Teachers in Industry

Because Teachers Need Field Trips Too!

Educators spend a day out of the classroom with local employers, exploring industry trends and ways to connect their classroom content to the work world and best business practices. Businesses may host from one to 30 educators at a time for 60-90 minutes. Tours will consist of meeting with 2-4 different employers spanning a variety of business focuses. Generally, visits will be diversified to ensure a range of industries are covered, although some events may be themed to focus on a specific field/industry. Cost for these events is $10, which covers lunch and transportation to/from businesses. SCECHs may also be available.

The purpose of this professional development experience is to:

  • Highlight information about local employer needs, labor market trends, and new technologies relevant for teachers 
  • Help educators connect their classroom content to real world applications and business practices so that students are college- and career-ready
  • And encourage meaningful collaboration between educators and the business community

2017-18 DATES:
Thursday, October 12, 2017       Tuesday, February 27, 2018       Thursday, May 24, 2018





About the employers we will visit on 02/27/18:

GMB Architecture + Engineering: Started by Gordon M. Buitendorp 50 years ago, GMB has grown to over 100 employees in 9 disciplines across 4 locations. With services such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and structural engineering and more, GMB has extensive reach serving Grand Rapids and Holland area K-12 school districts as well as Higher Education institutions.  They also have experience in the Industrial, Healthcare, Corporate and Sports realms.

YETi GCI: This organization was conceived in 2010 as a game development studio dedicated to training and mentoring college students and prepping them for the industry. Since then, they’ve pivoted toward exploration and implementation of emerging tech – the bleeding edgers. This newer tech company embraces the “someday” ideas today and look for partners who want to explore the hypothetical projects by providing solutions within frameworks that haven’t yet been realized.

Spectrum Health IS (Information Systems): Did you know that Spectrum Health employs one of the largest technology workforces in West Mi with over 1500 people dedicated to Information Services? Spectrum Health is dedicated to improving the health of the communities we serve, which often evolves from innovation and forward thinking and relies on cutting-edge technology. Ask questions of IT professionals and discover opportunities that exist for your students in the modern IS workplace. 

Upcoming Events

October 24
Kenowa Hills High School College & Career Day
9:00 AM
Kenowa Hills High School, 3825 Hendershot Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544, USA
Kenowa Hills High School College & Career Day
Oct 24
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Kenowa Hills High School, 3825 Hendershot Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Email Mike Johnson to RSVP: mjohnson@khps.org
February 2
Groundhog Job Shadow Day
Groundhog Job Shadow Day
Feb 2
Career Readiness Event Calendar
ave you started to look around your classroom and wonder, "What's Next?" or dream about the job you will do after high school? Are you interested in pulling back the curtain of the world of work and spending the day with a mentor? ​If you answered "yes" - #GSD18 is for you! When:February 2, 2018 Time: 9AM - 2PM Where:You get to choose the role that is right for you - there are almost 300 roles to shadow for the day! Click here for Registration and Details .