Health Careers Immersion Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don't have transportation?

We know transportation can be a significant barrier for some students. Students often use public transportation and carpooling to address this issue.  We make every effort to minimize travel to multiple locations during the semester.  If transportation will be an issue for you, please contact us as soon as possible.  There is good news! We received a grant to assist students with transportation to health career related programs! Email us for more information.

Do I get to pick my schedule?

We do our best to accommodate schedules of those accepted into the program. We will be asking for a preferred schedule prior to the orientations.  Most placement rotations take place between the hours of 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Monday - Friday.  Your assignment will be 2.5 hours, 2 times per week.  Evening and weekend placements may be considered, but only if we have available sites. 

Students who request Spectrum Health – Medical Explorers, must commit to a timeframe of 2:30 pm-5:00 pm on Tuesday/Thursday. No exceptions.

Do I get to choose the places where I will be visiting?

You will provide your health career interest area and preferred placement sites in the online application. We do our very best in placing interns in locations/departments that match their interests, however, we can't guarantee it. 

In this program, we intentionally offer a wide variety of experiences to help you learn more about health careers and your own interests. You may be exposed to health careers you haven't considered before, and we encourage you to keep an open mind throughout the semester. 

Again, if you select Spectrum Health - Medical Explorers, you must be available from 2:30 pm - 5:00 PM on Tuesdays/Thursdays.

Why is there so much paperwork?

As patient privacy legislation (HIPAA) has moved forward, more and more health care settings are limiting the number of opportunities for young people to explore health careers in clinical settings.  The Health Careers Immersion program has been able to maintain this wonderful opportunity by ensuring that our students are properly screened and prepared to enter the hospitals and other clinical work sites.  By completing all the required forms, training modules, and immunizations, we are making sure you will be safe and prepared to enter the workplace.

Can I get credit for this Immersion experience?

Maybe.  Some schools offer classroom credit for students that complete the requirements of the Health Careers Immersion Program.  You will need to speak directly with your guidance counselor to see if your school offers credit. (Please connect us to your counselor if they are unsure about credit options.) Even without earning credit, the Health Career Immersion is a wonderful career exploration opportunity and will provide you valuable experiences, career knowledge and a chance to meet real professionals in the health care industry!

What happens if I am unable to finish the semester?

Hospitals and clinical settings volunteer significant time and energy into making this a valuable experience for students. We don’t want to jeopardize our relationships with these organizations by placing students who cannot commit to the entire semester. However, we know that sometimes unforeseeable circumstances can impact your commitments. BEFORE YOU APPLY, it is important to carefully consider your career interests, school schedule, and current extracurricular activities (sports, job, clubs, church, etc.) to determine if you actually have time to participate in this program. Please only apply if you can commit to the entire semester/trimester.

If you are taking the Immersion program for credit, and do not complete the requirements, you will forfeit the credits.

Will my child be safe?

The safety of your student is of utmost importance to the Kent ISD's Health Careers Immersion Program. As a reminder, your student will not have direct contact with patients. This is an observation program.   While healthcare facilities have inherent risks (exposure to bacteria, viruses, blood, etc.) we have taken measures to protect your student and the patients from additional risk by requiring current immunizations, TB tests, and the flu vaccine.  Additional workplace safety will be addressed at the mandatory KISD orientation, in addition to the 4 online training modules that will be required as part of the program requirements. 

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.