Project NorthStar


Everyone has dreams, what are yours?  What would you like to do next in life?  We want to help you get there.

Funded through a grant from Michigan Works!, the coaches in Project NorthStar can help guide you through the obstacles in your way so you can:
   - Finish high school or earn a GED (General Education Development)
   - Get a job
   - Start college

What are your strengths, skills, abilities, interests?

Tell us!  We'll listen.  Then, we'll help you figure out how to achieve your goal.  We'll walk right along side you every step of the way.  We can:
   - Help you set goals and create a realistic plan to meet them
   - Help you write a resume, find job shadows and internships
   - Find job training and a job
   - Help with college visits, applications and the process of starting college

Need help finishing school or getting a job?

We want to help!  We work with young people ages 16-24 who have something standing in the way of completing an education or getting a job.  Whether you're dealing with lost credits, homelessness, pregnancy or another life challenge, we have ways to help.

Key features of Kent ISD's Project NorthStar program are:

  • Career planning
  • Post-secondary education planning
  • College visits
  • Mentoring & tutoring
  • Career exploration
  • Job shadowing & internships
  • Job search assistance & training
  • Employability skills
  • Possible work experience
  • Financial literacy training
  • Information & referrals to other service providers & community resources
  • One-year transition program

Visit us on Facebook:  facebook.com/projectnorthstar

Upcoming Events

December 4
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Architecture & Engineering
6:00 PM
Progressive AE, 1811 4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Architecture & Engineering
Dec 4
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Progressive AE, 1811 4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
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. This event has a video call. Join: https://meet.google.com/yvo-fsft-bch +1 513-783-1546 PIN: 226241998#
December 11
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Interior Design & Sales
6:00 PM
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Interior Design & Sales
Dec 11
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
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.
December 18
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Rehabilitation & Therapy
3:30 PM
Mary Free Bed Professional Building, 350 Lafayette Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Rehabilitation & Therapy
Dec 18
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Mary Free Bed Professional Building, 350 Lafayette Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
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 & address for this location.  This event will be held in the Meijer Conference Center at Mary Free Bed's Professional Building.  This will NOT be in the main rehabilitation hospital.


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.
February 1
Groundhog Job Shadow Day
Groundhog Job Shadow Day
Feb 1
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Have 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" - #GSD19 is for you!

When: February 1, 2019
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 5
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Engineering & Construction
6:00 PM
Fishbeck Thompson Carr & Huber, 1515 Arboretum Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Engineering & Construction
Feb 5
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Fishbeck Thompson Carr & Huber, 1515 Arboretum Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, USA
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.
Contact Project NorthStar

616.365.2250
616.364.9796 (fax)
Text 315.820.9462
northstar@kentisd.org