Kent Intermediate School District

SNN: Launch U Addresses Talent Gap

Jan 12, 2018
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Jobs that pay well are open right now and companies are looking for skilled workers to fill them. School News Network is taking on this topic in new series: Bridging the Talent Gap.

Over the past year, more than 4,000 manufacturing jobs have been added in West Michigan, according to Talent 20-25, a force working to meet the demand for talent in this area.

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A Northview High School art teacher is getting ready to receive top honors at an upcoming conference with her peers.

When Tricia Erickson was a little girl, her mother found her drawing pictures of Yogi Bear and his cartoon friends Tricia watched on TV. Struck by how accurate the drawings were, her mom asked Tricia, “You drew these from figures moving on a screen?”

“That was the first time I realized maybe I’m good at something,” Erickson recalls with a smile, in her Northview High School art classroom.

United States Senator Debbie Stabenow continued her statewide series of workforce discussions in Grand Rapids Wednesday afternoon in an effort to learn how Michigan can better fill the demand for skilled workers. Visiting West Michigan on a statewide “listening tour” the Senator is focusing on professional career and training opportunities for students who don’t choose a four-year college path after high school or workers who want to be retrained for new jobs. Skilled labor is in high demand in West Michigan, especially in the manufacturing industry.

Kent ISD's 'Launch U' program launches in August

Jul 28, 2017

It’s safe to say that most teens probably wouldn’t want to go to high school for five years. But what if they were given an Associate’s Degree and an $85,000 a year job at the end of the five years if they did? That’s what is being offered to students in Kent County, as the Kent Intermediate School District is set to begin the first year of Launch U this August. 

Kent ISD millage proposal set for May 2nd vote

Apr 28, 2017

Kent County voters will head to the polls this Tuesday to vote on a new Kent Intermediate School District Millage. The proposed property tax increase would help funding in 20 school districts in the county. 

“Everyone benefits from a strong education system, and well educated students," Ron Koehler, the Kent ISD Assistant Superintendent said. "Good schools increase property values, and well educated students help our local democracy, and they also build our local economy by helping businesses grow.”

After rigorous campaigning over the past few months, Kent ISD officials celebrated a win Tuesday evening as voters approved a new Kent ISD millage which will allocate $19.9 million each year for 10 years to 20 Kent County school districts. Named the 'Strong Schools, Strong Communities' proposal, 100 percent of the revenue generated by the new property tax increase will be distributed to the school districts. 

This May, Kent County residents will vote on the “Strong Schools, Strong Communities” proposal, a potential millage on homeowners that would help fund career, and on-the-job training for students at local schools.  Kent Intermediate School District officials say 100 percent of funds generated by the Strong Schools Strong Communities proposal would be distributed to 20 schools districts in Kent County. Revenue generated by the considered tax would maintain current programs at local schools while expanding career training course offerings.

Officials decide against $1M grant for officers in schools

Jan 22, 2016

Officials in western Michigan are taking a pass on a $1 million grant that would have put eight police officers in public and faith-based schools.

The Grand Rapids Press reports the decision came after Grand Rapids Public Schools pulled out of the effort.

The Kent Intermediate School District and Grand Rapids Christian Schools had been interested in participating in the program.

The Grand Rapids district, which has a public safety department, was to receive four officers.