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Summertime means first time working for area students

A Summer Employment Program gives students crucial experience in the workplace...

‘Nobody more deserving’ than Maranda for Education Advocacy Award

WOTV4Women host Maranda, known for her annual Park Parties, infectious energy and approachable interviewing style, is the recipient of the Kent Intermediate Association of School Boards Education Advocacy Award for her contributions to children...

Shiny new equipment awaits students in welding program

The Tech Center’s new $1.5 million welding lab quickly fills all 100 spots for fall classes; finishing touches being placed on equipment and setup...

State legislators get schooled on effect of Michigan’s education cuts

School superintendents from Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties gave their state legislators an earful about how state funding cuts have impacted students during a meeting on Monday, June 24...

Student wins second straight grand prize in Congressional Art Competition

Northview senior Nick Ensing captures second straight grand prize in ArtFest 2019, the Congressional Art Competition for Michigan’s 3rd district...

What’s not to love? Bubbles, water, music, art and the Gardens

Hundreds of children and their families enjoyed a summer evening at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in May. This Laugh and Learn event takes place annually for families participating in Kent ISD’s Early Childhood programs...

Two programs become one, to help infants and toddlers

The Ken-O-Sha Home Community program will fit hand-in-glove with Kent ISD’s Early On program when Grand Rapids Public Schools transfers its special education center programs to Kent ISD this summer, leaders say. Both programs serve children with impairments from birth to 3 years old...

Student teacher cohort focuses on building network of support

The goal of the Leaders of Tomorrow program is to address Michigan’s teacher shortage by keeping new educators in Kent County and offering ongoing support so they stay in the profession...

Workshop offers students with special needs a day of fun and learning

Nearly 300 students from Kent, Ionia and Montcalm counties gathered at the Building Healthy Relationships conference sponsored by a grant aimed at promoting positive behavior among at-risk youth...

Alpine Elementary leans on KSSN to improve attendance and academic gains

Alpine Elementary shows off its Kent School Services Network program to 50 visiting community school directors. KSSN provides the basics for children and families such as clothes, food, money and relationships...

Final comments taken in K-12 Social Studies Standards debate

Local students and educators weighed in on on proposed Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards recently, adding their voices to five years of contentious debate...
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Documentary focuses on anxiety, related issues

A film and conversation about raising awareness around anxiety will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at Kent Career Tech Center, 1655 E. Beltline Ave. SE...

Kent ISD program helps launch aviation careers for high schoolers

High school students who attend the aviation programs at the Kent Career Tech Center get a head start on their aviation careers by learning the fundamentals of aircraft maintenance and electronics...

Educators say it’s urgent to bring more teachers of color into the pipeline

More than 100 educators gathered at Kent ISD to address the need to recruit, hire and retain teachers of color to serve a growingly diverse population of students...

New Kent ISD special education director brings a family tradition to job

Kirsten Myers, the new director of special education for Kent ISD, comes from a rich family tradition of educators. She was recently hired to replace Laurie VanderPloeg, who was appointed last October to be director of the Office of Special Education in the U.S. Department of Education...

New welding lab for high school students is a ‘big deal’

The new lab will be used for a two-year high school program scheduled to begin in the fall of 2019. Experts estimate more than 400,000 welding jobs will need to be filled by 2025...
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