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IChallengeUth involved 130 students, 44 master teachers and 22 local businesses. Thanks to all for helping make this program a success.
Secret Oreo Explosion sundae from Team Get the Scoop won the first OAISD futurePREP Sundae School. The yummy cool creation included deep fried Oreo's.
Did you know a family making up to $59,000 may qualify for free preschool? Learn more about how to start your child on a path for success.
Team OMT-Vehyl presented the best solution to a real-world business problem winning the OAISD futurePREP IChallengeU program. Congrats team and thank you business partners.
Students work with local businesses and organizations to fight summer learning loss through hands-on learning and gain real world experiences.
OAISD Superintendent Karen McPhee and David Sipka from MAISD were named “Outstanding Superintendent Communicators” by MSPRA.
Holland Public Schools, the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District and Doing More. Together. collaborate to feed kids in Holland during the summer months.
OAISD Asst. Superintendent for Instructional Services,Kyle Mayer was selected by the Assoc for Supervision and Curriculum Development 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders. Way to go Kyle!
Media Communications Instructor Bill Wolbrink recently won the Wall Street Journal Courageous Leader Award. Congratulations Bill!
Two Careerline Tech Center students will be heading to college with a scholarship initiated by CTC Paraprofessionals and supported by all CTC staff.
OAISD school leaders recently kicked off the second cycle of Instructional Rounds visits, a process designed to improve the “instructional core” of education.
One-week sessions in June let middle school students explore career options from 18 different fields in a fun, school-based environment. Register now!
Sheldon Pines School Students Present to Students and Staff
Students presented their research at the Propose a Better World Expo, answering questions and serving as role models to the younger students of Sheldon Pines.
High schools students recently celebrated the conclusion of this year’s program at a reverse job fair hosted by Haworth, Inc.
70 young adult students from local Community Based Instruction programs will compete and help make exercise a healthy habit.
Teachers from middle and high schools throughout the OAISD recently participated in a regional work session in collaboration with the VAEI Science Academy.
Three Careerline Tech Center students recently placed in the top three at the Michigan HOSA 2014 State Leadership Conference.
Friday, May 2 OAC will celebrate their 25th annual Festival of the Arts with performers, crafts and fun all around.
Culinary and Pastry Arts Instructor Joe Carmolli was recently named 2014 Michigan ProStart® Teacher of the Year. Congratulations Joe!
Partnership aims to better prepare students for in-demand STEM careers by engaging students like never before in science learning
The Dental Careers program recently visited classrooms at the Jenison Early Childhood Center to help the preschoolers learn about proper oral hygiene.
Visit Careerline Tech Center from 12:15-1:50 today through Friday for a great selection of gently used prom dresses and accessories.
Parents who have children with special needs may register now for the Love Learn Hope conference Friday, March 28. $10 registration includes lunch.
The annual CTC Graduate survey runs March 3-April 25 and takes only 5 minutes. Please answer a few confidential questions and help us make CTC even better!
LaMore will receive the highest honor by MCEC, the Dr. William Cruikshank Professional Service Award, for his contributions to the field of special education.
Careerline Tech Center students are creating peer-to peer traffic safety campaigns for the statewide Strive 4 a Safer Drive (S4SD) competition.
Educators are invited to this free unconference to learn from and with others in their field in an atmosphere of networking, conversing, sharing and collaborating.
Four Careerline Tech Center (CTC) Visual Communication students received top honors in the annual NAIAS High School Poster Contest.
A recent renovation to the Culinary Arts lab at Careerline Tech Center is allowing students to leave with college level cooking skills.
8th-11th grade students, parents and community members are invited to learn how students can earn free college credit, explore careers and see 105.3 HOT FM live.
January is School Board Recognition Month - a time to pay respects to volunteer board members who dedicate personal time to support public education. Thank you for your leadership and dedication!
Nearly 100 futurePREP Connections students recently completed their first semester with presentations to partner businesses and organizations.
Holland Junior Welfare League once again helped to spread holiday cheer by showing Santa the way to Ottawa Area Center.
Have you heard about Common Core State Standards, but not sure exactly what they are or what that even means? We're here to help.
Nearly 80 futurePREP Connections students visited area companies, colleges, and universities to learn about education options available after high school.
Nearly 200 OAC students attended the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey game to learn about healthy habits, work on social skills, and have fun.
