Welcome to the Western Wayne Skill Center

  • Welcome to the Western Wayne Skill Center! My name is Patrick Mies and I am proud to be the principal of such a phenomenal school. Our goal is to provide students with outstanding educational experiences designed to maximize skills and independence.  Our “in-house” classes include Life Skills for Home and Work, Culinary Arts, Horticulture, Micro-Business/School Store, Auto Detailing, Landscape Maintenance, and Woodworking.  These classes help students learn work skills in simulated work environments within the school setting.

    We also offer a variety of Community Based Instruction, CBI, classes including Child Development at Jackson Center, Retail Services at Meijer, Civil Service Support at Livonia City Hall, Advanced Custodial at Madonna University, Community Work Experience (multiple locations), and Supported Transition Program (multiple locations). These courses afford students the opportunity to engage in work skills in actual work settings and we are grateful to our community partners for allowing us to use their place of business as our instructional environment.

    The Western Wayne Skill Center also provides students with opportunities to learn more about physical fitness and nutrition as well as opportunities to learn more about leisure and recreation options that are aligned with their interests. Most students attend Fitness and or Leisure and Recreation on a daily basis for 30 minutes in the morning and for 30 minutes in the afternoon. Some students do not participate in Fitness and or Leisure and Recreation as a result of the nature of their assigned class. In these cases, teachers provide students with this instruction while in the community setting.

    We proudly offer students a variety of fun activities including several school dances, an annual basketball tournament, a competitive basketball team that travels locally, and an annual Bowling Day. These events are very popular with students and our staff.

    Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our program. I am very proud of our students and staff and I feel honored to serve this school community as principal. If I can be of assistance to you in any way, please contact me!


    Patrick Mies

  • 10218 Arthur
    Livonia, MI 48150

    Phone: 734-744-2810

    Fax: 734-744-2811

    Daily Schedule

    7:20 a.m. - Student Drop-Off
    7:32-10:40 a.m. - AM Session
    10:40-11:10 a.m. - Lunch
    11:20 a.m. - 2:26 p.m. - PM Session
    2:26 - Student Dismissal

Our Mission Statement

  • Our mission is to provide instruction in the life roles of worker, family member, citizen, and recreation participant. Our goal is to prepare students to make choices leading to a healthy, satisfying, and productive lifestyle.

    The Western Wayne Skill Center is a special education center providing employability exploration and special education work experience.


Our Shared Vision

  • The Western Wayne Skill Center is a welcoming and safe school which promotes student growth towards independence and the achievement of personal goals in a respectful, caring, and motivating environment. We prepare students for adult life roles of family member, worker, recreation participant, and involved citizen, through increased community-based instruction, where active participation is encouraged. We are committed to helping students realize their potential through innovative teaching methods, and by challenging each student as we address their unique instructional needs. We emphasize cooperative learning and the development of decision making skills. We build positive, inclusive relationships with families, school case managers, care providers, and community service agents to promote collaboration. We monitor and assess post-completion student achievement and satisfaction in the four life roles, using a variety of assessment tools.