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Career Chats - Virtual Career Exploration Series

Kent ISD’s Career Chats are designed to provide 7-12 grade students a virtual opportunity to meet real professionals employed in real jobs.  This series of 30 minute sessions will highlight professions from a variety of career pathways, giving students the opportunity to learn more about a career of interest, or to explore new options.  Professionals will share their own career path, along with valuable industry insights that support student career exploration.  Students will have an opportunity to ask their own questions through the platform’s chat function.

Additional Career Chats will be offered during the 2020/2021 school year. Please check back in late August for the new schedule of events.

If you are interested in being one of our Professional Guests at a future Career Chat, please complete this brief form, and we will follow-up with you!

Questions? Contact Krista Harmon,, or 616-365-2369.


Career Pathway



Monday, May 18, 2020

Hospitality and Tourism

Executive Housekeeping Manager JW Marriott Andre Marchena
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Architecture & Construction
Designer  Welch Tile & Marble Co. Caela Manninen
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Information Technology
Accelerator Manager/ Software Consultant and Developer Atomic Object Jesse Hill
Thursday, May 21, 2020 Arts, A/V Technology & Communication
President/CEO - Innovative Marketing Firm Blue Flame Thinking Josh Stauffer
Friday, May 22, 2020 Health Sciences
Physician Assistant (Pediatric) Oak Orchard Health Center Sandra Stodola
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Health Sciences
Physical Therapist Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy Pat McCloskey
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Health Sciences Personal Trainer Fit With Eric Eric Negus
Thursday, May 28, 2020 S.T.E.M. Engineer JDH Engineering Amy Bronkema
Monday, June 1, 2020 Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Deputy Sheriff Kent County Sheriff's Department Mandy Bernal-Hill
Thursday, June 4, 2020 Construction Construction Project Manager & Landscape Artist Sobie Company Cris Birdsong
Friday, June 5, 2020 Health Sciences Neo Natal RN/ Nurse Educator Helen DeVos Children's Hospital NICU Meaghan Tieri