Nearly 100 students learned what it is like to navigate life as an adult in the working world through a unique budgeting activity.
Local employers and educators are working together on a program that prepares students for life after high school and strengthens the local workforce.
Thank You for Serving Our Country!
Our staff and students are honoring our own veterans on this special day, and thank all of the men and women who have put their lives at risk to serve our country.
Education experts from the Ottawa area talk about school safety, bullying, Common Core and social media.
Thompson M-TEC in Holland is an approved Veterans’Administration GI Bill facility. Qualified veterans may use their benefit to enroll in courses.
Check out what CTC can offer you this Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. Earn college credit and high school credits and still spend time at your high school! See you there!
Friday, October 25 nearly 50 young adult students from the OAISD Community Based Instruction program competed at the Midtown Center in Holland.
Parents can learn how to keep their children safe online at 13565 Port Sheldon in Holland Thursday, Oct 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. See you there!
A course originating at OAISD has grown to be a statewide program from funding through the REMC Association of MI, 22i, and TRIG.
Maranda on WOTV4Women interviewed teachers helping students experience more in Spanish and Mandarin immersion programs.
Local K-8 educators recently gathered at Hope College to improve the way they deliver 21st century instruction.
Hands-on Electrical and Mechanical Skill Assessments help ensure companies hire the right candidate for the job.
The 2013 International Communicator Award recognized OAISD for its Doing More. Together. campaign and the innovative approach to building a pro-education campaign.
Careerline Tech Center student Mackenna Grasman was recently chosen as the winner of the Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival for her short film Body Image.
In case you missed the Doing More. Together. booth at the Maranda Park Party here is some great footage from a fantastic day! Hope to see you next year!
Check out the latest Doing More.Together. story on Maranda featuring the innovative futurePREP program, IChallengeU.
Watch WZZM 13's story to learn about the healing effects art education has on incarcerated students at the Ottawa County Juvenile Detention Center.
CTC Media Communications student Mackenna was selected as a winner from over 1,000 entries for her anti-underage drinking public service announcement.
Thanks to RE/MAX Grand Valley, students at the Ottawa Area Center learned about the science behind how hot air balloons rise and lower as part of the science curriculum.
CTC Parapro Jill Landman recently received the 2013 State Michigan Occupational Special Populations Association Outstanding Secondary Staff Award.
CTC is once again offering Career Camp for students who are completing 6th-8th grades. Sessions run June 10-14 and June 17-21 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
CTC student Mackenna G. recently won a $3,000 scholarship for her television commercial warning middle school students about the dangers of drinking alcohol.
Mackenzie is the first CTC student to win First place in the SkillsUSA State Plumbing competition. Good luck at Nationals!
Nearly 50 young adult students from local Community Based Instruction programs will compete and help make exercise a lifelong healthy habit.
Congrats to Ethan and Coby from the Auto Technology program at CTC for placing 3rd in the statewide Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition.
Terms for two OAISD Board of Education members expire June 30.Both indicated they will seek reelection.
Local business leaders from the Workforce Development Board will see firsthand the high-level career and technical education programs provided through CTC.
Harvard training completed by superintendents and school leaders was recently featured in the Michigan Association of School Administrators’ magazine Leader.
Attention 2012 CTC graduates. The annual CTC Graduate survey runs March 4 - April 26. The survey lasts 5 minutes and is confidential. Thanks for your help!
Ottawa area students and educators will attend the Science Careers in Search of Women Conference at Argonne National Laboratory.
Four CTC students recently qualified for the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference. Great work!
Check out our first interview on WOTV 4 and Maranda's Where You Live program. Keep an eye out for more interviews and great stories!
Katrina Klaes, CTC student, was recently named as the State FFA Winner for Agriscience Research. Well done Katrina!
The CTC Visual Communications student and senior from Hudsonville High School designed the winning logo for the West Michigan Student Showcase.
Lee DeWitt,OAC CBI instructor was recognized as Teacher of the Year by MCEC this year. We thank Lee for spending the past 33 years changing lives.
Come to CTC this Friday and meet Work Readiness Program instructors at Try It On Day. Visit us and find out if one of these careers is for you!
Learn about OAISD educational leaders who open their classrooms to colleagues (and competitors) in an effort to improve instruction for all students.
