West Michigan is home to some of the most innovative companies and organizations in the nation.
Yet too many of our young people finish school or drop out with no knowledge of the career opportunities that surround them.
This is where the business and educational communities are banding together.
This is where YOU can make a difference.
FuturePrep Connections is a unique partnership between these companies and local schools beginning in the 6th grade.

Video Document  Video about futurePREP'd Academy Program

Video Document  Video with the President and CEO's of Haworth and Herman Miller

futurePREP'd Academy is a unique public/private partnership between the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, local school districts, colleges/universities, economic development Agencies, chambers of commerce and businesses/organizations.

futurePREP'd Academy is currently being implemented within seven school districts and six companies from across the southern part of the Ottawa area within western Michigan through a collaboration between the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, Lakeshore Advantage, the West Coast Chamber and the Model Communities Initiatives.

External Link See Connections Map

In the Media


External Link New Partnership Program Connects School to Career for Area Students (Holland Sentinel, 11/3/13)

External Link New Program Helps Kids Connect Link Between Classroom and Career Choice (WGVU, 10/31/13)

External Link Supplier Envy: Southern States Set Sights on Michgan's Auto Suppliers (MiBiz, 10/27/13)

External Link The Missing Link? Connections Program Matches Employers with Educators to Create a New Talent Pipeline (MiBiz, 8/5/13)

External Link Preparing for Work: Lakeshore Schools, Business Partner to Expose 13,000 Students to Workforce (MLive, 5/14/13)

External Link College Scholarships: Six Ottawa County Students win $1,000 Each at IChallengeU Competition (MLive, 7/20/13)

External Link  Students Take Part in Summer IChallengeU Career Development Program to Enhance Business Skills (Holland Sentinel, 7/11/13)


Valorie Putnam
Assistant Superintendent
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Jason Pasatta
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David Searles
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Kathy Steinbach
Administrative Assistant
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Nicole Gitler
Program Developer
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Gwen Luban
Program Developer
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Melissa Bultema
Specialist/Early College