DRIVE One's History:
DRIVE One was founded as a 501(c)(3) in May 2012 by a Detroit-area high school auto shop instructor as a means to fill the skills gap following the 2008 Recession.
Over the last six years, DRIVE students have received national attention, beginning with the 2014 Grand National Roaster Show, where our ’31 Ford Roadster was the first high-school built car to compete for the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) Award.
Later, Our student-made-up Motorsports Team ranked as one of the Top 20 Street Stock race teams in the Country TWICE (2015 Great American Racing Series [GARS] Season and 2018 Championship Racing Association [CRA] Season). DRIVE One students and their projects have also competed at the Detroit and Cleveland Autoramas, the GoodGuys PPG Nationals in Columbus, the U.S Short Track Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway, toured the NASCAR Race Shops in Charlotte, North Carolina, and were featured in several articles ranging from MSN to Speedway Illustrated.
Overtime, DRIVE has expanded to include programs in
Welding/Fabrication and Transportation Design, with both
programs being crowned as State Champions at the Michigan
Industrial Technology Education Society (MITES) State Finals
EVERY YEAR from 2015 to current.
In addition to success with project-based learning, DRIVE
partners with various organizations, including The Suburban
Collection, Dorian Ford, NAPA Auto Care, Roush Industries, and
others, to provide students with apprenticeships while still in
high school. DRIVE One also partners with various sponsors
such as Axalta Coating Systems, Ingersoll-Rand, Fiat-Chrysler
Automobiles, and over 20+ others to provide students with
valuable experiences, including extra-curricular activities and
After years as an after school program, 2021 will see DRIVE One launch its own fully-accredited public high school in-partnership with Ferris State University.
In launching our own school, Drive One Career Technical High School will at-last help students prepare for the real world by providing them with the skills and high school diploma needed for success.
Additional information and background on DRIVE One's 501(c)(3) branch can be found by visiting www.driveone.net.
Why Launch Our Own School?
With over 100 years combined experience in education and the trade industry, our staff has seen first hand the importance a quality education has on a student's post-secondary success.
Since 2012, 100% of students who have engaged in DRIVE One programs have graduated high school with a diploma through tutoring and academic assistance. Of those graduates, 82% are currently employed in the trade industry, enrolled in a college/university, or serving in a branch of the armed forces.
With the right blend of dedicated core teachers, and proven Career Technical programs and resources, DRIVE One Career Technical High School can provide students with the best all-around education experience, from reading and mathematical competency, to career training and placement.
In addition to harnessing their skills and earning a diploma, DOTCTHS students will have opportunities to work on project cars, attend extra-curricular exhibitions, and find career placement through community partnerships with these great organizations: