School counselors and LEA partners will find information and links for their use below.
Satellite Programs and Transportation
Biomedical, Marketing & Entrepreneurial, Aviation, Avionics, and Precision Machining all have busses that shuttle the students from KCTC to their satellite classroom location. Please let your program visitors for these 5 programs know this. Note: Some first year Hospitality students will be placed at the Downtown Market, however there will be no program visits to that location.
Transportation Instructions for Satellite Program Visits:
- Students get off their high schools’ bus (in Lots #1 or #5) and look for a shuttle bus in "Lot #1".
- Shuttle busses are regular school busses marked with “Forest Hills School District” and are lined up curbside in Lot #1. Program Banners are hanging on posts curbside to indicate which bus is going to which satellite location.
- Students who are confused should go into the KCTC main eating area (the Commons) and look for a table with a blue flashing lightand a sign indicating “Program Visitors” for assistance. Security is also present in the parking lots to assist.
- Students need to know the LOCATION of the satellite program they are visiting and tell the bus driver this destination by location, to confirm they are on the correct shuttle bus! Busses leave sharply at 6:55AM, 8:45AM, and 12 noon. (Examples: I am going to the downtown GVSU building where the Biomedical program is located; I am going to the Downtown Market to the Marketing & Entrepreneurial program; I am going to the airport for the Aviation program OR I am going to GRCC for the Precision Machining program).
Online Enrollment (OE)
The Online Enrollment (OE) system is used for scheduling your student for an individual program visit, for checking the attendance associated with that program visit, and for making enrollment requests, as well as getting information about enrollment in KCTC programs. For any enrollment related questions, please contact, Tricia DeShane, at TriciaDeShane@kentisd.org.
Signing your student up for a program visit using the OE system:
To sign your student up for a KCTC Program Visit, visit our website: www.thetechcenter.org/forschools/. The online program visits reservation system is currently scheduled to be available as of Monday, September 23 . On the far right side of the page, scroll to the bottom and find in blue bold letters, “schedule a program visit.” Once you click on this, it will link you to the OE site where you’ll be able to register your students for their visit. If you are new to the site, follow the instructions to get registered as a counselor or someone who can schedule students from your school. Please contact us if your students have a difficult time deciding which program they should visit. It will be our pleasure to work with you and/or assist them in figuring this out ahead of their visit.
Community tours are provided for those citizens of Kent County School Districts who would like to get an inside look at KCTC. Often parents, business partners, and other educators, request the opportunity to come see our learning environment first-hand. This is your chance! Tour dates and times will be listed in our monthly updates to you, so watch for that! Please note that anyone wanting a tour must RSVP ahead of time. If there’s inclement weather and KCTC is closed, the tour will be canceled and notices will be posted with local area radio and TV stations.
Because parents are not allowed to attend program visits with their students (due to security measures), we ask your help in encouraging them to attend one of our two KCTC open houses or to reserve a spot on one of our community tours by contacting us directly for this at 616-447-2433