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Colleges, trades and more await high school graduates

Caledonia — Caledonia High School recently hosted a college and trades fair featuring more than 70 colleges, universities, trades, branches of the U.S. military and job training programs. 

High school students from Byron Center Public Schools, Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, Grand Rapids Public Schools, West Ottawa Public Schools and South Christian High School also attended the fair to explore opportunities for their future. 

For their second annual event, high school counselor Kurtis Hoffman said they put an emphasis on bringing in trade programs.

“It’s gone really well,” Hoffman said. “We’re trying to meet the needs of all of our students and we have a slew of kids interested in construction and electrician work.”

Local companies like Reyes Coca Cola Bottling answered students’ questions about job opportunities and tuition reimbursement. The event also featured out-of-state schools and programs, including WyoTech Trade School in Laramie, Wyoming, a popular table during the fair. 

“Trade school is another option for students after they graduate,” WyoTech admissions representative Alex Niesen said. “For a large portion of students who didn’t do well in the classroom setting, this offers variety, gives students options and gets them out and working with their hands.” 

WyoTech Trade School admissions representative Alex Niesen answers students’ questions at the Caledonia High School college and trades fair

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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