Friday, March 8 come see international sensation Carlos Seise in Spring Lake to support Artists Creating Together in the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District.
Enjoying a nice fire with these chilly days? Enjoy one faster by placing a handmade fire starter in the kindling. Warm yourself and support CBI students at the same time!
Governor Rick Snyder has declared February Career and Technical Education Month. Watch the OAISD & CTC Facebook pages for exciting CTE info all month.
Join us for this free "unconference" to share and learn new ideas in an open and fun environment. Anyone involved in education is welcome.
A recent Kids Count Michigan study ranked Ottawa County top in the state for children using indicators including health,economic security and education.
Over 100 business and educational leaders from the Ottawa area developed a set of 21st Century Skills reflecting the needs and interests of local employers.
Grab a friend and join us March 23 in Chicago. Choose a day of shopping,a fantastic play or see the Chicago Bulls. Book by Wednesday January 23.
Due to weather, the PAC meeting has been CANCELLED for Thursday, Jan 31 at 13565 Port Sheldon Rd. It will be rescheduled at a later date. Thank you.
Congratulations Visual Communications students Brinsley Kubiak and Daniel Gish on their first place awards at the North American International Auto Show.
the CTC Environmental and Agricultural Sciences instructor was recently named a finalist in the Michigan Farm Bureau 2012 Excellence in Agriculture Award.
Careerline Tech Center students donated a record setting amount of toys to help make Christmas special for everyone.
Looking for a great holiday present? The Enjoy the City coupon book offers hundreds of local coupons for only $20.
A design by Careerline Tech Center graduate Haylie Bos was selected as a winner in "the next iconic Threadless + Gap tee" contest.
CBI students will sell their crafts Friday, December 6, 2013 from 8:15-10:45 to help raise money for their arts program. OAC is located at 10160 96th Avenue in Allendale.
CTC students from a variety of career paths joined together to create a holiday float for the recent Holland Parade of Lights.
Know a golfer? Hudsonville CBI is selling "experienced" golf balls at a great price to benefit their Micro-Enterprise Program.
The CTC Marketing program is sponsoring a day of shopping December 1. For only $40 you will receive transportation, snacks, a goodie bag and more!
Apply by Friday November, 30 to be considered for this scholarship covering 95% of the cost of qualified programs.
Over 100 kindergarten students visited Careerline Tech Center for hands-on learning from CTC students and teachers.
Governor Snyder named Early On Coordinator and Supervisor for the OAISD Infant Development Program Sondra Stegenga to a state panel.
Interested in a healthcare career? Talk with working health care professionals and see hands-on demonstration Tuesday, November 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Local CBI students competed against three other ISD's in a chorale competition at the Midtown Center in Holland.
A unique swing built by Grand Valley Engineering students for Ottawa Area Center students was recently installed at OAC.
Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) is proud to celebrate 50 years of serving all learners in the Ottawa area.
The new partnership provides seniors with the tools they need to communicate in the technology based world of today.
Students, parents and the community are invited to the CTC Open House Tuesday, October 23 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
The 9,300 sq. ft. Diesel/Heavy Equipment Mechanics building expansion gives students more opportunities to learn.
Auto,Engineering, and Electrical/Alternative Energy students will learn first-hand about careers in alternative energy storage and lithium-ion battery technology.
Visual Communications students helped with La Petite Chateau, a community art piece representative of the simple schools in Ghana, West Africa.
CTC students and OAISD staff are invited to donate blood Wednesday, October 17 at Careerline Tech Center in Holland.
Vonnie VanderZwagg, Director of Early Childhood at OAISD, will present at the MAASE Professional Development workshop on Autism October 9.
Sixteen schools in Ottawa Area Intermediate School District were recognized as Reward schools by the State of Michigan this year.
"Like" us on Facebook to follow the IChallengeU competition and other futurePREP programs.
The 11 members of Team United Way won $1000 in college scholarship monies for their outstanding problem-solving skills and presentation. Bravo!
Attention OAISD/MAISD Bus Drivers! Register now for a day of humor, learning and insight Tuesday, August 15 with keynote speaker Tim Cusak.
Play N Learn Literacy Playgroups meet all summer. Please join us for stories, crafts, fun and child development and reading readiness information.
An unexpected merger has made the competition even more interesting. Follow what's been happening on YouTube and Facebook.
