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

March 19
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Pharmacy & Health Sciences
6:00 PM
Meijer Pharmacy, 550 Baldwin St, Jenison, MI 49428, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Date: Mar 19
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Meijer Pharmacy, 550 Baldwin St, Jenison, MI 49428, 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. This event has a video call. Join: https://meet.google.com/gmw-quqz-bjb +1 318-744-4167 PIN: 466114258#
April 16
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Public Health
6:00 PM
Cherry Health – Sheldon House, 201 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Public Health
Date: Apr 16
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Cherry Health – Sheldon House, 201 Sheldon Blvd 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.

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.
April 23
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Rehabilitation & Therapy
3:30 PM
Mary FREE BED Professional Building, 350 Lafayette Ave SE #308, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Rehabilitation & Therapy
Date: Apr 23
Time: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Mary FREE BED Professional Building, 350 Lafayette Ave SE #308, 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 time & location for this event.  This will be held in the Meijer Conference Center at the Mary Free Bed Professional Building, not the main rehabilitation hospital.  The event time is also earlier than our usual Talk & Tour event time.

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.
April 30
Talk & Tour Career Series: The Entrepreneur's Journey
6:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: The Entrepreneur's Journey
Date: Apr 30
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, 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.

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.
May 14
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Health/Orthopaedics
6:00 PM
Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan, 1111 Leffingwell Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Health/Orthopaedics
Date: May 14
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan, 1111 Leffingwell Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, 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