enable students to learn and apply academic, 21st century, and technical knowledge & skills to real-world challenges.


Maintaining career and interest-based academies, collaborative cultures, structures, and practices.


Engaging  educators, local employers, and community leaders in building then sustaining a transformed secondary school experience.

Muskegon Public Schools is guaranteeing Career Experiences for each of our students in grades 6th through 12th grade. These experiences start in 6th grade with a 9-week Design Thinking course, guest speakers in our identified Career Pathways for 7th graders, a Career Fair for 9th graders, and then in high school, courses are aligned to the students' chosen career pathway. 

These 3 Career Pathways are:

  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). Example careers include Engineer, Welder, Biochemist, Technology Professional, Forensic Detective. 
  • Health & Human Services. Example careers include: EMT First Responder, Teacher, Counselor, Nurse, Policeman, Doctor. 
  • Business & Leadership. Example careers include Entrepreneur, Financial Analyst, Sales Manager, Accountant, CEO. 

So far, the following business & community partners have been included in the Ford NGL adoption process:

  • Muskegon Family Care
  • Muskegon Career Tech Center
  • Muskegon Community College
  • Muskegon Community Foundation
  • Muskegon Chamber of Commerce
  • Muskegon Art Museum
  • Muskegon Area ISD
  • Shoreline Staffing
  • Poppen Program
  • City of Muskegon
  • Every Voice Counseling
  • Mavin Solutions
  • Consumers Energy
  • Baker College
  • Muskegon Fire Department
  • HealthWest
  • Junior Achievement
  • NBR Lab
  • Preferred Chrysler
  • Hackley Community Care
  • United Way
  • Dia Tribe
  • Taking Back Muskegon
  • Trinity Health
  • DTE Energy
  • Talent First
  • Best Credit Union
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Michigan State University
  • West Michigan Symphony
  • West Michigan Works
  • MPS Staff, Parents, Students
  • Community business people and philanthropists

And more!