Launch U Resources

We are excited by the interest in Launch U, the new early college program focused on skilled trades, which will begin during the 2017/18 school year, by education partners.  You’ve asked for a few resources so you can feel more informed when speaking with student and parent/guardians.  We’ve heard your call and wanted to share a few things:

  • Counselor’s CornerWe’ve created a Counselor section on the LaunchU.KentISD.org webpage. It is located on the left-hand side of the page.  We are hopeful that placing useful information here will make your job easier.
  • Educator FAQ’s – We’ve collected the questions you’ve been asking and placed them into a FAQ document. We’ll update this document as needed.
  • Counselor Chat – We’d love to provide a space where Counselors can ask questions about Launch U. We know that you are in the midst of scheduling and we want to honor your processes.  On Wednesday, March 21st at 1:00 PM we will be hosting an online chat.  Please sign up indicating your interest and we’ll let you know the login details.
  • Student/Parent Information Session – We hope to announce additional student/parent events soon. We have a few employer partners checking on facility/staff availability.  As soon as this are solidified, we’ll get the details to you ASAP.

Free education and interviews – what?

CONSTRUCTION CAREER JUMP START SCHOLARSHIPS

 

The Construction Workforce Development Alliance (CWDA) is offering full-tuition scholarships for the 2017 Construction Core Jump Start Program. In its fourth year, the 2017 Jump Start Program is an intensive 17-day training program open to students aged 18 – 24.

The Jump Start program is based on the ABC Western Michigan Construction Core program which teaches basic construction skills including construction math, hand/power tools, and basic blueprint reading. Graduates earn a 10-hour OSHA card, rough-terrain forklift license, First Aid/CPR card, and lead and asbestos awareness.

At the conclusion of the training program students are offered a minimum of two job interviews with CWDA association member companies who are eager to hire entry-level professionals.

The Jump Start program positions students who complete the training  with the basic skills necessary to work in the construction industry.

CLASS SCHEDULE

Wednesday, June 7 – Friday, June 30, 2017

Monday-Thursday 7:30a.m. to 3:30p.m. Friday 7:30a.m. to 11:30a.m

SCHOLARSHIPS

100% full tuition scholarships available to 18-25 year-olds. Recipients determined based on interest in the construction industry and not on academic achievement.

DOWNLOAD THE CONSTRUCTION CAREER JUMP START APPLICATION HERE

Due Friday, April 22, 2016

SWE Freshmen Scholarships Deadline May 1

 

SWE Freshmen Scholarships Deadline May 1

Apply now for Society of Women Engineers’ scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. Collegiates who will be freshman can apply online through May 1, 2017.

The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women studying baccalaureate or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. In 2016, SWE disbursed 230 new and renewed scholarships valued at over $750,000.

Collegiates complete one application and are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. The online application is entirely electronic — including submittal of reference recommendations and transcripts.

For more detailed information about eligibility and requirements and a link to the application, go to SWE scholarships.

You are invited to attend MWest Challenge

GVSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation invited you to two events celebrating the MWest Challenge.  MWest Challenge is a student venture competition designed to create cross collaboration between students that span across several universities from West Michigan. Through MWest, entrepreneurially minded students are able to develop and grow new ventures based on their own ideas. MWest involves nine West Michigan colleges and universities, representing 75,000 students from: Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design, Davenport University, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids Community College, Kuyper College, and Hope College.

MWest Innovation Showcase – Thursday, April 20th from 5PM – 7:30 PM

This event is sure to be full of energy with Craig Dubitsky, friendly founder of hello® products, as the keynote speaker. Participating student teams have a chance to showcase their ideas and win cash prizes totaling $5,000.00.  Attendees can view some of the students’ ideas being pitched at the MWest competition and vote for their favorite idea
and team.

Location: GVSU Eberhard Center » 215-All

Space is limited to first come first serve so RSVP today for this FREE EVENT : http://bit.ly/MWestExpo


MWest Challenge Final Competition – Friday, April 21st from 8AM -3PM

Which team is going to take home the prize? Bring your students to GVSU to watch teams pitch their idea, review their business plans and discuss their ideas with investors as they compete for cash prizes.

Location: GVSU Loosemoore Auditorium

Space is limited to first come first serve so RSVP today for this FREE EVENT : https://www.gvsu.edu/cei/module-events-rsvp-general.htm?siteModuleId=F6AB35CD-CA08-D673-8351AA441A225B12&eventId=B2974762-EA18-1B91-ECDE103062C5E4C7 

Launch U: Tell me about this early college option!

