Leadership opportunity available for students who crave experience while impacting our community!


Apply for Kids Food Basket Youth Advisory Board


Bump Up your Dev Skills this summer – for free!

Do you have a few hours this summer to spend working on a skill that will directly translate into employment opportunities in the future? Are you interested in spending some time in a super cool work space and
interacting  with some website building pros who are excited to share their craft?!

Bizstream is a local web and software development firm located in Allendale that prides themselves on being “an energetic group of innovators, obsessed with providing elegant solutions for real-world business problems.” Who wouldn’t want to hang out with this crew?

They are offering Bizstream Academy again this year and spots are filling up fast. There are several two-week time frames available and students who sign up will spend 6 hours each week learning all about what it takes to be successful in the world of web development FOR FREE.

To learn more and sign up visit: www.bizstreamacademy.com

Final Student Opportunity – Creativity & Design

Creativity has always had a place in the workforce, but these days employees who are able to solve problems in creative ways are becoming more and more sought after. Come to our final Talk and Tour Career Series of the year to find out how those interested in professions in design and creativity will thrive in the modern workforce. Steelcase is a local business that is leveraging creativity and design in a most impressive way, and they are anxious to demonstrate this to students and parents alike!


 WHEN: May 17, 2016 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm

WHERE: The Learning Center @ Steelcase

WHO: Students (and their parents/guardians) in grades 7-12 (or teachers) who are interested in careers focused around solving problems and finding solutions in creative ways (this could be anyone from an engineer to a graphic artist!)

WHAT: Meet a member of the technical innovation team, a ‘think’ facilitator, and a professional illustrator who have developed design skills and creativity in ways you may have never considered. Learn about the type of training and experiences can help structure your own skill set and participate in a brief workshop designed to illustrate the process of creative problem solving. The experience will end with a tour of the Learning Center Facility; you won’t want to miss this experience!

SIGN ME UP! If you are interested in attending this FREE event please register here. The space is limited so please sign up soon!


Interested in learning more? Check out this great article, “Design Thinking Comes of Age”, from the Harvard Business Review.

May 18 – Final Event of the School Year

Hey there educators!  Have you had the chance to check out one of our awesome Teachers in Industry events this year?  If not, allow me let you in on what you’ve missed so far.

Last fall we visited the Grand Rapids Symphony, where we found out how science and math are intricate pieces in making beautiful music sound so great, the Grand Rapids Museum where we discussed Design Thinking, and the W. Michigan Film Office and Wrinkle Creative at Blue35, a shared-office work space.

During the winter we checked out Custom Profile, an Advanced Manufacturing facility, the GR Community Foundation, Start Garden and we met with Soletics, a biotech start-up company made up of recent college graduates whose business idea stemmed from a business class at GVSU.

Most recently we met with the Chief Innovation Officer of Open Systems Technologies (OST) and learned how what this IT company looks for in an employee is not what you might think.  We also stopped by Walker Tool & Die, a manufacturing facility that makes the machines/prints for the companies that make other products, and hit the John Ball Zoo as well.

For our curtain call event of 2015-16, we’ll head out on Wednesday, May 18 and meet up with Springthrough, a cutting-edge Tech company, Farmers University to see how they train/teach their people and prepare them for success, and Steelcase, as they explain why “this ain’t your father’s furniture manufacturing facility!”

Why do we hold these events?  We do so to highlight information about local employer needs, labor trends and helping show new technologies that can be relevant to teachers; to help educators connect classroom content to real world application and situations; and to develop meaningful collaboration and relationships between educators and the business community.

So if you haven’t check it out yet, why not now?  And if you have come before, invite a fellow teacher, counselor or administrator.  You’ll be glad you did!

Please share your thoughts in the comment section above.  And please, pass this along soon. Space is limited.