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

Click on a program heading below to learn more about how to get involved. 

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 coursework with coursework at the college level. By beginning in 11th grade and taking a full schedule of college coursework in their 13th year, students have the opportunity to graduate with both a high school diploma and an Associate Degree.

futurePrepSnippet futurePREP'd Academy

futurePREP'd Academy is an after-school opportunity for incoming 11th and 12th-grade students to work with Master Teachers from across 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 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 shops.

For more information, 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