Businesses/Organizations

futurePREP'd Academy is a unique opportunity for local businesses to expose educators and students to their work.

There are a variety of ways for your business/organization to get involved in futurePREP'd Academy.

Contact us directly if you are interested in being part of the program.  

IChallengeU (9th-12th Grade)

IChallengeU is an intense, two-week summer educational opportunity for students in grades 9 - 12 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 have the opportunity to experience first-hand some of the area's most innovative companies and organizations.

IChallengeUth (6th-8th Grade)

Modeled after the IChallengeU Program students in grades 6 - 8 will spend one week working with their teams through the process of developing a solution to real-world issues that local companies/ organizations are currently facing. The solution that students develop are then presented back to leadership at the company and a panel of judges at the end of the program.

futurePREP'd Academy

The futurePREP'd Academy is an after-school opportunity for students in high school 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.

"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.

Internships

Through futurePREP'd Academy, participating businesses have a direct link to students who have the interest and passion to engage in internships at their company.
 

Mentoring

Beginning in the 2014/2015 school year, individuals from local businesses and organizations will have the opportunity to participate in a structured mentoring program with students in the 8th grade.

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For more information, please contact one of our staff members:
Melissa Bultema
Careerline Tech Center
616-738-8950 x4204
Nicole Gitler
Careerline Tech Center
616-738-8950 x4175
Jennifer Knittel
Careerline Tech Center
616-738-8950 x4878
David Ladd
Careerline Tech Center
616-738-8950 x4089
Valorie Putnam
Careerline Tech Center
616-738-8935 x4203
David Searles
Careerline Tech Center
616-738-8950 x4302
Kathy Steinbach
Careerline Tech Center
616-738-8950 x4034