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Sweet salute: Students create gingerbread home for veterans

Kent Career Tech Center Hospitality students put their skills to the test, designing a sugary, candy-clad gingerbread house as a gift for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans residents....

‘Cooking Matters’ class teaches students to prepare healthy meals

Students in the CORE Program learned how to prepare healthy meals for themselves and their families through a hands-on class offered by the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids...

Sometimes, parents really do know best

Gloria Baker is competing for a national research scholarship with the help of instructors in the Health Sciences Early College Academy...

Lincoln Developmental Center renovations showcased

Area education leaders recently got a look at renovations at Lincoln Developmental Center, 862 Crahen Road NE...

Turning the (multiplication) tables

The Michigan Mathematics Educators (MichME) initiative is changing the way math is taught in West Michigan schools, one teacher and classroom at a time. After four years, the program has rewired the way math is taught by more than 250 educators and administrators...

Students invited to demo their social skills app at Samsung conference

3D Animation students from the Tech Center are headed to a Samsung development conference in San Francisco with their teacher to show off a 3D smartphone app they developed for autistic teens...

Kent ISD special ed chief tapped for national post

Laurie VanderPloeg looks at the job as both an educator and as a parent of a special-needs child. She hopes to address barriers to careers in the field, as well as negative news about educators...

Kent ISD workshop shows parents how to help students explore careers

Equipping parents with material, advice, to coach their teens on career choices...

Kent ISD administrator named to federal special education post

Kent ISD Director of Special Education Laurie VanderPloeg, who has led special education in the county for the past eight years, is headed to Washington, D.C., to lead special education for the entire nation...

GRCC, Tech Center create a recipe for student bakers to earn college degree

Interested in becoming a chef or baker? A new GRCC and Tech Center culinary partnership has the perfect recipe to make it happen, fast...

New leader for Center-based Special Education programs named

Paul Dymowski will oversee the transition of special education centers from Grand Rapids Public Schools to Kent ISD and will become the program's day-to-day administrator when the transition is complete in July 2019...

Transferring special education centers to Kent ISD makes sense, consultant says

National special education consultant weighs in on GRPS board decision on center-based programs...
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Missing school quickly adds up to lost learning

In an effort to reduce student absences, school districts across Kent ISD are participating in a campaign encouraging students to “Strive for Less Than 5” days absent each year...

Kent ISD creates new position to promote diversity, combat racism

New Kent ISD director aims to make sure “all of the kids in the village are taken care of”...

Once he knew the why, ‘Everything fell into place’

Jeff Bush, the new principal at Kent Innovation High School, was not a star student when he was in high school...

Former homecoming king knows grades matter… and a little AC/DC helps

Former high school jock and homecoming king Ryan Graham is now the team captain at the Tech Center...
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