Girls Rock IT!

Girls Rock IT!

With the goals of breaking stereotypes and exciting girls about interesting opportunities in Information Technology, the Michigan Council of Women in Technology will be offering a FREE day of interactive fun and learning!

Girls in grades 4-8 will be given opportunities for hands-on experiments led by some of the area’s leading computer and information technology experts. Please join us for breakfast and information session about the expanding world of technology careers as students learn a variety of technology skills as they rotate through different sessions.

Visit this site for more information and registration! 


WGVU KidsFare — A Healthy Recipe Challenge

Need a fun activity to encourage your students to make healthy choices? Encourage them to participate in WGVU’s Healthy Recipe Challenge! The goal is to create an original recipe for an appetizer, main course or dessert. This is a great way to encourage informational writing and the winners get to participate in a cook off downtown at the Secchia Culinary Institute – how fun!

Please check out this link for lots more information and also the submission form.

Let’s get cookin’!

Summer learning is important!

There are many wonderful opportunities for students in Kent County to extend their understandings and learn more about their own capabilities. Below you will find a listing of camps (BIG list linked at the very bottom) that ALL students can engage with. Please feel free to share this post with the parents and students in your circles, let’s keep those brains moving in the warm summer months ahead.

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DC2 (Design. Discover. Collaborate. Create)
June 27-28 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Grand Valley University (Seidman Building – Downtown Campus)


COST: $25 per student

Led by at team of local K -12 educators, students will work in small groups to collaboratively tackle problems that connect to both their lives and the world around them, answering questions like:

  • How might we redesign our recess experience?
  • How might we re-purpose scrap material from a local manufacturer?
  • How might we re-engineer a classroom to better meet our needs as students?

The camp will also include local mentors from industry and high school student coaches. There will be opportunities for students to engineer solutions in a ‘maker’s space’ as they prototype and test their ideas. This is a great way for kids to stretch their thinking muscles this summer in a fun, collaborative, creative way as they harness the innovator within them. Visit this page to see a flyer and  this page to learn more/register!


July 10-13, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM

Kent Innovation High School (1655 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525)


COST: $100 per student – scholarships available.

Camp Infinity is a four day summer technology camp for girls entering 5th to 8th grade that introduces technology as fun and fulfilling and inspires the pursuit of technology education. MCWT Foundation created it to address the primary reasons girls lose interest in technology: confidence, social relevance, and social (peer) acceptance. Visit this page for more information!



Finally, for a listing of MANY other summer learning opportunities in our area, visit this link.

Build your professional network with mini job shadows

The hardest part of getting a job can often be getting in the door. Often job seekers lament that they submit resume after resume and never receive call backs or interview offers. Although an incomplete resume or lacking credentials can be to blame, many resumes get lost in the shuffle, simply because there is nothing on the page that makes it jump out from the rest of the pile. One way to counteract this struggle is to build a professional network of individuals who can act as mentors and advocates when jobs are available. These professional mentors can offer advice on which type of skills to highlight in a resume, offer insider advice on what the job entails and even make recommendations to the recruiting team to fast track an interview opportunity.

Does building a network seem like a difficult task? Don’t be intimidated! The Kent ISD Career Readiness team has connected with several employers to offer 1.5-hour job shadows in the industries and positions of your choice this Spring through our Explorer Program. These short experiences around Kent County offer students a fantastic opportunity to build the relationships and connections that could become significant as their skills and career journeys progress.

We have two EXPLORER sessions offered this spring, March 1 and May 3. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the event which runs from 3:30-5:00 each afternoon. Registration is simple and the access to professional mentors is as direct as it gets!

Check out the registration page for more information and to see the roles that are available.


Get Ready for Groundhog Shadow Day 2017!

Kent ISD’s Career Readiness Department is excited to announce that the student registration for Groundhog Shadow Day 2017 opens on December 1. Groundhog Shadow Day is modeled after ‘Take your child to work day’, except we have recruited mentors from all around Kent County who are excited to show off their industries to OTHER people’s children! This program will run on February 2, from 9:00AM-2:00PM and will be open to all Kent County students grades 9-12.

The goal of Groundhog Shadow Day is to give students an opportunity to explore their future career by meeting with mentors currently employed in a field that interests them and supplement the learning that happens at school with real world relevancy.

Local employers have very generously offered nearly 700 opportunities for students to shadow this year on February 2. As you might imagine, there is truly something for everyone.

Here are a few highlights of the awesome offerings that will be available for students to February 2, 2017:

  • Merchandise Manager at Meijer Corporate
  • Industrial Designer at Steelcase
  • CEO of Priority Health
  • Hands on simulations at Spectrum Health Meijer Heart Center
  • Special Event Planner at Amway
  • Project Manager at Erhardt Construction
  • Development Director at WGVU Public Media
  • Executive Director at Grand Rapids Ballet
  • Pastor at Central Reformed Church
  • Finance & Operations Manager at Open Systems Technology
  • Owner & Physical Therapist at Apogee Therapy Center

Students who engage in this program with an open mind and enthusiasm will undoubtedly find valuable information, connections and experience. Will you help us spread the word?


Please visit our site to see the full list of opportunities and to enroll.