Students & Parents

How can we help you? Our primary role is to ….. Help our students and visitors DREAM!

In reality, our goal is to help you find your career interests and ultimately best program “fit” here at KCTC! If you become a student here and love what you are doing in your program, chances are you will find this will become a part of your career plan and could be a start to a very fulfilling and successful future! We get over 4,000 students requesting visits each year and we only have 2,500 seats total within the programs we currently offer. So figuring it out fast and correctly is important, so you don’t miss out! We assist you, your school’s counselor and/or your homeschooling parent as a part of your support network, in landing in the right program and pursuing your career goals. We have several ways to do this…..

Individual Program Visits

Temporarily offered via 45 minute Zoom sessions w/ live in-program activity presentations.

IF we are REMOTE this fall: Join us for a 45 minute zoom session to check out how your career interests fit into one of our programs. You will get time with our Career Development Facilitators to hear all about KCTC as an option for you, find out which career pathways and ultimately which programs line up with your interests and what your next steps should be. How to sign up for a session? If you are a homeschooling parent, please call 616-447-2433; If you student attends an area school, please contact/email the school’s counselor and they will guide you further in the process.

IF we are IN PERSON this fall: Come join us for a 2.25 hour experience; 50 minutes of checking out your career interests and learning about all programs we offer that you may like and then you are off to one program of your choice to experience it as a student.

You are hosted by our amazing student ambassadors and welcomed by our incredible instructors! Whatever the students are doing in their labs that day, you get to join in on the excitement. How? See your school’s counselor to get signed up or if you are a homeschooling parent, please call 616-447-2433

Large Group Visits

ON TEMPORARY HOLD for decisions regarding COVID-19.

Do you want to see the whole Tech Center with 75+ of your classmates? Ask your counselor/teacher to call us and reserve a time to bring your group out for a field trip to see us! During this 2 hour opportunity, you will have the chance to tour all of our main campus programs! Wonder what career your interests are really pointing you towards? Begin your career exploration plan by finding out what some of your career pathways/interests really are.

Community Tours

(Fall 2020- temporarily postponed until further notice due to COVID 19. Please call 447-2433 for additional information)

Did you miss our Open House event and want to still come see the Tech Center with your parent/family? This is a chance for you to bring someone with you to see the Tech Center in action on a regular day. This tour is great way to check out the facility to see students in action and image yourself here as a student. The tours do not stop in any particular area. This tour is just meant to give you a glimpse of everything. Bring your comfy shoes. We travel at a fast pace - about 2.1 miles/hour. You will get your daily steps in!

One-on-One Career Coaching (Deep Dives)

Yep that’s right! We call them deep dives because we help you “dive in” to discovering who you are and what you want to do after high school! If you are confused and a little nervous about what is next, once you become a student with us, we can assist you with individual career coaching to help you figure it out! We do lots of interesting career planning activities that help you look inward and also outward, at the world to discover your best fit!

This is a lifetime service we offer all of our KCTC/Kent ISD alumni.

Community Wide Open Houses

What to see it all at once? Then we highly recommend that you also try to attend one of our Community Wide Open Houses. These are offered each November and March (typically the first Thursday of each) from 5-7PM. This is ultimately the best way to see the Tech Center in action. On these nights all 28 programs will be represented and students and their families can explore the program options, talk with current students there exhibiting their work and ask instructors questions.

This is the only opportunity we have of this kind where all programs are represented at once. If you can’t make these dates, then please call us to see what other options are available at that time. Due to increased security requirements and our instructors primary need to focus on current and visiting students in our lab areas, parents are not physically able to attend regular program visits, however, if there is a need to speak with a specific instructor at another point in the year, that can be arranged.

Because parents are not allowed to attend program visits with their students (due to security measures), we encourage you 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.

Overall, our goal is to work hard using current career development methodology and tools to ensure that every visitor has at least one step forward toward their future and current students have an action plan and skills to support entering the world of work and/or further education when they leave us! We help you imagine and then you can go DO IT! 

What to know more? Please reach out to someone on our Career Development team. We will be sure to address your request for information.

Contact Our Team

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Andrea Reynolds
Career Development Coordinator
616.447.2433
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Sarena Chandler
Career Development Facilitator
616.447.2450
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Kara Frederickson-Borke
Career Development Facilitator
616.365.2434