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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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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.



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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
Alex Harsay
Careerline Tech Center
616-738-8950 x4176
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
Susan Tater
Careerline Tech Center
Kari VanderVeen
Careerline Tech Center
616-738-8950 x4034