Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Project NorthStar

The WIA program is funded through a grant from Michigan Works! to provide support to students who come from families that are struggling financially and who meet one of several criteria which indicate they are "at risk" for successfully completing high school. The goal of the program is to provide mentoring and services which will lead to graduation, post-secondary training and employment.

Key features of Kent ISD's WIA program are:

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

    "Rick Mushing, Kent ISD STEM Consultant, met with our WIA students yesterday
     about the Verizon App Challenge and was absolutely amazing!!!  The kids loved
     him ...this is such a great experience for them!  Thank you for letting me know
     about this opportunity for the kids.  Kent ISD's WIA program is GREAT!!!"       
                          Julie Gerard, Lee High School, October 29, 2014
LETTERS OF SUPPORT FOR OUR PROGRAM  

Chief Carmody, City of Wyoming Police Department  
Wyoming Parks & Recreation Department   
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Student Testimonials  

Edited WIA Video from Allison Kaufman on Vimeo.