Career Explorers

Career Explorers is a 6-week virtual career exploration experience to help students learn about 12 different occupations within a specific pathway of interest.

Do you have a gut feeling that you belong somewhere in business, but don't know what is available?  Or maybe everyone has told you that engineering would be a good field for you, but you have no idea where to start?  Wondering how to use your natural artistic ability in a career to support yourself?

Kent ISD and local professionals are offering Kent County students, grades 7-12, an opportunity get these answers, while learning about a variety of careers, so that they can make informed career decisions upon graduation.  

Careers In Business will be the first pathway focus.
April 13 - May 20, 2021 (Tuesdays/Thursdays),  3:30 PM - 4:00 PM.*

This virtual career exploration experience will provide students the opportunity to: 

  • Interact with 12 business professionals in a variety of occupations and settings through 30-minute Zoom Career Chats (career conversations)
  • Ask questions and get the "inside scoop" directly from people in the industry
  • Earn a certificate of completion to enhance scholarship/college  applications and resumes
  • Gain valuable insights about their own interests, values and personality
  • Practice time management, interpersonal communication, networking and critical thinking skills
  • Clarify their own career goals and develop next steps


  • Participate in 12 Career Chats. Students will have an opportunity to ask direct questions to the role models via the chat feature.
  • Compete a brief reflection for each Career Chat (a form will be provided)
  • Conduct one personal Informational Interview with an adult in a career of interest, and submit notes.
  • Complete an interest inventory and personality assessment to gain personal insights.

These certificate of completion tasks are intended to create a meaningful career exploration experience. The certificate provides students the documentation needed for talent portfolios, scholarship/college applications and resumes.

*While attendance during  the "live" Zoom events is expected, students with athletic or employment conflicts can also participate by watching recorded content.

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Registration deadline is April 9, 2021 @ 5:00 PM.


April/May Career Explorers Line-up

Janet Korn - Sr. Vice President

RyanStruck-VanderHaak - Corporate Recruiter
Progressive AE

Jorge Gonzalez - Director
Start Garden

Joanne Perschbacher - CFO
Kamminga & Roodvoets, Inc.

Rosemary KoldermanAssistant to the Executive Office
The Right Place, Inc.

Akia PierceRegional Team Lead Talent Acquisition
Mercy Health

Kelsey Haynes Bako - Community Relations & Partnerships
Spectrum Health

Kiersten SchulteProject Manager
West Michigan Works!

Eleanor MorenoDirector
Grandville Ave Arts and Humanities

Bryan BickfordAssociate Director of Advertising and Writing (Marketing)
Grand Valley State University

Sean Wright - VP of Corporate Sales
Grand Rapids Griffins

Chris McKellar - Owner
Love's Ice Cream

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