• Gov. Rick Snyder meets with Tech Center students from the mechatronics and technology programs
  • Recent Comstock Park High graduate Bobby Carpenter, whose Tech Center experience earned him a summer job at Lacks Industries, explains elements of the program to Gov. Rick Snyder. Tech Center Principal John Kraus and State Superintendent Brian Whiston look on
  • Gov. Rick Snyder poses for a photo in front of the meat smoker at Kent Career Tech Center with, from left, instructor Lynne Sargent, student Lexis VanDyke and Tech Center Principal John Kraus

Snyder Signs Budget at Tech Center, and Takes a Tour

Students Show Governor, Lawmakers How They Learn

by Morgan Jarema  

Lexis VanDyke had a pretty good excuse to be late for work on July 14. She was showing Gov. Rick Snyder around the culinary program at Kent Career Tech Center.

"It was nerve-wracking, but exciting," said Lexis, who recently graduated from the high school program with a trio of certifications and 29 college credits already under her apron.

Claudia Bajema, Kent ISD Board member, and Dan Behm, superintendent of Forest Hills Public Schools, chat before the budget is signed"It's been exceptional learning experience," she said.

Snyder was at the Tech Center with a handful of members of the Legislature to put his signature on the $56 billion state budget for fiscal year 2018, which includes record spending on K-12 schools.

There is a hefty investment in career and technical education programs such as those offered at the Tech Center.

That the governor chose the Tech Center as the site to sign the budget "just speaks volumes for all this governor has done for career and technical education," said Kent ISD Superintendent Ron Caniff.


Lexis VanDyke and other Kent Career Tech Center students surround Gov. Rick Snyder after he signed the 2018 state budget

ent ISD Superintendent Ron Caniff makes remarks surrounded by, from left, State Superintendent Brian Whiston; Gov. Rick Snyder; Roger Curtis, state director of talent and economic development; and state Sen. Dave Hildenbrand

Tech Center instructor Joe Phillips demonstrates to Gov. Rick Snyder and Roger Curtis, state director of talent and economic development, how students are using mechatronics equipment

Submitted on: August 11th 2017

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