11th and 12th grade student teams pair with master teachers to develop solutions to real problems decided upon by corporate, civic and community members.
Summer Immersion is a unique opportunity for high school juniors to explore career options during their summer break. Check out what some students have been doing!
Jan Shangle won the 2012 Great Start Fierce Heart Advocacy Award for her dedication to serving young children and their families in Michigan. Congrats Jan!
Ottawa area middle school students continue learning about careers through fun, hands-on activities during Career Camp 2012.
This new opportunity gives preference to returning veterans in the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District but is open to any applicant with a financial need.
One-week sessions let middle school students explore career options from 18 different fields in a fun, school-based environment. Sessions run June 18-22 and June 25-29.Register now!
Rebecca Rapin won the third annual Drive2Life national competition. Her winning commercial is currently on the air. Congratulations!
High school juniors can learn hands-on in this three-week program. Visit Sleeping Bear Dunes and learn about CSA farming. Scholarships available.
Careerline Tech Center 2011 graduates - it isn't a political survey! March 5 - April 20 CTC will conduct its annual graduate follow-up calls. Thanks for your participation.
OAISD and the Michigan Assoc of Gifted Children invite teaching professionals and parents of gifted children to attend. Register today!
Join CTC Marketing students at Kollen Park in Holland. All proceeds benefit Van Andel Institute cancer research. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. with the walk at 9:30.
On Friday April 13, "Tangled" will be presented to benefit the CTC Marketing Program's Junior Achievement Program. Admission is only $1. Come join the fun!
CTC students placed 1st in the ServSafe Knowledge Bowl and 3rd in Culinary Discipline in the statewide competition.
Shop for new and gently used prom dresses, accessories and other formal wear. Donations gladly accepted at CTC through Monday, March 19.
Designed for families with children up to age five. Each session includes a story and crafts as well as information on child development and reading readiness.
Join other parents Thursday, March 15 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for a day of sharing and learning.
CTC Visual Communication student and Spring Lake Junior Shannon M. was named one of ten grand prize winners in nationwide cartoon contest.
Hear how CTE prepares students for high-wage, high-demand career fields from MI Teacher of the Year, Paul Galbenski who is also a CTE educator.
The Great Start Collaborative and Parent Coalition invite children & caregivers to Hemlock Crossings Monday, Feb 20. for healthy treats crafts and stories.
SPS students geared up and headed underwater to experience the thrill of scuba.
Sunday, February 12 is College Goal Sunday. Get free help filling out Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) forms at locations around the Ottawa Area.
Congratulations Angela
Ms.Johnson, teacher assistant at the Juvenile Services Center, has received a 2012 Honor Recipient Award from the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children.
The innovative OAISD Delta Math program continues to grow and serve more students in Ottawa County and beyond.
The annual November food drive challenge for fellow Tech Center students and their families in need was successful once again.
'Tis the season
The OAISD is embracing the season of giving once again by participating in the Greater Ottawa County United Way Campaign. This year, our primary campaign will run from December 12 – 23, 2011 with a goal of raising $20,000.
OAC students celebrate the holiday season Friday, December 9 at the West Ottawa Performing Arts Center.
Educational leaders from every school district in the OAISD are heading to Harvard to be trained in a unique school improvement process.
Twelve young adult students from the OAISD Community Based Instruction (CBI) programs will compete in a billiards competition Friday, Dec 2nd
Looking for a fun way to spend time with your kids? Look no further!
Sheldon Pines Thanksgiving November 18th
Sheldon Pines students will host their 26th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner to "serve" others by working with staff to perform all duties associated with the dinner.
OAISD and West Ottawa High School are hosting a half-day seminar to define how to help students understand the importance of the skill “Ethical Citizenship”.
OAISD and Media 1 partnered to host a half-day communication skills seminar for educators as part of the Skills4Success workshop series.
Careerline Tech Center is sponsoring a day trip to Chicago December 10th. Register today! $40 includes transportation, refreshments and a nap on the way home.
The Educators Working for Relevancy pilot program successfully completed its inaugural summer session.
JJI is looking for a few good shirts. White ones please all sizes welcome XS - XXXL
Careerline Tech Center Kinder Corner Preschool has limited openings available for both morning and afternoon sessions.
