Live Theatre…Here We Go Again!

It’s a big week as the Jenison High School Thespians proudly return to the stage to present this year’s spring musical; Mamma Mia! Last year brought much frustration and disappointment at the start of the COVID pandemic; so the students are appreciating every minute of the hard work and being rejuvenated by the sheer energy of this show.

Our new Theatre director, Ashlee DeGraaf kicked off the school year with virtual performances of the annual Festival of Plays. As we approached the spring musical season, the cast and crew were eager to get back on stage. They have tirelessly navigated ongoing challenges and changes including quarantined cast members at times. The Jenison Thespians are always a bright spot in the final months of the busy school year and I’m ecstatic that we are able to allow, not only the students to perform, but the community to safely join the fun. Tickets are still available for this weekend; we promise – you will not be disappointed!

Mamma Mia! brings so much laughter, joy, and dynamic dance numbers combined with an unforgettable line up of hit songs. Get your tickets today and let yourself be taken away to a Greek island paradise and bask in the glow of the Mediterranean sea and sun.


Tickets are still available!

To get your tickets, visit at www.jpsarts.com or call (616) 667-3602

*Safety protocols include limited socially distanced seating and face coverings required*


Performance Dates:

Thursday, March 25 at 7:00pm

Friday, March 26 at 7:00pm (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, March 27 at 1:00pm

Saturday, March 27 at 7:00pm

Ticket prices: $12 Adult, $8 Students (under age 18) and Senior Citizens

Once again, we are amazed by the hard work and dedication of the Jenison Thespians and can’t wait to see your latest production! You can get your tickets for this weekend here!

Directed by Ashlee DeGraaf
Choreography by Hailey MacKay
Musical Directors: Zachary Forsleff and Dan Scott
Photography: Stacey Clack Photography

The beautiful colors of El Puente

The El Puente building received a wonderful gift in the last few months of winter. A beautiful, vibrant mural by Dominican native, Erick Picardo was recently unveiled.

Not only will it be a brilliant experience for all visitors of El Puente to enjoy for years to come, it has an educational component. During the creation of the mural, principal Lloyd Gingerich, captured a time-lapse video of the mural being completed and also produced a video of Picardo speaking about the mural in Spanish as a teaching tool for the Spanish immersion students.

El Puente families were also given the opportunity to contribute their individual art, communicating how they feel about the El Puente community. An 8×10 canvas from multiple families will soon be incorporated into Picardo’s work to complete the project.

Proud of his rich Carribbean heritage, Picardo intentionally incorporates culture and bright colors into his work; conveying energy and joy. He also lovingly calls Grand Rapids ‘home’ and is about to celebrate 20 years living in the United States. You might recognize his work from other murals around Grand Rapids. For more information about Erick Picardo, check out this magazine story and television news story.

Watch Erick Picardo create the El Puente mural masterpiece right before your eyes!

The finished product is stunning! Thank you to Erick Picardo for sharing his talent and to the El Puente Parents Club for sponsoring this beautiful gift to the school.


JPS Board of Education Welcomes Chris Reed

The strength of the Jenison Board of Education leadership comes from a determination to see JPS excel in everything that we do. Our Board representatives continue to set the bar high for all of us who serve the children and parents of our school district. I am proud to collaborate with each one of them as they bring their diverse thoughts and experiences to the table. They employ their skills with vigor as we continue to launch our district towards success. Today, I’m proud to introduce you to the newest member of the Jenison Public Schools Board of Education, Chris Reed.

Chris Reed, Ph.D.

Jenison Board of Education, Trustee


As residents of Grandville, Chris and his wife concluded that there was something exceptional about the community within Jenison Public Schools. Through school of choice, they enrolled their children in the Spanish Immersion program at El Puente. Eight years ago, the Reeds found themselves solidly involved with their district of choice and Chris and his wife felt it was time to move their three kids and two dogs across town.

Chris is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Grand Valley State University, where he specializes in human anatomy; with a research focus on craniofacial growth and development.

Chris Reed’s name was added to the general election ballot this past November and we’re excited to have him join for his first year as a board member. In addition to the typical, yet complex work of a Board member, he and the group are also leading the charge in the search for a new superintendent following my retirement this summer. I appreciate his commitment to the Jenison district and his determination to help our district stand out. Welcome Chris!

