And while Kent Career Tech Center students will tell you how much they enjoy what they’re doing, students were hard at work when School News Network stopped by last week.
High school juniors and seniors in a variety of programs were both learning and demonstrating new skills, from reviewing designs in Graphic Communication, to making desserts in Hospitality/Culinary, testing networks in IT, or working with pneumatics in Mechatronics. Located on the campus of Kent ISD and a couple of satellite locations, about 2600 students a year participate in the programs.
The Tech Center offers about 20 different career programs that are in-demand with local employers. The unique school is open to students in all schools within the borders of Kent ISD, and is free (supported by millage dollars). All programs earn free college/specialty school credit and many offer a fast track to a career-related degree.
Dianne Carroll Burdick has worked as a photojournalist in the West Michigan area since 1991. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she has photographed for The Grand Rapids Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Detroit Free Press, Advance Newspapers, Grand Rapids Magazine, BLUE Magazine and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting and thought provoking stories of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2016.