Regarding STEM Technical Assistance

Regarding our STEM Technical Assistance

"You have a gift of not only having comprehensive technology knowledge, but presentation skills that totally engaged our middle school kids...not an easy task!”

Katherine Lewis
Technology Teacher
Northview Middle School

Health Career Internship

Before this experience, I was planning on going into physical therapy, however, now I am seriously considering becoming a registered nurse. I love how the nurses get to establish connections with their patients and know that they are making a difference in their lives by helping them get better. I'm very grateful to have been able to do this because it opened a new door for me in my exploration of health careers that would suite me. This opportunity also allowed me to realize some of the career paths that wouldn't have been right for me, such as a radiologist technician. Many of the RN's and PCA's  I shadowed gave me some great advice about how to handle nursing school and some important steps I should take after I finish college and begin to move into the work force. 
Thank you for the role you played in this amazing experience. It has been very influential and I learned a great deal of advice and information.

Brooke, Grandville High School senior (placed at Mercy Health)

This Health Career Internship has changed my perspective on my career choices. I am now more outgoing and confident when communicating with the employees at the hospital.  

Amanda S. , Forest Hills Eastern senior (placed at Spectrum Health)

Employer Mentor

An Excerpt from an Email Written by a Student to an Employer Mentor

I visited Steelcase for Talk&Tour through Kent ISD on October 6 and talked to you briefly about college afterward.

I first would like to emphasize that I had such an invaluable night at Steelcase. It was an eyeopening opportunity to look at mechanical side of manufacturing industry! Thinking about what I would like to study and where I envision myself in the future, I thought observing what you do at work would help me a lot! I am extremely curious about various engineering fields and career paths that I can potentially choose. With that being said, may I please shadow you for a day?

MFG Week 2016

Gideon Sanders, Assistant Principal, GRPS Innovation Central shares his thoughts about MFG Week 2016 and the experiences his students gained.





" I cannot thank you enough for setting up this industry tour. The students talked about the trip for the rest of the year....they thought it was one of the most valuable experiences in high school." 

Donna von der Hoff 
Thorapple Kellogg High School teacher

"Thank you for setting us up with Ross. He met with my daughter, spent a lot of time answering questions and talking about his experience. He loved her work and asked her to potentially intern, help on a few projects in the next year. Thank you for the connection! It's just what she needed!" 

Nicole Meloche-Gregory
​Organik Consulting, parent of a participant

Industry Tours

ADAC Automotive recently worked with the STEM consultants to produce a three minute video to expose kids to metrology careers. They shared the work on their LinkedIN page!

Thank you so much for letting my class experience the fun career paths. My favorite was totally going to Aero Med. If it wasn't for you,  I would have never thought to become something in the medical field!

Elizabeth Novoseltseva
​Ridgepark Charter Academy Industry Tour

You made me think about what I truly want to do. Even though I haven't made up my mind, I extremely appreciate the options and choices that you have given to all of us and hope that you will do this again in the future. I will strive to find a job that suits me like yours suits you.

Mitchell Porter
​Ridgepark Charter Academy Industry Tour

Yesterday really gave me a chance to see a different view on engineering. I know in my heart for sure I won't be an engineer, but I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to see why jobs like these matter to so many people. You helped me to find a new respect for engineering.... It has been a pleasure to see the joys of your career and many others, and hopefully in the future I'll find mine.

Jahdia Lewis
Ridgepark Charter Academy 
Industry Tour

"I thought the lesson was great and I love how it connected a science concept with something in the real world."

Jenell Spindle, Kindergarten teacher
Collins Elementary 
Forest Hills Schools

Explorers Program

"I know it's been a few years, but I was one of the students who went through the first run of Engineering Explorers at KCTC. Just wanted to thank you again for putting that great opportunity in motion. I just finished my freshman year of college at the University of Alabama on full tuition, and I'm back in Grand Rapids for a summer internship. I'm actually working at Swoboda, the company I was first placed with, about three years after job shadowing here. Not only did the program help cement my career goals, but it also helped me get my foot in the door for a job. If there's ever anything I can do for you, just let me know, and I'd be more than happy to help. Thanks again!"

Christina W. 
Student participant in Explorers Program

3D Printing

" Our fifth grade PEAKS students spent nearly two hours with Mr. Mushing on March 10 when he came to present on the engineering design process and prototyping. In his wake, he left our students with a 3D printer and all of the software and program directions necessary to make use of this 21st century resource.

