Announcements 2-2-2018


Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
Helen Keller 

On this day – February 2, 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, it gets scared and runs back into its burrow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring.

God, the Human Body, and the Meaning of Life & Under Pressure:  Teens Today – Bill Donaghy will speak to teens and parents on Saturday, February 10th, 9:00-11:30AM at West Catholic High School.  Ticket cost is $5 per individual or $20 per family, and are available at  Bill Donaghy is filled with a passion for his faith and dedicated to spreading the joy of the New Evangelization.  He has given hundreds of talks on Catholic Faith to young people throughout the greater Philadelphia area and beyond.  Bill worked for nearly a decade teaching theology at Malvern Preparatory School as well as Immaculata University, while giving talks, retreats, and conferences for the Theology of the Body Institute.  He has given talks and retreats to bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated men and women, and the lay faithful throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico, Chile, Australia, and Papua New Guinea.  He and his wife, Rebecca, live just outside of Philadelphia, PA with their four children.

Guidance Announcements

A variety of career paths will be highlighted throughout Kent ISD’s Talk & Tour Career Series this year. These career exploration events are like getting 5 job shadows in one! Come hear directly from a panel of professionals, ask your career questions, and tour the employer’s workspace. Parents are encouraged to attend! Designed for 7-12 grade students. Spots still available: GR Symphony, Meijer Pharmacy, Cherry Health and more!   Click here to register and for the complete 2017/2018 schedule  Just added: Careers in the field of Mental Health, May 8, 2018

Planning on a future career in health care? This is your chance to get “insider information” on the job search process directly from local hospital recruiters!  Come learn how you can set yourself up for success.  The format will be a moderated panel-discussion with an opportunity for your questions. All facilities are hiring! Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 3:30 – 5:00 PM. Held at the Kent Career Technical Center,  1655 East Beltline NE, GR – Auditorium. RSVP is required.   Click here.

Are you gifted in using your hands to create, build or fix things? Are you ready to graduate and need training and a job?  Offered by the Construction Workforce Development Association (CWDA) of West Michigan, The Jump Start Program teaches the basic skills to be successful in the construction industry, including basic construction math, intro to blueprint reading, how to use hand and power tools. Students (18-25 year olds) will also earn several industry certifications. There is a strong career development component to this program, so come discover the right hands-on path for you. Applications are available on February 1st and due by March 1st.  Jumpstart 2018 will take place full-time in the month of June at GRCC MTech center. Check out all the details at the  Jump Start- Construction page.

The Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Police Departments have launched an amazing program called  Pathways to Policing.   It is a 12-week program that happens on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6PM – 8PM where students are immersed with law enforcement.  It is open to students ages 13 – 20 and is completely free (a $5.00 charge to be a BGC member).

Here is some key dates:
·         February 2, 2018 –  Applications are due
·         February 5, 2018 – Kickoff / information session for participants will be held at Boys & Girls Club
·         February 12, 2018 –  Pathways to Policing Program begins

Scholarship detail is available on Naviance’s Family Connection under the Colleges tab.  Listed below are the scholarships currently available:

2/9 – University of Michigan Club of Grand Rapids – $3,750
2/22 – Kentwood Women’s Club – $1,000
2/28 – Roger B. Chaffee Scholarship – $3,000
3/1 – Rosa Park – $2,000
3/2 – Mary Jane Dockerary Scholarship – $1,500
3/31 – MSU Black Alumni – $3,500
4/2 – Michigan Retailers Association – $1,000 – $2,000

Testing Dates:
Catholic Central’s High School code is 231-685.


*Saturday, March 10, 2018 – Register by February 9, 2018
Saturday, May 5, 2018 – Register by April 6, 2018
*Saturday, June 2, 2018 – Register by May 3, 2108

*=test dates offered at Catholic Central High School

Saturday, February 10, 2018 – Register by January 12, 2018
Saturday, April 14, 2018 – Register by March 9, 2018
Saturday, June 9, 2018 – Register by May 4, 2018
Saturday, July 14, 2018 – Register by June 15, 2018

PRAYER – A DOMINICAN BLESSING FOR YOU –   May you be blessed by the God who knows you and loves you when you feel separated and excluded from your surroundings and overlooked by those around you. May you honor the truth of your own being and be willing to stand in it…even when you must stand alone. As you search for the “truth within you,” may you discover “God within you” and know them to be one and the same and that you are never really alone. May the God of Honor bless you. –©Maxine Shonk, OP

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