OAISD CBI students along with three other ISD's will perform in a choir competition Friday at 10:30 a.m.at the Midtown Center in Holland.
The innovative DELTA MATH RtI program was developed by OAISD staff and is currently used in MI and beyond.
OAISD students participated in a community ArtPrize entry organized by a local coffee shop to benefit African and Ottawa County art programs.
Come to CTC in Holland Tuesday October 25, 2011 and learn more about how you can save money on college
Tuesday October 11 at 2:30 you can be a part of history. Participate in Michelle Obama's Lets Move Challenge:Jumping Jacks.
CTC and Holland Hospital are hosting an Open House at CTC for high school students and their parents. Speak with area colleges and health care professionals.
OAISD and the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg to celebrate the success of the Educators Working for Relevancy pilot program.
Ottawa County is one of two Michigan counties chosen to pilot a new small group mentoring program called 4-H Tech Wizards.
The two-year continu­ation of the $1 million federal grant was awarded this year to help train teachers and provide class­room materials to those who teach fifth - 12th graders in Ottawa and Muskegon counties.
Five CTC students were top ten finishers at the National HOSA Conference and competition in Anaheim, California
3rd graders and students at Careerline Tech Center jointly created a coloring book to be distributed to patients at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.
Greg LaMore, Michigan's Children and Youth Action Network (CAN) coordinator receives CAN Coordinator of the Year.
Vote for Allendale Community Park in the Pepsi Refresh Program and help the park win a $50,000 grant.
TSC stores in Holland and Hudsonville are raising money to send CTC students to FFA conventions.
John Ball Park Zoo's JUMP program funded by Louis Padnos Iron & Metal provides free tickets to qualifying students.
Michigan Farm Bureau visited Tony McCaul's "new and exciting" Agriculture Science program at Careerline Tech Center.
Cheryl received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan chapter of the Association of Education and Rehabilitation for the Visually Impaired
The OAISD will honor eight retirees at an internal celebration Thursday, May 26th.
Over 300 students were honored at an awards ceremony Tuesday evening.
The challenges facing parents, teachers and children in a world of information overload, and limited financial, social and emotional resources are tremendous.
A team of 33 young adult students from the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District’s (OAISD),will be competing against teams from four other intermediate school districts.
The Ottawa County Great Start Collaborative and local law enforcement leaders will visit Ferry Elementary to read to children.
A CTC student and senior at Freedom Christian is a Doodle 4 Google finalist. Vote here http://bit.ly/iJWgiF
Delta Math provides students and teachers with immediate data on targeted mathematics benchmarks.
We're going to Disney! Actually, it's the Marketing students who won at the State competition this weekend and 6 kids are headed to Orlando for International's.
MSU Extension in West Olive,has received a grant from the Nat. 4-H Council and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program to provide an alternative youth mentoring program.
Prom Expo Friday and Saturday at Careerline Tech
Students in the Marketing program at CTC will be hosting the “Little Bit of Class” Dress Expo on Friday, March 25 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Holland CBI to Hold Open House
The Holland CBI has a new home at 145 College Avenue in Holland. Tour the new facility with students and their families on March 28 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.
To improve your software skills, consider enrolling in our open entry software courses where you can work at your own pace with instructor supervision.
Enrollment is underway for the 2011-2012 school year. Please call (616) 738-8950, ext 4491 or 4492 for more information.
Culinary & Pastry Arts take First and Third
Congratulations to the Culinary & Pastry Arts program for taking first and third place in the Chili Cookoff at Lake Michigan College with teachers Joe Carmolli and Jill Landman.
Toot-n-scoot Chili and Dance Competition
Join our Community Based Instruction students at the Toot-n-Scoot chili and dance competition, March 4 at 10:30 a.m at VanBuren ISD.
Students at Sheldon Pines School are participating in a Save the Children effort by making hats for newborns around the world.
Art students at the Ottawa County Juvenile Detention Center are supporting Love, Inc. and want your vote.
Ten students qualified for State competition and 14 students placed in the top ten of the regional competition.
Juvenile Justice Institute Students Play Ball
The Juvenile Justice Institute Cougars basketball team participates in the Lakeshore Honors Basketball League coordinated through Barnabas Ministries.
Check out Korye United this Sat from 3-5pm at St. Mary's Church & jam with a drum band.
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