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 at KCTC and love what you are doing in your program, chances are you will find that 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 your program of interest 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 identifying your career goals. We have several ways to do this…..
Individual Program Visits
2021-2022 KCTC Program Visits
ONLY VIRTUAL PROGRAM VISITS ARE OFFERED AT THIS TIME DUE TO COVID-19
Join us for a one hour interactive virtual program visit to check out how your career interests fit into one of our programs. You will spend time with our Career Development Facilitators learning about KCTC as an option for you, finding out which career pathways and ultimately which programs line up with your interests and what your next steps should be.
When are visits offered?
Regular virtual program visits will be offered this fall on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during all three sessions: 7:30-8:30AM, 9:30-10:30AM and 12:30-1:30PM beginning Thursday, October 14th through Thursday, December 2nd. Our administration will decide what kind of visits can be safely offered for January 4th - March 24th in late November or early December. Please continue to watch the website www.thetechcenter.org for updates.
When should students attend a program visit of some kind?
Students can attend KCTC programs as juniors and/or seniors. Visits are particularly recommended for students in their sophomore and junior years. This is so they get current information regarding their program of interest one year prior to attending.
How do I sign my student up for a visit?
If you are a homeschooling parent, please call 616-447-2450 or 616-447-2433; If your student attends an area school, please contact/email the school’s counselor and they will guide you further in the process.
COMMUNITY TOURS ARE UNAVAILABLE AT THIS TIME DUE TO COVID-19
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
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 as well.
Community Wide Open House
Although we are unable to offer community open houses or tours this year, we hope to be able to do so this fall. Please continue to check this website for the most recent information and potential dates.
In the meantime, please refer back to the program tab on the website and check out the informational videos that have been provided for your viewing.
The community wide open house will be held later in the school year.
Overall, our goal is to utilize 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 get the skills required to begin activating that plan. This will support the students in entering the world of work and/or further their education when they leave us! We help them imagine and then can go DO IT!
Want to know more? Please reach out to our Career Development team. We will be sure to address your request for information.