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Kent Career Tech Center hosts open house in February

Kent ISD — The Kent Career Tech Center, 1655 E. Beltline NE, will host its 2024 open house Feb. 7 and 8. The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. on both days.

Visitors will be able to explore the Tech Center campus, visit classrooms, see demonstrations, talk to instructors and gather information about the various Tech Center programs. Student services and enrollment information will be available and light refreshments will be provided by the culinary program. 

The Tech Center’s programs include construction, aviation, engineering, manufacturing, marketing, cybersecurity, digital animation, criminal justice, hospitality, agriscience and several health science programs including pharmacy, EMT and nurse tech/patient tech services. In addition, the Tech Center offers introductory programs for automotive, hospitality and marketing and a pre-vocational exploration program. 

The Tech Center also is the home of the Teacher Academy and the Career Orientation Readiness Experiences, a program that helps high school students who are not ready for independent and competitive employment transition from school to work. 

To participate in Kent Career Tech Center programs, a student must have completed the 10th grade (except for programs designed for sophomores or beyond); be 16 years old on or before Dec. 1; and be either a student attending a public, parochial or private school in the Kent Intermediate School District or a homeschooled student living in Kent County.

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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma is a reporter covering Kent ISD, Godwin Heights, Kelloggsville, Forest Hills and Comstock Park. The salutatorian for the Hartland Public Schools class of 1985, she changed her colors from blue and maize to green and white by attending Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism. Joanne moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1989, where she started her journalism career at the Advance Newspapers. She later became the editor for On-the-Town magazine, a local arts and entertainment publication. Her eldest daughter is a nurse, working in Holland, and her youngest attends Oakland University. Both are graduates from Byron Center High School. She is a volunteer for the Van Singel Fine Arts Advisory Board and the Kent District Library. In her free time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family, checking out local theater and keeping up with all the exchange students they have hosted through the years. Read Joanne's full bio


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