Many experts say that 3D printing has the potential to impact the world in tremendous ways, from supply chain to personal use in the home. We would like to thank the KISD team once again for their collaboration and intentional efforts to support​​ our students with cutting edge, 21st century, STEM learning experiences." 

Eric Closson 
Discovery Elementary 
Kentwood Public Schools

Employer Mentor Appreciation

"I just wanted to let you know that Meredith was an absolute pleasure. She was very excited, completely engaged, highly intelligent, and a joy to work with. I was actually going to offer her a ‘summer help’ position, but we knew she already had a job lined up in Chicago for the summer ... She will be an excellent nurse someday. I see big things in her future. On a personal level, she has actually inspired me to possibly take the leap into teaching nursing students at the collegiate level. I have always wanted to do so, but seeing her young engaged mind and attitude, was so refreshing and again, inspiring." 

Caitlin Boudreau RN, BSN
Clinical Nurse Manager, Grand Rapids Allergy

Job Shadowing

"No amount of words can describe how great of a time I had yesterday learning about the OR. I didn't realize how many jobs went on in just one operation. Just as I thought maybe I'd want to deal with pre-mature babies, yesterday's experience has me questioning that maybe I want to work in the OR. I wish I could do job shadows at the hospital all the time. It's people like you that give kids like me life changing opportunities and make my thirst for medical become even stronger then before. Thank you so much for your willingness to teach me about the OR. "

Grandville High School student

"I saw a post on LinkedIn about your Job Shadowing program.  I followed it to your website.  Wow!  Do you people have it together... I am so impressed.  Lucky students who have access to Kent ISD."
Life's best, Carol Christen
(Author of What Color is Your Parachute? for Teens)





Video Testimonials

Middle School science teacher Tyler Buitenwerf of Creative Technology Academy in Cedar Springs, MI relates the impact of the Kent ISD STEM consultants on his school.


High School Science Teacher Jaclyn Hartman of Forest Hills schools in Grand Rapids, MI relates the impact of working with the STEM consultants on her students.

Upcoming Events

September 25
5x5 Night
5:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
5x5 Night
Sep 25
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
On the fourth Tuesday of each month, 5 creators will present their ideas for a chance to win $5,000 in grant money - no strings attached There is no restriction on the type of idea a presenter can submit, but it’s important to remember this is about moving an idea forward. The community votes on the ideas that will be presented at the event. The selected presenters explain a $5,000 step that will move the idea forward, and will meet people who can help. Just having an idea is not enough. You are the one pushing it into existence, so be clear about what’s needed for that next $5,000 step. Presenting the ideas is only part of the night. Part two is at the reception to find out the winner. Have a glass of wine, talk about ideas. That part of the evening is the whole reason we put on the event. Please join us. Please RSVP at http://5x5night.com/next.
October 3
Talk & Tour Career Series: Bio Medical Engineering
6:00 PM
MedBio 5346 36th Street Southeast
Talk & Tour Career Series: Bio Medical Engineering
Oct 3
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
MedBio 5346 36th Street Southeast
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 .
October 10
State of MI Online STEM Network
8:00 PM
State of MI Online STEM Network
Oct 10
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Calling all STEM Teachers - Join Michigan's NEW STEM Teacher Network The STEM Teacher Network is a community-driven PLC that connects STEM instructors across Michigan. Members can interact through our online community or join in on our monthly live online meetings. Each meeting will focus on a specific topic (such as free resources, class routines, or fundraising) and will feature a panel of fellow STEM teachers who are knowledgeable about that particular topic. Our first online meeting will be Tuesday, October 10 @ 8p Live sessions will continue on the second Tuesday of each month. Sign up here to receive the latest updates including an invitation to join our online community. Is this network for me? The STEM Teacher Network is open to any educator or administrator, but our focus is on supporting the work of integrated STEM teachers in grades K-12. You may be especially interested in joining our group if you are: a K-8 STEM “specials” teacher, a high school teacher with a passion for cross-curricular project-based learning, or a CTE instructor in a STEM-related field.
October 12
Teachers IN Industry
8:00 AM
Kent ISD - Thornapple Room
Teachers IN Industry
Oct 12
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Kent ISD - Thornapple Room
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Teachers in Industry is a professional development opportunity for educators to learn more about local employers and community organizations through on-site visits and presentations. Call the PD Hub at 365-2235 for questions about registration.
October 21
Girls Rock IT -- Hands on Tech Event
8:30 AM
Davenport University, 6191 Kraft Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI, United States
Girls Rock IT -- Hands on Tech Event
Oct 21
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Davenport University, 6191 Kraft Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI, United States
Career Readiness Event Calendar
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. Learn More and sign up at this link.