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 25
MiCareerQuest
8:00 AM
DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
MiCareerQuest
Apr 25
8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Come explore nearly 100 different careers through hands-on activities. This event is held in 3 two hour blocks. Registration is required for attendance.
April 28
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
Apr 28
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.
May 1
Talk & Tour Career Series: The Entrepreneur's Journey
6:00 PM
Start Garden -- 40 Pearl St NW #200
Talk & Tour Career Series: The Entrepreneur's Journey
May 1
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Start Garden -- 40 Pearl St NW #200
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 .
May 2
Kent Career Technical Center Business Expo
7:00 AM
Kent Career Technical Center, 1655 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
Kent Career Technical Center Business Expo
May 2
7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Kent Career Technical Center, 1655 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Email Denise Washington to RSVP: denisewashington@kentisd.org
Workshop Wednesday @ Grand Rapids Public Library
6:30 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Workshop Wednesday @ Grand Rapids Public Library
May 2
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar

Learn about different applications of STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) through hands-on activities, discussions,and career exploration. Our Workshops are perfect for curious kids who want toknow how things work and why we study STEAM. This program will feature adifferent topic each month and is for kids in grades 6-8 (but younger and olderkids are welcome to stop by). Snacks and Ride to Read passes will be available.

September 6, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm

Constellations

Why did ancient people make pictures out of the stars? Whogets to name a constellation? Learn all about the science and mythology behindconstellations, recreate famous ones, and even design your own from real starmaps.

October 4, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm

Hydraulics

Learn the principles of water power by assembling afunctioning robotic arm that moves using hydraulic power!

November 1, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm

Kinetic Creatures

Kinetic Creatures are walking cardboard animals that youbuild from a kit! You'll learn about movement and engineering while you help usput together Rory, Geno, and Elly.

December 6, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm

Paper Circuits

Electricity can happen anywhere! Design your own circuit onpaper and light up LEDs using copper tape and conductive ink.

January 3, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Sewn Circuits

If you had fun creating circuits on paper, then you'll lovethis workshop where we'll create our own fashionable circuitry. Kids areencouraged to bring old clothing for themselves but extra supplies will be available.

February 7, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Tensile Bubbles

Use your engineering skills to create geometric bubble wandsand watch how the design affects the shapes of the bubbles.

March 7, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Magnetic Slime

In this workshop we will make a slime that reacts to astrong magnet. You can make it move and dance!

April 4, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Lightbulb Terrarium

Get ready for Earth Day by using recycled light bulbs tocreate your own mini terrarium with moss and other tiny plants.

May 2, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Bristle Bots

BristleBots are tiny simple robots that move with the powerof vibration. We can study how they move by creating obstacle courses, paintingwith them, and racing them.