Introducing Launch U, a hands-on early college program from Kent ISD for students in Kent County.  This certificate or degree option is designed for students who identify as builders, tinkerers, designers, artists, coders, lovers of dismantling and rebuilding and more.  Launch U offers students a path to a Certificate or Associate Degree in Industrial TechnologyMechanical Design or Tooling & Manufacturing.  The program starts in 10th grade, continues through high school, provides industry certificates along the way and if elected, students can choose to attend one more year of high school to earn an Associate Degree from Grand Rapids Community College.  And it’s all tuition-free!!!!  A savings of $10K for families!

Launch U is currently enrolling students who are in 9th grade (2016/17) to begin the program during their sophomore year (2017/18).  Please join us at Artiflex on March 15th from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM to learn more about Launch U:

·         You’ll learn what Launch U is and how it works with your high school

·         You’ll hear directly from folks who work in these fields about what their day is like and what the work environment is like

Seating is limited; please register to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.  Free parking available on site.

Construction Workforce Development Alliance Offers 2017 Jump Start Scholarships

17 Days to a Great Career!

 

The Construction Workforce Development Alliance (CWDA) is offering full-tuition scholarships for the 2017 Construction Core Jump Start Program. In its fourth year, the 2017 Jump Start Program is an intensive 17-day training program open to students aged 18 – 24.

The Jump Start program is based on the ABC Western Michigan Construction Core program which teaches basic construction skills including construction math, hand/power tools, and basic blueprint reading. Graduates earn a 10-hour OSHA card, rough-terrain forklift license, First Aid/CPR card, and lead and asbestos awareness.

At the conclusion of the training program students are offered a minimum of two job interviews with CWDA association member companies who are eager to hire entry-level professionals.

The Jump Start program positions students who complete the training  with the basic skills necessary to work in the construction industry.

Jump Start Program Details:

Wednesday, June 7 – Friday, June 30, 2017
Monday – Friday

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Wednesday, Mach 22, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION HERE

Meet 2016 Jump Start graduate, Paul Dykema:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDKa37947SM&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

  

 

 

Paperclips- why we need all types of people in STEM fields

I am writing this blog post in response to the paperclips article at K@W 

What if machines become smarter than us? In the article linked above the author discusses the difference between

  • AI- artificial intelligence; and its subcategories
    • ANI- artifical narrow intelligence
    • AGI- artifical general intelligence
    • ASI- artificial super intelligence

We live in a world of  ANI. I have Siri reading me The Essential Drucker on my phone as I drive around to schools these days. I love Siri. However, there are many things technology such as Siri cannot do. Just ask my wife, she hates Siri’s limitations, and finds her useless- fun to watch. Siri is an example of ANI, or artifical narrow intelligence. There are many things Siri cannot do. She does not have general intelligence and cannot do things my 4 year old finds simple such as recognizing a face or even drawing one. The flight management system on an airliner can navigate safely through turbulent weather and even slow the craft to prevent breakup by keeping it within its flight envelope. If, however, it were to be asked to teach my son how to dance at his 1st dance last week, it would return an error. It doesn’t know that, and can’t learn it. Many of our foremost experts believe that artificial general intelligence is not far off, with ASI or super intelligent AI not far behind that- something like 40-60 years out.

Now, why does that matter to our work in STEM education? Simple. We absolutely need people who understand things like ethics, psychology, law, policy, and government to work with people who are developing some of these advanced technologies. These fields aren’t often considered in the STEM world, but we NEED them, and we will continue to need them and will need them more and more. The ethics of how to implement these new technologies are discussions that aren’t going away. Designers and engineers are amazing thinkers in determining answers to questions like, “how can we make this technology…” our ethicists, psychologists, and public policy people will help guide us through questions like, “should we make this, and what musn’t it do…”

I had opportunity to visit two places recently. Our men and women who serve and operate unmanned craft at the Air National Guard base in Battle Creek, MI; and the wonderful students and staff members at White Pines Intermediate School District in Grand Haven, MI. I was presenting drone and unmanned technology to the White Pines students, and they asked me, “Could SkyNet be built?”

I told them it’s kind of already here, then asked them- could your job be to help us figure out how to work with it so we don’t all get turned into paperclips?

-EN