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.

futurePREP'd Academy is a unique public/private partnership between 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 Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, Lakeshore Advantage, the West Coast Chamber and the Model Communities Initiatives.




Valorie Putnam
Assistant Superintendent
616-738-8935 x4203
David Searles
616-738-8950 x4302
Kathy Steinbach
Administrative Assistant
616-738-8950 x4034
Jennifer Knittel
616-738-8950 x4878
Nicole Gitler
Program Developer
616-738-8950 x4175
Gwen Luban
Program Developer
616-738-8950 x4176
Melissa Bultema
Specialist/Early College
616-738-8950 x4204
David Ladd
Career Development Facilitator
616-738-8950 x4089