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Junior ROTC Alive and Well at Innovation Central

Innovation Central High School is known for its Center of Innovation programs, but a new program, The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program, has been offering its own unique experience. JROTC is offered as a class during the school...

Student Competitors Put Skills to the Test

Cakes were baking and hammers were swinging at the Skills USA regionals recently hosted at Kent Career Tech Center, where 400 students from across the state competed for scholarships and a chance to head to State and National Championships. Baker...

Placing Students with Special Needs in Real-World Jobs

You can learn only so much inside a classroom, especially if you're a young adult with special challenges. At some point, savvy educators say, you need to bust out and immerse yourself in the real workaday world. Joe Carlon and Michael...

Contest Offers Partnerships With Its Prizes

Changing the way students and parents view manufacturing jobs is the goal of a local video contest with more than $10,000 in prizes for area schools. "The perception is factory jobs are mundane, dirty and not a desirable career," said...

Veterans Honored on the Big Screen through Student Documentaries

Veterans' stories from World War ll and the Korean War premiered on the big screen during the recent Red Carpet Event at Wealthy Theater. One Hundred students from Kent Innovation High School produced documentaries with footage from interviews they...

Students Explore Their Future with Criminal Justice Professionals

300 criminal justice students from Kent Career Tech Center (KCTC) and 13 other West Michigan tech centers crowded around representatives from military units, the Secret Service, State and Local Police departments, as well as court representatives who shared their...

Helping Schools Prep for Online Testing

Nearly $100 million in grant money is helping school districts across the state update their technology so students can take standardized tests like the MEAP online.  The switch to online tests means students will get more help where they...

Giving ‘Til It Helps: Tough Upbringing Inspires a Life Devoted to Serving Children, Families

John Matias was late for our interview, but something told me to hang in there. I'm glad I did. "I'm sorry, I apologize," he said, after breaking through the door of Wealthy Street Bakery, where I sat with a cold...

Third-grade Reading Legislation Could Hold Back Thousands

Brown Elementary School students discussed the actions of a boasting rabbit and patient tortoise in Gayle Corey’s third-grade class as they considered characters, setting, problem and solution in Aesop’s classic fable. Then Corey challenged them to write a summary. “Go back,...

World Peace, Aid for Refugees on Display in Final Projects

Helping refugees acclimate to living in the U.S. and mock trials using forensic science were among the many final projects students from Kent ISD's Innovation High displayed last month before winter break. Students set up booths at Innovation High to...

Job Shadow Program helps Students Explore Engineering

Students and employers built some valuable connections recently during the second session of the Engineering Explorers program.  The program began in spring 2013 and connects students with local engineering firms to expand their knowledge of the field. For a...

Ten Schools Receive Defibrillators from Metro Health

In the awful event that someone collapses due to cardiac arrest, every second counts. That's the reason Metro Health Hospital is working to get Automated External Defibrillators in area schools. Metro Health officials presented representatives of 10 schools with AEDs...

Educators learn early response tools through Mental Health First Aid

Training educators to respond to early symptoms of mental illness is critical, and an approach 30 educators learned during a recent Mental Health First Aid training certification course at Kent ISD. That idea hit home again in the days following...

School Chiefs Help Habitat

The superintendents took part in the house-renovation session, titled KISA Superintendent Build Day 2013, hosted by Charles Rushmore, a financial advisor who works with districts. The house on Visser Street is one of 10 in a two-block area to...

Tech Center Health Science, Culinary Programs Open in New Downtown Market

While the new Downtown Market bustles with vendors peddling food and customers choosing meat and produce, Kent Career Tech Center students are hard at work on the facility’s second floor, preparing for careers in healthcare and culinary. Establishments nearby...

This Time Last Year: Ten-Year-Olds Start Fourth Year of Giving

Remember when you were 10? For a lot of us, life revolved around only a couple of things – simply playing outdoors, for example, and maybe trying to squirm out of homework. But for a half-dozen young ladies who...
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