FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What is Kent Career Tech Center's attendance policy?
Students attending the Kent Career Tech Center are subject to the attendance policies of their own high schools while attending the Tech Center. The limit on the maximum number of absences permitted in order to receive credit is determined by each high school’s policy; however, should attendance become an issue in student success, a contract may be initiated in attempt to create successful learning. Failure to meet the terms of the contract may result in being dropped from the Tech Center and/or non-return for the following year. Good attendance results in opportunities for job placement, internships, clinical, and many other special work-based learning opportunities.
What should I do if my child is going to be absent from Kent Career Tech Center?
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 the Tech Center do not require a contact directly to the instructor.
What should I do if my child needs an early dismissal from Kent Career Tech Center?
The Tech Center 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/guardian
a phone call from the sending school or parent/guardian
a parent/guardian face-to-face contact
What is Kent Career Tech Center's 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 Kent Career Tech Center's driving policy?
Transportation is the responsibility of each student’s high school. The Tech Center 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 Kent Career Tech Center Driving Permit. Students who must drive to Kent Career Tech Center must have a Kent Career Tech Center driving tag.
How does my child obtain a parking permit?
If the high school determines that a student may drive to the Tech Center, the student must obtain a Kent Career Tech Center parking Permit. The high school principal or designee and the student’s parent/guardian must sign the application. A parking 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. Parking Permit Vehicle Tags are NOT transferable from student to student.
Does Kent Career Tech Center provide lunch?
With the exception f Monday, our Hospitality program does offer lunches prepared and served by students in the program from 11:30am–12pm. 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 the Tech Center Student Organizations sell pizza by the slice for $1.50 and soda for $1.50 as a fund-raiser. The Tech Center 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 616.365.2240 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 Kent Career Tech Center. 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 Kent Career Tech Center counselor, and together they will develop a plan for success.
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 Kent Career Tech Center 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 Kent Career Tech Center 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 Kent Career Tech Center 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 Kent Career Tech Center (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 Tech Center 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 E wing of the Tech Center campus and can be reached by calling 616.364.8421.
How can I contribute or volunteer to help at Kent Career Tech Center?
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 Kent Career Tech Center 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, Biomedical Technology and Health Professionals at GVSU's Cook-DeVos Center downtown, Hospitality & Culinary and Marketing & Entrepreneurship at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market, Precision Machining at GRCC's Applied Tech Center. Kent Career Tech Center provides a shuttle from the main campus to the airport or downtown campuses.