IN HIS OWN WORDS:

My family is so appreciative of the Spanish Immersion program and we have since grown to love so much more about the Jenison Public School district. I wanted to join the school board because our family is invested in this community, and I sincerely want to support JPS in their continued pursuit of excellence in education. The Jenison Center for the Arts, intentional STEM curriculum at the elementary level, Spanish Immersion program, dedication to the arts and athletics, as well as the outstanding faculty and staff, are all reasons I love our district. Being as directly involved as possible in supporting those efforts, and to continue working towards progress for the future, is a privilege and I’m happy to be an advocate for families in our community.


Last summer, I proudly introduced the other Jenison Board of Education members. I have been very blessed to have the opportunity to work with such gifted, dedicated, and compassionate men and women who serve on the Board of Jenison Public Schools. Please visit these previous posts to get to know them and thank these passionate, hardworking people if you see them around town.

Post #1 – Board Members 1

Post #2 – Board Members 2

Post #3 – Board Members 3

Tune in for Live Performances

Don’t miss the Wildcats in action! Although tickets and venue capacity are limited, I’m so thankful to see our winter activities in full swing. We have been so blessed with state of the art facilities and it is energizing to see the flurry of activity around the campus.

If you can’t attend in person, I would like to invite you to check out the action through the live web feeds. The Jenison Athletic and Music Departments are utilizing Facebook pages and events to bring you a front row seat, without the trouble of finding a parking spot. It’s such an exciting way to honor our students and all their hard work.


The Jenison Bowling, Basketball, Wrestling, Competitive Cheer, Hockey, Boys Swim/Dive and Dance teams are currently enjoying their first season back in the OK Red.

To watch the winter athletes during their home contests, check out the link to get access for the Facebook pages.

For a full look at winter athletic schedules, please visit the Jenison Athletics website.

You can also follow @JenisonWildcats on Twitter for all the game day info and reminders.


The staff at the Jenison Center for the Arts and the Jenison High School music programs also worked very hard to present safe and socially distanced concerts this week. The students work so hard and they deserve this time to show off! Check out the links below for upcoming broadcast of concerts this week.

To watch the junior high band performances TONIGHT (Thursday, February 25) at 6:30p, for 7th graders and 7:45pm for 8th graders, check out the live Facebook event.


To watch all the the high school orchestras perform TOMORROW NIGHT (Friday, February 26) starting at 5:30pm, check out the live Facebook feed.

Pinewood Pride in the News

Many things have made this year especially challenging. In response to public health concerns, the Jenison Public School educators and our students and families, have been rockstars in navigating the twists and turns of this academic year. The constant has been the widespread positive attitudes and commitment to flexibility. Now here we are, we made it to 100 days of school!

Local Reporter, Maranda from WOTV4 recently made the most of technology for a socially distanced interview with Pinewood Elementary School Principal Dr. Rachael Postle-Brown and 5th grade teacher Michelle U’ren.

Fifth graders from Pinewood Elementary, Eliza and Collin joined the conversation as well to discuss their experiences with the different learning modes and their appreciation for being back to in-person learning and with their friends.

It’s always great to see our staff and students representing the Jenison community. I’m so proud of how the district has been navigating this really tricky year, thank you Dr. Brown and Mrs. U’ren for leading your students well!

Click on the link below to see the interview:

Jenison students discuss the past year of virtual learning and modified class schedules.

Pink Out 2021 – Our Brave Honorees

Wow! What an amazing week it has been for the Pink Out community! Seeing so many people show their support around town and in school has been very exciting. Each and every person who bought a shirt, made a donation, said a prayer – is demonstrating how much this community cares for our fighters and their family members. No effort is too small in achieving the mission that NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE!


The week is almost over, but for some, the fight is just beginning! You can support your neighbors through these donation methods.


Introducing the Honorees of Pink Out 2021

The Pink Out honoree video stories give you the opportunity to hear from them in their own words. Please watch and be encouraged! Also, you can check out the Jenison Pink Out Facebook Page to join the conversation and stay informed on Pink Out activities throughout the coming year.

