Sights set on empowering students, Kent ISD focuses on youth-business connection

In August 2016, Rapid Growth Media featured an article on Mr. Jarrad Grandy, our Director of Career Readiness here at Kent ISD. The article discusses the career readiness team's focus on the impact of connecting students to business; the academic impacts of career exploration; and the life-long satisfaction of a career that is well planned. "We really try to tie a student's passion into employers' talent pipeline," he says. "Obviously, Grand Rapids has experienced a lot of growth and uptake in the last few years. There are so many opportunities here. It's a great place to live and work and we want to make sure kids are learning in schools, that the learning is done in a relevant way that meets our needs as educators, and in a way that makes sense to employers."


Careers in Construction Month

West MI Works recently featured an article on our partnership with local construction firms and the great classroom applications to the field of construction.

 

 


Up Close with In-Demand Careers

School News Network visited MFG Week 2016

 

 

 

 

 


Sen. Gary Peters promotes manufacturing in Grand Rapids

Senator Gary Peters joined the Kent ISD Career Readiness team and students from Grand Rapids Public Schools - Innovation Central at  Wolverine Coil and Spring to kick of MFG Week 2016 in Kent County.

 


Education's Business

The Michigan Business Network education arm spoke with one of our STEM Consultants about focal points and career activities emphasized at the Kent Intermediate School District. Career readiness, supported by a purposeful blend of education and industry partnerships, is key. What problems are you solving today? Learning opportunities filled with application and relevance produce great learners! Listen to the archived 3 minute interview


Real World STEM Education: Technical Education

ADAC Automotive recently worked with the STEM consultants to produce a three minute video to expose kids to metrology careers.

 

 


300 Area Students Get Inside Local Companies on Groundhog Shadow Day

School News Network visited Groundhog Shadow Day 2016

Upcoming Events

January 27
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
10:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
Jan 27
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, thesehands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, following directions, problem solving, and more. This is a selfguided,drop-in event.
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 .
February 3
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
10:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
Feb 3
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, thesehands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, following directions, problem solving, and more. This is a selfguided,drop-in event.
February 6
Talk & Tour Career Series: Engineering & Construction
6:00 PM
FTC&H -- 1515 Arboretum Dr SE
Talk & Tour Career Series: Engineering & Construction
Feb 6
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
FTC&H -- 1515 Arboretum Dr SE
Career Readiness Event Calendar
The Talk & Tour Series is a evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a career you are interested in. This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace. Each month a new industry/segment/topic will be highlighted. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the Talk & Tour with their student! Click here for Registration and Details .
Talk & Tour Career Series: Information Security
6:00 PM
Spectrum Health IS Facility -- 4700 60th Street SE
Talk & Tour Career Series: Information Security
Feb 6
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Spectrum Health IS Facility -- 4700 60th Street SE
Career Readiness Event Calendar
The Talk & Tour Series is a evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a career you are interested in. This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace. Each month a new industry/segment/topic will be highlighted. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the Talk & Tour with their student! Click here for Registration and Details .