Westside Christian Academy in Detroit Welcomes Two Guests From the US Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to Their Master Class Series

High school students at Westside Christian Academy were glued to their seats listening to speakers Valentina Seeley, Community Relations Regional Director for the Department of Homeland Security, and David Alley, Special Agent for ICE.

The two officers spoke to the students as a part of Westside’s Master Class Series, which focuses on a STEM education. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The Master Class Series is held on the last Thursday of every month at the school.

Henry Wells III, Principal and Head of Westside invites high powered executives from a variety of STEM-related fields to speak to the high school students about career opportunities available to them if they concentrate their efforts on an education in STEM.

I think it's important for students to be able to see what opportunities lie ahead for them if they broaden their horizons and pursue careers in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Those careers are what the government has to offer.

David Alley, Special Agent for Homeland Security

“Guest speakers continue to give our students valuable insight into why they need the STEM skills to compete in the real world,” said Mr. Wells.

Ms. Seeley spoke about the importance of students staying in school and getting an education. She told the students her own personal story about being an immigrant and coming to America at 11 years old. “We did it the legal way, we followed the legal process,” she stressed.  “I went on to get a law degree and eventually work for the government in the Department of Homeland Security and ICE.

Ms. Seeley, who is responsible for supporting law enforcement, told to the students how fortunate they are to live in a free society like America and that law enforcement officers are out there every day putting their lives on the line to protect our country and that freedom.

Special Agent for Homeland Security, David Alley also encouraged the students to stay in school and study the STEM subjects to take advantage of the many job possibilities in law enforcement. 

“I think its important for students to be able to see what opportunities lie ahead for them if they broaden their horizons and pursue careers in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” Mr. Alley told the students. “Those careers are what the government has to offer.”

“I’m really excited about your future,” Ms. Seeley added, acknowledging the many career choices students of today will have in Law Enforcement and Homeland Security.  


Westside Christian Academy is a beacon of hope providing children a holistic, Christ-centered education in a loving community. Founded in 1994, Westside Christian Academy is located at 9540 Bramell Street on the western edge of Detroit.  Westside Christian Academy is led by Mr. Henry Wells, Campus Principal, and Head, and is supported by a board of directors dedicated to excellence. Graduates of Westside can be found in colleges and universities, the military and various careers such as business, education, ministry and law enforcement. 313-255-5760, www.westsideca.org 


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