Jamey Mc Leod

On February 20, 2019, Jamey was diagnosed with a high grade, stage 4 esophageal cancer that had metastasized to lymph notes in his chest. His caregivers would be his wife Beth, his 10-year-old daughter Vivian and his 8-year old daughter Francine, both of whom attend Pinewood Elementary. Jamey never thought about accepting his grim diagnosis as an option. He had a family that depended on him! No matter how bad the treatments or recovery would be, he stayed focused on the reason for his fight, telling himself that it will get better. Just don’t give up. Make future plans. Do crazy stuff. Have fun. Don’t be afraid to accept help (which was his biggest obstacle). Your friends, family, community, and Pink Out are there for you.


Jody Heyboer

Jody has a remarkable and brave journey and is a big part of our Pink Out family. She is joined in her cancer journey by her husband, Brandon, and her three children: Alexis who graduated from Jenison in 2019, Dylan who is a JHS senior, and Eliza who is in fifth grade at Pinewood. Jody was diagnosed with rectal cancer in March 2017 (stage III), which progressed to stage IV Dec. 2019, and then diagnosed with Stage II non-small cell lung cancer Jan 2020, and basal cell carcinoma each year, for the last four years.

Jody has a beautiful perspective that comes with staring death in the face, “I GET TO.” I GET TO be here and enjoy the everyday tasks as well as fall in love with living. I GET TO savor each day I am here and enjoy my life journey. For Jody, life is a rollercoaster with the ups and downs, but in the end she is always smiling, sharing that “one is given the choice to succumb to this horrific disease or rise up and live. I choose to live, I’m not dying today.”


Jill and Emily Barnes

Emily graduated with honors from Jenison in 2018. On her 21st birthday, November 11, 2020, she was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic kidney cancer. She is currently undergoing immunotherapy treatments and could use our prayers, especially this week as she once again has scans to determine the effectiveness of her treatment. Jill Barnes, Emily’s mom, knows all too well the effect of cancer on your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Jill was diagnosed with breast cancer on January 6, 2016 and had surgery one month later. Both she and Emily felt honored to discuss their cancer journey and have a chance to share their appreciation for Pink Out’s support and generosity. Jill states that, “Pink Out helps anyone with cancer, no matter what kind or how old you are. As the recipients of Pink Out support at several different times over the past four years, we have truly felt that No One Fights Alone in Jenison.” They know that Pink Out is always there to lift fighters up, spiritually and emotionally.


Dave Huyser

Dave Huyser and Brenda Jo Wierenga-Huyser are both 1984 graduates of Jenison High School. Their son, Zach Huyser graduated from Jenison in 2011 and daughters Kendra Huyser graduated in 2009, Heather Wierenga in 2011, and Holly Wierenga in 2013.

Dave Huyser’s first wife, Brenda Sue, was the first cancer fighter to be honored and supported by Jenison Pink Out. Although, Brenda Sue lost her battle with breast cancer, her legacy lives on through Pink Out. Dave allowed his heart to beat again, and in June of 2017 married Brenda Jo.

Unfortunately, cancer reared its ugly head again. In 2017 Dave was diagnosed with Follicular Lymphoma of the scalp which was treated with radiation treatments, and then this past September he was diagnosed with recurrent Stage 4 large b-cell abdominal lymphoma. He has undergone six cycles of continuous chemo for a week, every three weeks, with spinal chemo prior to each cycle. Dave and Brenda are deeply appreciative of the support that the Huysers felt from this community and Pink Out during Brenda Sue’s breast cancer journey. They have felt that same support now. They want everyone to know that God is in control. Life is short, so enjoy every minute, because it’s in His hands.


Kevin Clark

Kevin and Jeanette Clark raised three children, Justin who graduated from Jenison in 2003, Nick in 2006 and Monica in 2007. Jeanette has been a full-time employee and coach at JPS for 24 years. Their daughter-in-law, Julie, also teaches for Jenison Public Schools. Their children have blessed them with six young grandchildren.

Kevin was first diagnosed in 2015 with progressive prostate cancer. Kevin’s journey has been a very long and difficult one, but he has become very knowledgeable and strong along the way. Kevin is an exceptional listener who has become very dedicated to helping and supporting other men who have been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. Kevin has shared time and again how deeply moved he and Jeanette have felt by the emotional support from our community through Pink Out. Kevin states that, “With calls, concerns, and gifts, it has helped people in our situation to feel like we’re not going through this alone. We are deeply grateful, and may God bless you.”


