A country’s long-term, sustainable economic growth and development directly depend upon a strong educational infrastructure with no weak links along the learning continuum from K-12→College→Career. The last six decades have clearly shown that pockets of poverty with underperforming schools do not remain either isolated or few in number. Ignored and unheeded, pockets of poverty and poorly performing education systems can spread throughout communities regardless of their socio-economic standing, weakening in their midst the very fabric of economic development and security of grassroots communities. Yet today, nearly 50% of all high school students, worldwide, still drop out of school. The global cycle of public-school dropout students must and can end…
To assure that every student at every public school, worldwide, attains, 21st century skills, K-12→College→Career.
The Ford Program Timeline: 1994-2018
The John C. Ford Program, Inc. [Ford Program] was organized by leading professionals from the accounting, legal, business and educational communities.
The Ford Program obtained its 501(c)(3) IRS Determination Letter
The Ford Program was selected by Bank One Foundation, Bank of America Foundation, Chase Bank, Comerica Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank to develop Micro-Entrepreneurship Programs with training for adult minority business owners.
The Ford Program began to train K-12 youth, to develop the next generation of well-educated entrepreneurs and leaders from underserved communities.
The Ford Program was selected by the United States Department Of Commerce and awarded a Technology Opportunities Program [TOP] grant to develop a new applied-learning pedagogy at inner-city telecommunication centers, with programs and materials that motivate and accelerate the learning of IT skills in underserved K-12 students. Donations followed from Microsoft Corporation, Bank of America Foundation, Bank One Foundation, EDS Foundation, HP Foundation, and other private foundations.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation selected The Ford Program to establish Prototype Education TeleCommunities, which expanded the scope of The Ford Program’s applied-learning pedagogy and programs to include science.
The Ford Program’s Prototype Education TeleCommunities, originally developed under the Kellogg Foundation grant, expanded internationally and become known as the Global Education Initiative [GEI Project].
The Ford Program-GEI Project received one of the largest grants that Microsoft Corporation awarded to any US-based NGO. Additionally, in 2004, The Ford Program received an unsolicited donation from Microsoft Corporation [The United Nations was the other organization to receive a 2004 unsolicited Microsoft donation.]
The Ford Program-GEI Project developed 54 applied-learning STEM Programs, and trained and tested its pedagogy, programs, and materials on 12,000 primary-middle-high school students and teachers in underserved communities of 7 countries: South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, India, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and the United States. Students collaborated, worldwide; produced Student Science Business Plans as their real-world work products; and presented their Science Business Plans to international panels of science-engineering experts.
The Ford Program-GEI Project finalized development of 83+ STEM Entrepreneurship iLAB Programs, Materials, and Templates, with multimedia materials that incorporate 21st Century Skills; embedded links to on-demand training, mentoring- follow up, and science web videos by international experts for teachers and students, and Ford Program’s interactive, applied-learning pedagogy to motivate underserved youth and accelerate their learning of STEM-21st Century Skills, K-12→College→Career.
The Ford Program-GEI Project worked with international educators to develop the Global Education Transformation Business Plan,, a new model for education transformation to bridge the K-Career gaps and deliver excellence in education to every public school, K-12→College→Career. The Ford Program received recommendations and guidance from the following international educational organizations:
African Virtual University;
Indian Department Of Information Technology
The SENA, Colombia, Latin America;
Education NGOs in Africa, India , Latin America and the United States;
School administrators, principals and teachers, primary-middle-high school.
The Ford Program-GEI Project added 100+ MultiMedia Science eBooks with substantive science content researched from over 6000 web pages of leading international experts, and embedded links to training, mentoring and follow up, and science web videos by international experts.
The Ford Program-GEI Project developed its MultiMedia Training E-Data Center with 17 custom-produced videos for STEM Education-21st Skills’ Training for public school teachers and students, K-12→College→Career.
The Ford Program-GEI Project developed another 30 MultiMedia Science e-Books and another 20 MultiMedia STEM Entrepreneurship iLAB Programs, in collaboration with leading international engineering firms and academicians from Asia, Europe and the United States.
Developed 8 new MultiMedia Science eBooks and updated all 138 MultiMedia Science e-Books to apply relevant Biology, Chemistry and Laws of Thermodynamics to the main science field of study.
Upgraded all MultiMedia Science e-Books with MultiMedia Curricula Lesson Plans and all MultiMedia STEM Entrepreneurship iLAB Programs
To Train the Next Generation
The Ford Program is committed to donate MultiMedia STEM Education Materials directly to Governments, States and Regions, worldwide, for the public schools, K-12→College→Career.