Kentwood is looking for presenters

Kentwood Public Schools is in the midst of seeking employer partners for their Fall/Winter 2017 STEM Immersion events.  KPS hosts this event each fall for every 5th grade student in an effort to expose students to the varied world and industries that science, technology, engineering & math (STEM) encompasses.  Want to know what the event looks like?  Check out this great School News Network article.

Nancy McKenzie, STEM Coordinator, is looking for industry partners who are willing “lead 3 breakout sessions of 25 minutes in length for any of the 4 events at which they choose to participate. We ask that they share information with our students regarding their companies and how STEM works within that company.  It is very helpful if there is some sort of hands-on learning activity for the students during the 25 minute sessions. “Show and tell” of any parts they manufacture, instruments or supplies they use,  computer programming they develop, etc. is always a popular part of each session.”

The STEM Immersion events will run from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM on September 15, October 20, November 17, and December 8.

Please consider joining this effort and reach out to Nancy to secure your spot; she can be reached at nancy.mckenzie@kentwoodps.org or (616) 455-1200 x32218.

NAWIC Invites Educators to Golf with the Construction Industry

The Grand Rapids National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Chapter would love to have educators join them for a day on the greens!  Here’s your chance to get to know industry professionals in a fun, informal environment.  The event is on Friday, June 16th – maybe a end of year stress reliever.  Foursomes are being formed now.

Contest for Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, Games, Food and much more!

NAWIC’s core purpose is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry through leadership development, professional education, and community outreach.

Proceeds from this outing go to support the NAWIC Grand Rapids Scholarship fund. This fund provides scholarships to individuals seeking a career in the construction industry.

Click here for golf outing details and registration

East Kentwood Invites You to STEM Fair 2017

I often hear business professionals wonder aloud what high schools are doing to prepare students for the world of work and the realities of post-secondary life.  East Kentwood High School is hosting their inaugural STEM Fair event on Thursday, May 18, 2017 and I encourage our business partners and higher education friends to make room in your calendar for this incredible event to get the answers to that question as well as provide feedback to EKHS teachers on the quality of student projects.  East Kentwood would love representatives from the business community to join them; lots of opportunities to see what kids are doing around research and development, design, STEM and more.  AP students from biology, physics, statistics, etc. will be featuring their research projects and will have hands-on demonstrations on the following topics and more:

  • Thermochemical Study of Handwarmer Chemistry and Handwarmer Design
  • Comparison of Digestive Systems Length to Showcase Evolutionary Relatedness
  • Seasonal Fluctuations in Water Quality for the EK Stream
  • Vitamin Effectiveness in Mus Musculus Memory Retention
  • Temperature Effects on Golf Ball Distance

Date: May 18, 2017
Time: 8AM – 2PM or 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: East Kentwood High School West Wing Gymnasium, 6230 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Kentwood, MI 49508

WMCAT announces summer camps!

West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology (WMCAT) is offering 4-day arts and tech camps this summer to middle and high school students. Small class sizes allow you to get the most of your time in our studios with experienced teaching artists. With over 20 different camps being offered in areas such as photography, sewing, illustration, and video game design, there’s something for everyone. Camps are occurring July 10-August 17, 2017 with AM & PM Sessions available. These events are open to teens entering grades 7-12 in 2017-18. For a complete listing and to register, go to www.wmcat.coursestorm.com or email teenprograms@wmcat.org for an electronic enrollment form.

View the flyer here:
WMCAT 2017 Summer Camps

NAWIC Scholarship Window Open

 

Scholarship applications for the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Chapter #194 are now being accepted until Friday, May 19, 2017. One scholarship is awarded annually to a student that is currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a construction related field of study and have a 3.00 or better grade point average. The scholarship automatically renews for 4 years as long as the student continues to meet the eligibility requirements.

NAWIC’s core purpose is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry through leadership development, professional education, and community outreach.

Applications and questions may be submitted to the Scholarship Chair:

Sarah Vlasblom
56 Grandville Ave SW, Ste 100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
svlasblom@beenegarter.com

 

 

 

 

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