Case Study: Detroit Catholic Central High School

As schools embrace teaching with technology, many consider and adopt 1:1 technology programs and digital course materials. After DCC struggled with maintaining many publisher relationships and one easy way to deliver digital content to their students, they contacted MBS Direct. Now their students have the content they need before day one and a much easier way to get it.

Detroit Catholic Central High School Simplifies eContent Delivery and Use for Students

Disorderly digital content delivery

Since 1928, Detroit Catholic Central (DCC) High School has given 9-12 grade boys in the Michigan area a quality college preparatory education guided by their motto: "Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge." In the present day, the school's 1,100 students get a more modern twist on their education - as a 1:1 iPad school, educational apps and digital course materials are an important part of the school's curriculum.

Sourcing the materials from dozens of publishers and content distributors, and providing them to their students in a convenient low-cost package soon became a tall order, however.

"We used a lot of different systems to deliver our digital content to students, including making use of Amazon and a number of other publishers," said Craig J. McMichael, DCC technology integrationist and social studies teacher. "Some of those didn't work as well as others. It wasn't always a clean process distributing content to students so the students could get in and access it."

From access codes to partnership

DCC started working with MBS Direct on a trial basis to handle access code delivery to students. After seeing the difference in ability to find and deliver digital content, DCC began a full partnership with MBS Direct as its official course material fulfillment solution for the 2016-2017 school year.

MBS Direct did a nice job of picking up the pieces and providing streamlined digital content to both our students and teachers.

— Craig J. McMichael

“We found MBS Direct offered a solution where we could minimize a number of variables, including various publishers and accounts that our students will have to remember, while making sure our kids have their content so we can begin instruction.”

Not just eBooks

In addition to some physical textbooks, DCC students also received various iOS apps, access codes and other general digital educational content to complement their eBooks through MBS Direct.

"It's a one-stop shop," McMichael said. "Seventy-one classes used MBS Direct to get digital content in some way, shape or fashion. That allows us to have our own personalized bookstore portal where every student has the ability to go in, download their own digital content and not get bogged down or lost in other websites and variables."

The school also utilizes Direct Success, where DCC provides MBS Direct with its students' class schedules and students are automatically provided with the course materials they need.

"One of the unique features that sets our school apart is that our students don't see a textbook bill," McMichael explained. "We are providing that content for them as part of their education, so we want to make sure that it is delivered as seamlessly as possible through MBS Direct."

Detroit Catholic Central High School

  • FTE: 1042
  • Founded in 1928 with 260 students
  • 1:1 iPad program provides each student with their own iPad and digital course materials and apps

About MBS Direct

  • By bundling course material costs with tuition, Direct Success ensures students will have the right materials before classes begin, without having to place their own orders
  • Over 370,000 digital titles available for adoption, from eBooks to access codes to other digital materials
  • Streamlines access code setup for schools and delivery for students
  • 24/7 Customer Contact Center with email, live chat, phone and social media options