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

April 23
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Rehabilitation & Therapy
3:30 PM
Mary FREE BED Professional Building, 350 Lafayette Ave SE #308, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Rehabilitation & Therapy
Date: Apr 23
Time: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Mary FREE BED Professional Building, 350 Lafayette Ave SE #308, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Calendar: Career Readiness Event Calendar
Students, you and your parents or guardians are encouraged to attend this valuable career preparation event.

The Talk & Tour Series is an 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 rewarding career that matches your interests, abilities, and the job market.

This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an important 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.

Please note the time & location for this event.  This will be held in the Meijer Conference Center at the Mary Free Bed Professional Building, not the main rehabilitation hospital.  The event time is also earlier than our usual Talk & Tour event time.

Registration for our Talk & Tour events opens one month before each event.
Visit http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/ to get more information or to register for this event.

Each month new industries, segments, or topics will be highlighted.
Visit the KISD Career Readiness website listed above to see other careers highlighted and more tour options.
April 30
Talk & Tour Career Series: The Entrepreneur's Journey
6:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: The Entrepreneur's Journey
Date: Apr 30
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Calendar: Career Readiness Event Calendar
Students, you and your parents or guardians are encouraged to attend this valuable career preparation event.

The Talk & Tour Series is an 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 rewarding career that matches your interests, abilities, and the job market.

This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an important 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.

Registration for our Talk & Tour events opens one month before each event.
Visit http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/ to get more information or to register for this event.

Each month new industries, segments, or topics will be highlighted.
Visit the KISD Career Readiness website listed above to see other careers highlighted and more tour options.
Talk and Tour - Outdoor Careers
6:00 PM
Talk and Tour - Outdoor Careers
Date: Apr 30
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Calendar: Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Students, you and your parents or guardians are encouraged to attend this valuable career preparation event. The Talk & Tour Series is an 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 rewarding career that matches your interests, abilities, and the job market. This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an important 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. Registration for our Talk & Tour events opens one month before each event. Visit http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/ to get more information or to register for this event. Each month new industries, segments, or topics will be highlighted. Visit the KISD Career Readiness website listed above to see other careers highlighted and more tour options.
Talk and Tour - Outdoor Careers
6:00 PM
Summit Landscape Management Inc, 1379 Comstock St, Marne, MI 49435, USA
Talk and Tour - Outdoor Careers
Date: Apr 30
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Summit Landscape Management Inc, 1379 Comstock St, Marne, MI 49435, USA
Calendar: Career Readiness Event Calendar
Students, you and your parents or guardians are encouraged to attend this valuable career preparation event. The Talk & Tour Series is an 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 rewarding career that matches your interests, abilities, and the job market. This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an important 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. Registration for our Talk & Tour events opens one month before each event. Visit http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/ to get more information or to register for this event. Each month new industries, segments, or topics will be highlighted. Visit the KISD Career Readiness website listed above to see other careers highlighted and more tour options.
May 14
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Health/Orthopaedics
6:00 PM
Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan, 1111 Leffingwell Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Health/Orthopaedics
Date: May 14
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan, 1111 Leffingwell Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
Calendar: Career Readiness Event Calendar
Students, you and your parents or guardians are encouraged to attend this valuable career preparation event.

The Talk & Tour Series is an 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 rewarding career that matches your interests, abilities, and the job market.

This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an important 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.

Registration for our Talk & Tour events opens one month before each event.
Visit http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/ to get more information or to register for this event.

Each month new industries, segments, or topics will be highlighted.
Visit the KISD Career Readiness website listed above to see other careers highlighted and more tour options.