If you are an educator within the Ottawa area, there are various ways for you to get involved in futurePREP'd Academy.

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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.

External Link  Current IChallengeU Educator Resources

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.

External Link  Current IChallengeUth Educator Resources

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.

External Link  Current futurePrep'd Academy Educator Resources

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.

futurePrepSnippet "We Make It Here" Videos

In collaboration with the Image Group, "We Make It Here" videos highlight various employees' career paths and their current positions within participating businesses. The videos will be utilized with students to highlight what local businesses do, the range of career options that exist locally, and the journey various individuals took to get to where they are at.

futurePrepSnippet WhoAmI

WhoAmI is an online system developed in collaboration with Atomic Object which enables students in 6th - 12th grades to document and share projects they are working on, receive feedback on those projects from their peers and outside experts, publish their work to an online, digital resume, and explore what local businesses and individuals within those businesses do.

External Link  Example Resume with WhoAmI

To receive an account for WhoAmI, please contact us directly.


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

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