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

February 1
Groundhog Job Shadow Day
Groundhog Job Shadow Day
Date: Feb 1
Calendar: 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
Date: Feb 5
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Fishbeck Thompson Carr & Huber, 1515 Arboretum Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, 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.
February 13
Teachers IN Industry
8:00 AM
Multiple locations - see link in description for details
Teachers IN Industry
Date: Feb 13
Time: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Multiple locations - see link in description for details
Calendar: Career Readiness Event Calendar
Educators, spend a day observing and learning from local employers, exploring industry trends and ways to connect their classroom content to the work world and best business practices. Businesses may host from one to 30 educators at a time for 60-90 minutes. Tours will consist of meeting with 2-4 different employers spanning a variety of business focuses. Generally, visits will be diversified to ensure a range of industries are covered, although some events may be themed to focus on a specific field/industry.

Cost for these events is $10, which covers lunch and transportation to/from businesses. SCECHs may also be available. Unable to go because your school can't cover for a sub? Substitute reimbursement is available on an as needed basis, up to $100. Follow the link below to complete a request form, submit it prior to the event, and we will review it based on need and available funds.

Register at the Kent ISD PD Hub

For more information, contact Eric Kelliher at erickelliher@kentisd.org This event has a video call. Join: https://meet.google.com/mpd-dxti-vcq +1 518-655-1847 PIN: 878048230#
February 19
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Rehabilitation & Therapy
6:00 PM
Mary Free Bed Professional Building, 350 Lafayette Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Rehabilitation & Therapy
Date: Feb 19
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Mary Free Bed Professional Building, 350 Lafayette Ave SE, 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 location of this event.  It will be at the Mary Free Bed Professional Building, not 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 26
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Mental Health Services
6:00 PM
Postma Center At Pine Rest, 300 68th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Mental Health Services
Date: Feb 26
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Postma Center At Pine Rest, 300 68th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548, 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.
Contact Project NorthStar

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