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futurePREP'd Academy is a set of unique experiences for 6th-12th grade students to learn about their interests, passions and local companies.

Currently, participating schools and districts include:

If you are a student within these schools and districts there are various ways for you to get involved in futurePREP'd Academy.

futurePrepSnippet Early College

Early College is a unique opportunity for select students that are interested in exploring and earning a degree in the areas of (1) Advanced Manufacturing/Engineering, (2) Health Care, and/or (3) Agriculture to begin blending their High School course work with course work at the college level. By beginning in 11th grade and taking a full schedule of college coursework in a 13th year, students have the opportunity to graduate with both a High School diploma and an Associate Degree.

Additional information and student applications for Early College in the southern portion of Ottawa County and northern Allegan County will be released in early 2014.

futurePrepSnippet futurePREP'd Academy

The futurePREP'd Academy is an after-school opportunity for incoming 11th and 12th grade students to work with Master Teachers from across the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) and Ottawa Area corporations and organizations to learn about the myriad of opportunities that surround them and how this could fit into potential careers and post-secondary programs of study.

futurePrepSnippet IChallengeU (9th-12th Grade)

IChallengeU is an intense, two-week summer educational opportunity for 11th and 12th grade students to work with Master Teachers from across the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) and Ottawa Area corporate, civic, and community leaders to develop solutions to real problems as posed by the partnering corporate, civic, and community partners. Participating students earn 4 college credits through Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and have the opportunity to experience first-hand some of the area's most innovative companies and organizations.

futurePrepSnippet IChallengeUth (6th-8th Grade)

Modeled after the IChallengeU Program, over the course of a week in the summer incoming 7th - 8th grade students will work through the process of developing solutions to real-world issues that local companies/organizations are currently facing. The solutions that students develop are then presented back to leadership at the company and a panel of judges at the end of the program.

futurePrepSnippet Sundae School (1st-5th Grade)

Within the Sundae School program, incoming 1st through 5th grade students will work in teams under the guidance of two master teachers from the Ottawa area to research, develop, test, and market new and unique sundae combinations for local ice cream shoppes.

futurePrepSnippet Summer Immersion

Summer Immersion is a unique opportunity for high school students to work with Master Teachers from across the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) to explore unique topics and content (e.g. - Urban Sociology, Poetry, Dune Ecology, etc.) in a hands-on and experiential way across five weeks in the summer. Students that participate in the Summer Immersion Program will have the opportunity to earn high school credit through the program.

For more information, please contact one of our staff members:

Valorie Putnam
Assistant Superintendent
616-738-8935 x4203
Jason Pasatta
616-738-8950 x4039
David Searles
616-738-8950 x4302
Kathy Steinbach
Administrative Assistant
616-738-8950 x4034
Stephanie DeDoes
616-738-8940 x4089
Melissa Bultema
Specialist/Early College