From KidsCollege to College Credit Plus classes, Terra State has been a part of Brittany Ford’s childhood and teenage years. Now, as an international professional, she remembers Terra State being the head start necessary to launch her successful career.
Ford, a 2000 graduate of Fremont Ross High School, remembers enjoying American Sign Language classes through the Kern Center’s KidsCollege program when she was 12. A few years later, she enrolled as a CCP student. She continued taking classes and transferred her credits to Eastern Michigan University to word towards her bachelor’s degree.
In 2005, Ford graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History with a minor in psychology. She received a Master of Arts in International Educational Development from Teachers College at Columbia University in 2008. She is currently working towards completing a Certificate in Public Policy Analysis from the London School of Economics.
She chose Terra State to take CCP classes because it was a free option to put her in a mindset to start her education career after high school. Her parents are also alumni of Terra State.
“I found high school difficult but I loved the transition to greater independence when I went to Terra State,” said Ford, “…Terra State was a great on-ramp as I wasn’t a great high school student so it helped me transition to a higher pressure university environment.”
Ford served the Lucas County Commissioners office for seven years as a policy analyst and project manager. She helped develop the cross-sector local initiative for immigrant and refugee inclusion: Welcome Toledo-Lucas County. In 2019, she led a project for Lucas County to be the second county in the U.S. to become Certified Welcoming, an assessment for immigrant and refugee-serving best practices by national non-profit Welcoming America.
Ford currently works and lives in Germany, where she is a Bosch Transatlantic Fellow for Public Policy and Migration with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, a foundation within the Bosch Corporation. While living abroad through the nine-month program, she has studied German as well as is in the process of completing a research placement with the International Center for Policy Advocacy (ICPA), a Berlin based non-governmental organization. Her other experience includes non-profit administration and direct services in Toledo and New York City.
“My project with ICPA is to research best practices for public campaigns in Germany and Europe to reduce racism and Islamophobia at the city and local level. Similar to the U.S., Germany and Europe are seeing major demographic shifts due to migration and declining birth rates so there is a lot of work to do to support local communities towards inclusion and social cohesion of diverse groups,” said Ford.
ProgramCollege Credit Plus