Meet Some of Our Outstanding Students
Past and Present
Hayley is a senior at Kent Innovation High School and is also enrolled in KCTC's Criminal Justice Program. In addition she is currently taking two courses at GRCC, has an internship with District Court, and is the State President for SkillsUSA. Congratulations are in order for Hayley as she was recently awarded the YWCA Tribute Award. She is pictured here with her SkillsUSA Advisor Mrs. Riolo.
Engineering & Architectural Design
Sophia is a recent graduate from East Grand Rapids High school who attended KCTC's Engineering and Architectural Design program. She has been accepted into the honors college at the University of Chicago and plans to pursue her bachelor's degree in architecture. She aims to get her license and maybe open her own firm.
Advanced Culinary Arts Advanced Pastry Arts
Kaleb is a senior at KCTC and is homeschooled. He will be attending Grand Rapids Community College in the fall to study Culinary Arts. His career endeavor is to become a Fine Dining Chef. When asked what he likes most about KCTC he replied, "I like the hands on lab class and being able to do the work that is in the industry."
Dillon, from Comstock Park High School, was in the Advanced Health Careers program. When he began KCTC year, he had planned on becoming a Registered Nurse after high school. However, after learning more about his options in healthcare through clinicals and other career exploration activities at KCTC, Dillon leaned more towards becoming a Physician Assistant. "Even though I changed my mind about becoming a nurse, I plan on getting my CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) certification so I can work through college and get work experience that will help me later on."
Alec, from Forest Hills Central, was a student in the Graphic Communications program. He used his graphics skills to develop promotional materials for his family's business in Pentwater, The Hexagon House. "I like how class is set up like a work environment, and I can start building my portfolio now." Alec is interested in learning more about video game design.
Nate, from Byron Center High School, was in our Precision Machining satellite program at Grand Rapids Community College. Nate had taken an introductory engineering class at his home school, and he wanted an opportunity to apply some of the skills he learned there. Being at KCTC helped Nate get connected to people in the manufacturing industry, and he even landed a job with a local tooling company. "Working in the field has taught me that employers really want people who can do more than one job. Not only do I need to know how to make a part, it helps to understand how to best design them, too. The job experiences Mr. Betzinger helped me get have taught me a lot about the industry and made me more sure about a career in engineering."
Alicia, from Comstock Park High School, was in our Information Technology (IT) program. She became interested in IT because of all the job opportunities in the field. Alicia enjoyed the hands-on projects and appreciated how teachers treat students like adults. She planned to attend Davenport University after graduation because of the articulation options available. "My favorite part of IT was PC Tech, where we got to build computers and troubleshoot problems."
Sabri Carter Latin
Sabri, from Wyoming Park High School, was in our Engineering CAD (Computer Aided Design)/ Site Design Management course. Her interests in architecture and design led her to KCTC, and she knew the program would give her a head start with skills she'd use later in college and the workplace. Sabri says this class is for you if "you like creating things and thinking outside of the box." She liked that the assignments are project-based and provided opportunities for her to work with students from other schools who share her career interests.
Cruz, from Wyoming Park High School, completed the Electronics and Electrical Trades program (now discontinued). In addition to learning about electrical theory and applications in commercial and residential settings, he also enjoyed "the friendships made and working together on teams to solve problems and work on projects." Cruz planned to become an electrician and is considered an apprenticeship after high school.
Heather, a homeschooled student, was in both the Aviation Tech and Avionics programs held at Gerald R. Ford Airport. Even though she had no prior experience in Aviation before KCTC, Heather loved everything she learned. "The instructors have SO much experience in the industry, and they create an atmosphere that makes it fun to learn." Heather is interested in studying engineering in college but is undecided between mechanical and electrical engineering. She feels that she's getting exposure to a little bit of each at the Aviation Center and is confident that she'll be able to decide by the time she graduates next spring.
Jacob is a senior at Sparta High School and attends the Automotive Technology program. He likes that his learning is relevant, and it has helped him to set his college and career goals. Jacob plans to attend Lawrence Tech and then transfer to Kettering University to pursue degrees in Automotive Engineering. Jacob recently took 1st Place in the Auto Electrical event at the regional Skills USA competition. He will compete at the State level in April, with hopes of qualifying for Nationals in Kansas City in June.
Peter is a senior at Lee High School, Godfrey-Lee Public Schools and in Health Careers. "I knew this would give me an in-depth perspective on the medical field. I plan to become a physician or PA, so I knew I would get a good start here." He plans to pursue his goal at Central Michigan University or Wayne State University. "The Tech Center offers great ways to take on adult experiences at an early age." One of Peter's favorite experiences was his internship at St. Mary's Hospital. "I liked the fast pace and the opportunity to work at a professional level." He also had the opportunity to work at the Grand Rapids Veterans facility. "We had many hands-on experiences with patients."