Are you an aspiring Entrepreneur? We have 10 free student tickets to Startup Weekend West Michigan!

Do you envision yourself owning your business in the future?  How about becoming an inventor?  Creating software that will change the world in some way?  eMerge West Michigan would love to have students who are aspiring entrepreneurs join them for Startup Weekend West Michigan!  They have generously donated 10 student tickets to the Career Readiness team at Kent ISD so you can attend the event for free.  What is Startup Weekend West Michigan, you ask?

Where West Michigan entrepreneurs come to build in 54 hours.

Calling all innovators, entrepreneurs, designers, programmers and business gurus-West Michigan Startup Weekend is back & ready to rock Year 7!  Have a great new business idea?  Have a great skill or talent to share?  Want to engage in West Michigan’s awesome startup community?  Then this event is for you!

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014. The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

Hope you can join us!

Please contact Amy Pierce at amypierce@kentisd.org about tickets.
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Is your child a budding entrepreneur? We have free tickets available for Startup West Michigan!

Do you have a budding entrepreneur on your hands?  Does your child have that million to one invention just waiting to become a reality?  Or how about a concept that they want to flesh out further?  eMerge West Michigan is interested in having your student join them for Startup Weekend West Michigan!  They have generously donated 10 student tickets to the Career Readiness team at Kent ISD so students can attend the event for free.  What is Startup Weekend West Michigan, you ask?

Where West Michigan entrepreneurs come to build in 54 hours.

Calling all innovators, entrepreneurs, designers, programmers and business gurus-West Michigan Startup Weekend is back & ready to rock Year 7!  Have a great new business idea?  Have a great skill or talent to share?  Want to engage in West Michigan’s awesome startup community?  Then this event is for you!

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014. The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

Hope you can join us!

Please contact Amy Pierce at amypierce@kentisd.org about tickets.

Hutt Scholarship Now Open

LMCU Scholarship

Hutt Scholarship Open For High School Seniors!
The Lloyd F. Hutt scholarship essay contest supports high school seniors bound for higher education. If that’s you (or a family member), this is the opportunity to showcase those creative writing skills in pursuit of further education.
Write a 750-1,500 word essay about the topic, what should people remember that is too often forgottenClick here to enter on LMCU.org. Essays will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges, with greater emphasis placed on creativity, clarity and originality than grammatical proficiency.
If you’re a high school senior who’s a member of Lake Michigan Credit Union, you’re in! If your parent is a member, (but not an employee, officer, director or board member), you’re in! That includes general or special education students, and students with limited English proficiency. All applicants must plan to enter a trade school, college or university in the following academic year.
Deadline for entries: January 31, 2016.
Entrants must complete an application by entering online, or at any LMCU branch location.

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Teachers in Industry …. It’s back!

It’s that time again; time for another Teachers in Industry PD opportunity.  Our next event will be held on December 15th, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the ISD’s Thornapple Room.  Just in case you were wondering what day that falls on, it’s a Tuesday!  In the hopes that we can get some of those people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to make it on a Friday due to subbing issues, we moved two of our four dates off of Friday this year.  So don’t miss the opportunity.

Our stops for this event will include Custom Profile (an advanced manufacturing facility), the Grand Rapids Community Foundation (a philanthropic organization), Soletics (a start-up bio-tech company) and Start Garden (a start-up funder, shared work-space and more).    For more information on the 2nd installment of this event for the 2015-2016 year, visit tinyurl.com/kentisdT-in-I.  Click here to register for the event.

Wondering why you should attend this rich professional development experience?  Check out this article, Funny You Should Ask, on the PD Hub’s blog The Bulletin.  Or, just read what some of the event’s previous attendees had to say about it:

“I was blown away by this [event]! I didn’t think I’d get as much out of it as I did, being an ELA teacher.”

“The experience provided many ideas [for] how to incorporate the working world into my classroom.”

Hope to see you there!

#GSD16 – Student Sign Ups Now Open

Kent County high school students are invited to participate in Groundhog Shadow Day 2016 (#GSD16) on February 2, 2016, from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. This  one-day job shadow is designed to provide students a “behind the scenes” look at a career of interest, allowing them to discover valuable career information, while also clarifying their preferences, skill sets and dreams.

Students participating in #GSD16 will:

  • Get an overview of the company’s industry, the day-to-day operations of specific departments, positions available, and requirements for successful employment (i.e., level of education, career pathways);
  • Interact with a variety of professionals with different levels of responsibility, education, and experience;
  • Engage in a hands-on activity or demonstration that reflects the skills required in that sector, if possible; and
  • Preview current or recent projects so you understand some of the potential work demands required.

Caleb, a sophomore from Plymouth Christian School, shared that last year’s GSD event had a positive impact on his decision making process. “My career aspirations were further strengthened, and I am more confident about how I will go about pursuing these goals.”

Caleb’s job shadow experience at Spectrum Health’s Talent Acquisition department allowed him some unique opportunities. ” I shadowed several recruiters who were responsible for hiring in a variety of different departments within the hospital. I was able to listen in on two interviews conducted over the phone, and was instructed in the over-all hiring process. In addition, I received a first-hand introduction to the Sourcing Process, in which one or more recruiters is responsible for seeking out potential candidates for hard to fill positions. There was not a single thing that I disliked about the entire event!”

With over 300 job shadow opportunities available, there is something for everyone. #GSD16 online applications are now available through December 18th. Click here for full details.

Groundhog Shadow Day 2016 (#GSD16) is coordinated by the Career Readiness department of Kent Intermediate School District. A full listing of all the career exploration programming is available at careerreadiness.kentisd.org, click “students”

Mary Free Bed Hosts December Talk & Tour Career Series

Join us this month as we head to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital on December 15 for a Talk & Tour Career Series event. This career exploration program runs from 6:00 pm – 7:30 and will include a”talk show style” moderated panel discussion and a tour of the newly built, state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital.

Featured careers include:

Physical Therapist
Occupational Therapist
Recreation Therapist
Speech and Language Pathologist
Social Worker

“These new Talk & Tour Career events have proven to be a terrific way for students to explore a career of interest, while being exposed to careers they may not have considered.” shared Krista Harmon, Career Exploration Coordinator with the KISD Career Readiness team. “Students get to hear about real experiences from professionals passionate about their careers. It has been very inspiring.”

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