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Snyder Signs Budget at Tech Center, and Takes a Tour

Students Show Governor, Lawmakers How They Learn


Lexis VanDyke had a pretty good excuse to be late for work on July 14. She was showing Gov. Rick Snyder around the culinary program at Kent Career Tech Center.

“It was nerve-wracking, but exciting,” said Lexis, who recently graduated from the high school program with a trio of certifications and 29 college credits already under her apron.

Claudia Bajema, Kent ISD Board member, and Dan Behm, superintendent of Forest Hills Public Schools, chat before the budget is signed

“It’s been exceptional learning experience,” she said.

Snyder was at the Tech Center with a handful of members of the Legislature to put his signature on the $56 billion state budget for fiscal year 2018, which includes record spending on K-12 schools.

There is a hefty investment in career and technical education programs such as those offered at the Tech Center.

That the governor chose the Tech Center as the site to sign the budget “just speaks volumes for all this governor has done for career and technical education,” said Kent ISD Superintendent Ron Caniff.

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Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema is a reporter and copy editor, covering Kent ISD, Forest Hills and Northview. She is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio

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