The Series

A joint project from Detroit Public Television and Chalkbeat Detroit, Ready or Not is a multi-platform docu-series that follows four Detroit high school graduates – Marqell, Demetrius, Kashia, and Joe – as they embark on their first year of college. 

The Students

Marqell – Cody High School c/o 2019, Michigan State University

Demetrius – Jalen Rose Leadership Academy c/o 2019, Central Michigan University

Kashia – Jalen Rose Leadership Academy c/o 2019, Michigan State University

Joe – Cody High School c/o 2019, Davenport University

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From Chalkbeat Detroit

Joseph Thomas was alone in his dorm room.

Perhaps that’s why his mind was racing. Why he couldn’t stop thinking about the future. He kept going over all the steps he needed to take over the next four years at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to achieve his dreams: a successful football season, a professional sports career, a practical backup plan.
 
Published September 18, 2019

She’s scheduled office visits with her professor. She’s asked the teaching assistants for help. She’s dropped into the math learning centers.

But still, despite excelling in her other classes, Marqell McClendon has struggled in the remedial math class she’s taking during her first semester at Michigan State University.

 
Published November 15, 2019
Lori Higgins

Lori Higgins

Bureau Chief, Chalkbeat Detroit

Chalkbeat Detroit bureau chief. Former Detroit Free Press education writer. Music lover. Maker of bags. Native Chicagoan. Die-hard Cubs fan. 

Angela N. Brown

Angela N. Brown

One Detroit, Detroit Public Television

Detroit PBS digital producer. Former educator. Lover of Jodeci, Chuck Taylors, and moleskine notebooks. Native Detroiter. Go Tigers.

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About Us

WTVS Detroit Public Television is the viewer-supported PBS member station serving the nation’s 11th largest television market. Our vision is for a community in which people trust public media to help them discover new ideas, make informed decisions, and enjoy enriched lives.

Chalkbeat Detroit is part of a national nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education.