KCTC is seeking SkillsUSA Judges

We have scheduled the KCTC SkillsUSA Leadership Contests to take place all day Tues., December 15, in the MultiPurpose Rooms (B-Wing) of KCTC. Continue reading


Would you like to assist in exposing Middle School students to STEM careers?

Post by Guest Blogger, Nancy McKenzie, Kentwood Public Schools; STEM Coordinator

STEM Career Event at Crestwood Middle School – Kentwood

Would you like to assist in exposing Middle School students to STEM careers?

In Kentwood we are exposing students to STEM in a variety of ways. Crestwood Middle School 6th graders will be experiencing STEM careers at an event scheduled for January 15.  We are inviting employer partners to help educate the students about their specific STEM careers.  By leading hands-on, real world applications in their STEM fields, our students will gain a better understanding of what STEM is and what a career in these areas entails.


Date:  January 15, 2016

Time:  8:45 – 11:15 a.m. (30 minute sessions)

Location:  Crestwood Middle School

If you would like more information regarding this event please contact Nancy McKenzie, STEM Coordinator, at Nancy.mckenzie@kentwoodps.org.

Thank you for your consideration!

Got recyclables? Help 4th graders create arcade games for National Engineers Week?

got recyclables?

In February we celebrate National Engineers’ Week in Southwood’s fourth grade classrooms. I would like to ramp things up a bit this year from our annual bridge building project to go along with our year-long study of Design Thinking.

Students will design and build arcade games ala Caine’s Arcade  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faIFNkdq96U) and invite a younger class to come and test our games.

That’s where we are looking for help from you! We have plenty of cardboard but would like additional materials with which to work. Do you have any packaging material that you currently trash or recycle that may be useful in building the Kacz Crew Arcade? I would be happy to pick it up and make sure we recycle what we can after our projects are complete.

You can contact Maureen Kaczanowski at maureen.kaczanowski@kentwoodps.org with any questions or to set up a time for collection if you believe you have something we can use. Thank you for your help!

Community involvement = great schools = a great future for our kids and the community!

Thank you in advance for your help!

Mrs. K. and the Kacz Crew at Southwood Elementary

AMP Applications Being Accepted for Fall 2016 Students

Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP)

Applications for Fall 2016 are currently being accepted!

The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) program is a collaboration between West Michigan manufacturers, students, MiWorks! Region 4 and Grand Rapids Community College to address the talent shortage the region is experiencing.  Companies provide a full-ride scholarship for students to obtain an Associate Degree while working for the sponsoring company.  The first AMP cohort began in Fall 2012 with 15 students; this cohort will complete their program at the end of this semester – Fall 2014.

This partnership is unique in that the curriculum and schedule is determined by the participating companies and Grand Rapids Community College.  All of the AMP “classes” are run in a cohort fashion with classes scheduled and reserved specifically for the AMP students.  The school schedule is determined by a planning team of participating companies before the start of each cohort.

Additional information, videos, and the application are available here.

Groundhog Job Shadow Day 2016

February 2nd …. it’s not just for groundhogs anymore!

While the world waits with baited breath to see if Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow or not, there’s no doubt you will have the chance to see your shadow that day – job shadow that is!  On February 2nd, 2016, Kent ISD is coordinating a day of job shadowing and it’s open to all high school students in Kent County who are interested in exploring careers they might be interested in pursuing.  But we need your help.  We’re looking to partner with professionals like yourself across the industry spectrum: from floral designers to graphic designers, cupcake artists to welders, physicians, nurses, lawyers and everything in between.  If you, or another employer you know, would be interested in meaningfully impacting today’s students (and the workforce of tomorrow) by participating as a host site, please visit the following link: tinyurl.com/2016GSDRegistration is only open through Nov. 20th, so sign up now.

Health Career Internship- Application Now Open

What really happens behind the scenes in a hospital radiology lab, community clinic, inpatient pharmacy, emergency department or even the morgue?  Well, 24 Kent County High School students are currently engaged in this discovery as part of their Health Career Internship, a program of the Kent Intermediate School District’s Career Readiness Department.

Each semester, high school seniors interested in exploring health careers are given the opportunity to job shadow health professionals at Spectrum Health, Mercy Health, Pennock Health Services and other medical settings, to increase their career awareness resulting in better informed and more confident career decisions.

The commitment is a serious one – 5 hours a week for a whole semester (or trimester), but as one student reports, “it is an amazing experience to meet so many people committed to helping others – and learning about careers I never knew about.”

The application is now open for seniors interested in participating during the Winter/Spring 2016 semester. The deadline is December 1, 2015.  Junior students will be invited to apply in April for the Fall 2016 semester.  Click here for more information, and the online application.

Interested in Health Careers? Check out our November Talk & Tour Career Series

Last month we had a great time at the inaugural Talk & Tour Career Series hosted by Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan. Students and their parents heard from professionals passionate about their careers and left with valuable career information that will aid in career decision-making.  Not only did students hear about “hot jobs”, but they also learned that patience and perseverance are two core traits of successful people.

Join us this month as we head to the Kent County Health Department on November 17th for another Talk & Tour Career event.  The event runs from 6:00 pm – 7:30 and will include a moderated panel discussion and a tour of the Kent County Health Department, including the Animal Shelter.

Featured careers include:

  • Dietitian
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Epidemiologist
  • Sanitarian (Health Inspector)
  • Public Health Educator
  • Animal Control Officer
  • Regional Laboratory Manager

This is a free event, but registration is required. Please click here for complete registration and event information. See you there!