FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the KCTC attendance policy?

Students attending the Kent Career Technical Center are subject to the attendance policies of their own high schools while attending KCTC.  The limit on the maximum number of absences permitted in order to receive credit is determined by each high school’s policy.

Good attendance results in opportunities for job placement, internships, clinical, and many other special work-based learning opportunities.  Students who wish to participate with job placement, paid cooperative education or apprenticeship experiences must have a 90% attendance record for six weeks prior to job placement.

What should I do if my child is going to be absent from KCTC?

The student (or the student’s parent/guardian) has the sole responsibility of contacting their instructor, by phone or e-mail, prior to the start of class.  This contact should include the reason for the absence and if it will be for more than one day.  Instructor e-mails appear on this website or a message can be left by calling (616) 364-8421.

Those days when a local school is not sending students to KCTC do not require a contact directly to the instructor.

What should I do if my child needs an early dismissal from KCTC?

KCTC staff and administration are responsible for the well-being of students while they are attending class.  If a student must occasionally leave school before the end of a session, the student must obtain permission from their instructor and the main office prior to early dismissal (preferably a day in advance), by submitting the request for early dismissal in one of the following forms:

  • a written note from the sending school or a parent/gauardian

  • a phone call from the sending school or parent/guardian

  • a parent/guardian face-to-face contactface contact.

What is the KCTC Tardy policy?

Punctuality is emphasized and expected in each program.  Tardiness will result in the loss of a portion of the work habit and may prevent job placement opportunities.  Excessive tardiness may result in a parent meeting and/or the loss of driving privileges.

What is the KCTC driving policy?

Transportation is the responsibility of each student’s high school.  KCTC strongly encourages students to utilize bus service offered by their high school.  Students must ride the bus, have parents drop off and pick up, or obtain a KCTC Driving Permit.  Students who must drive to Kent Career Technical Center must have a KCTC driving tag. 

How does my child obtain a driving permit?

If the high school determines that a student may drive to KCTC, the student must obtain a KCTC Driving Permit.  The high school principal or designee and the student’s parent/guardian must sign the application.   A driving permit tag will be issued once the application is approved.  All vehicles must display the official vehicle tag on the rear view mirror, facing toward the front windshield.  The vehicle tag belongs to the student to whom it was originally distributed.  Driving Permit Vehicle Tags are NOT transferable from student to student.

Does KCTC provide lunch?

With the exception f Monday, our Hospitality program does offer lunches prepared and served by students in the program from 11:00 am – 12:15 pm. The menu is ala carte and an average lunch is between $3 and $5.  Sometimes curriculum, field trips or post secondary opportunities require the Hospitality students to be away from the lab (kitchen) and lunches are not available.  On most of those occasions and on Monday’s one of the KCTC Student Organizations sell pizza by the slice for $1.50 and soda for $1.25 as a fund-raiser.  KCTC does not offer a government subsidized lunch program. 

How do I update my child’s demographic and emergency contact information?

Log in to your PowerSchool account, a link for this is found to the right along the banner of the website, and then select Demographics from the menu along the left.  If you do not have a PowerSchool account you may contact us at (616) 364-8421 and we will provide you with a temporary Access ID and PIN to create an account.

What if my child is struggling or not enjoying their class(es)?

Student Support Services provides students with a wide range of services aimed at ensuring that each student receives the full benefit of attending KCTC.  Primary focus of these services is to ensure that students have the academic and technical support necessary for success in the classroom and laboratory, that they receive assistance in making good career choices, and that they continue their education and/or obtain related employment.  If your child is struggling they should talk to their KCTC counselor, and together they will develop a plan for success.

How does my student enroll for next year?

Students who would like to enroll should discuss the opportunity with their home school counselor by the beginning of February.  Enrollment requests can be entered by the local districts in early February.  If your child is a current KCTC student, they will go through the early enrollment process in November/December.  We encourage students to work with their local counselor to schedule a program visit or for Homeschooled families, to contact KCTC student services to schedule a program visit and begin the enrollment process.

Please Note:  Seniors completing the first year of a two-year program may return for a second school year if openings are available in that same program.  However, high school students receive priority placement.  Changing programs is not possible for high school graduates.  A  $200 tuition fee may apply as confirmation of intent to return.

What if my child transfers to another high school?

Students are eligible to attend KCTC if they meet the following criteria:

 

  • have completed the tenth grade (except for programs designed for 10th graders or beyond), AND

  • will be 16 years old on or before December 1st of the year in which they attend, AND

  • are attending a public, parochial or private school of the Kent Intermediate School District, or identified affiliate.

  • are a homeschooled student, living in Kent County, and meet the minimum age requirement identified above.

  • meet the requirements of a postgraduate student continuing in the second year of a two-year program (please see the administration for details.)

If your child transfers high schools and still meets the criteria above you should notify KCTC (616.364.8421) and work with a counselor at the new school to secure a class schedule that will allow your child to continue their KCTC course. 

 

Can you help my student find a job?

 

We have a Work-Based Learning center that can assist your child with job placement.  This center is located in the E wing of the main KCTC campus and can be reached by calling 616.365.2308.

 

How can I contribute or volunteer to help at KCTC?

 

Many times our programs need the assistance of parents for things such as field trips, classroom projects or real world experience.  If you are interested in volunteering please notify your child’s instructor.  For your convenience there is a link along the right of the Parent page, “Contact Us”.

 

What is a satellite program and does KCTC provide transportation to those locations?

 

A satellite program is a program that is not located on our main campus on East Beltline.  The following programs are off campus:  Avionics at the airport;  Aviation Maintenance Technology at the airport; Health Science Early College Academy at Metropolitan Hosp, GVSU downtown and Central High School downtown; Precision Machining at GRCC; and Regional Theatre at Byron Center High School.  KCTC provides a shuttle from the main campus to the airport or downtown campuses.  We do not provide transportation to Metropolitan Hospital or Byron Center High School.