Crestwood MS Invites You to Career Day

Crestwood Middle School would like to invite employers and community partners to their upcoming Career Day.  The goal of the event is for students to become more familiar with the job market, skills they may need, and the schooling/training needed for a variety of career options. Crestwood wants to feature careers that need 2 year, 4 year, tech school, and/or on-the-job training.

Presentation Suggestions

  • Employer and community partners are welcome to bring hands-outs which coincide with their workplace, training center, or school.
  • Discussions with the students regarding what their company manufactures, what services they provide, or what background is necessary to fill the roles at their workplace, is a great way to begin.
  • Attendees are encouraged to share “tools of the trade” as a show and tell for students, if this is a viable option.
  • Bring a power point which shows your facilities and details about your company.
  • If you are a teaching facility, feel free to share what degrees you offer to students, the length of time to earn different degrees and what types of employment students can gain once schooling is complete.
  • We welcome groups of individuals who have varied responsibilities from one company, so that the students can learn how all work together for a final end product or solution.
  • Share your expertise around topics such as workplace expectations, attributes that make a good employee, appropriate dress in the world of work soft skills that are critical to professional success, etc.

Students will be pre-assigned to attend 4, 30 minute sessions throughout the morning, so they can experience an excellent mix of job opportunities and career readiness information.

Date: February 9, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: Crestwood Middle School, 2674 44th St SE, Kentwood, MI 49512

Nancy McKenzie, Kentwood Public Schools STEM Coordinator, is accepting RSVP’s/questions at






You’re invited to KHHS Career Day

Kenowa Hills High School invites you to attend their upcoming Career Day event!  The event is intended to showcase the careers available at companies in West Michigan to their student base.  All industries and career pathways welcome!

Date: October 25, 2017
Time: 9AM – 1PM (set up begins at 8AM)
Location: Kenowa Hills High School Field House

Register to attend Kenowa Hills Career Day today!

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 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 or email 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