Jeanine Decker Jannereth

Jeanine began her battle with breast cancer about a year ago. Those by her side have been her husband, Chad, her daughter Cayleigh, who graduated from Jenison in 2017, and Stephen who is graduating this year. Her daughter Jaelynn is in eighth at JJHS and Kymber is in fifth grade at Vanguard Academy. Jeanine is passionate about bringing awareness to the growing prevalence of breast cancer, encouraging women to be proactive advocates for themselves. She has felt very blessed to be part of our community, which according to Jeanine has been there “every step of the way, motivating, uplifting, and inspiring (her) along the way!” She wishes to recognize Pink Out as a huge blessing not only for fighters, but for families and for the entire Jenison community.


THANK YOU Jenison Pink Out Representatives!!

These resident Angels work YEAR ROUND to be the hands and feet of our community. Words cannot express the level of gratitude I have for the leadership of our Pink Out committee: Katy Hevelhurst, Donna Bergeon, Cindi Covell, Jean Krzewski, and Moni Marlink . These caring, compassionate women lead the way to care for our neighbors whenever it is needed; they are making a huge impact! THANK YOU for everything you do!


JHS Virtual Assembly

The Jenison High School Student Council wanted to continue to raise awareness and donations for Pink Out. They worked hard to plan an alternative to the annual Pink Out Assembly… Introducing the premiere of the “Early Afternoon Show with StuCo”.

Student Council representatives hosted a news reporting style production to share socially distanced activities that were happening around the school. Students remained in their classrooms and watched via live feed. The Chamber Singers kicked off the event by performing the National Anthem in the choir room. The rest of the ‘virtual assembly’ allowed them to participate in the usual fun events including a pie-in-the-face trivia challenge, mock rock (a choreographed routine competition between the grades), the naming of ‘King and Queen’ for their first ever WildCat court, a “Miracle Minute” competition fundraiser between classrooms and a surprise visit from a special Wildcat guest! Way to go StuCo! They packed a lot of fun into that hour assembly and raised about $1,500 of student donations!

EVEN APART,

TOGETHER, WE ARE JENISON!

THANK YOU!

Jenison Pink Out 2021

On a snowy Friday evening in February 2009, our entire community came together to support one woman battling breast cancer. We linked arms with one family and never could have imagined where this journey would take us. None of us ever dreamed the spark that was lit that year would still be growing stronger 12 years later. It has since been an honor to broaden the support and walk alongside those in our community fighting any form of cancer.

Throughout the years, the people and businesses of Jenison have surrounded these families in a very special way and have made Pink Out an annual highlight since the beginning. The event coincided with Friday night Varsity basketball games and were often competing with a Michigan winter storm. But the snow never kept us away. We sold out of t-shirts, we ran out of parking spots and we all experienced just how hot a standing-room-only gymnasium could be. And it became the norm, year after year. It was the best, and the atmosphere was never anything short of wholehearted support for those we came to honor. Pink Out has a rich and historic tradition in the Jenison community and I swell with pride each time we gather together to celebrate life.

Yes, this year will look different, but I can emphatically say, even now during a pandemic, the spirit of Jenison Pink Out can not and will not be stopped. We are still going to encourage those fighting the battle right now, continue fighting for a cure and honor the taken!

The 2021 Pink Out flags are proudly flying courtesy of the Varsity Women’s Basketball Team. As you drive down Baldwin these wintry days, may they be a beacon of pride in our community. Please notice them in support for our fighters and survivors and in remembrance of the taken. The Pink Out team has recently been busy with tee shirt sales and distribution.

The Pink Out volunteers work tirelessly year round to coordinate support and be the hands and feet of the community for families in the fight. They host a public Facebook page with all the information you’ll want for this year’s virtual events. Seven honorees have been chosen for 2021 and their stories will be shared in the coming week via the Jenison Pink Out Facebook Page. You will get to hear their journey and witness their courage and bravery while in their fight against cancer. We can’t wait to celebrate them! The facebook page will also be sharing how students will be participating in different activities in their classrooms/buildings. Join and follow the page to be part of a very encouraging movement this coming week!

The team is also excited to announce that there is a new Pink Out website that now receives online donations: Check it out at www.jenisonpinkout.org

We may be socially distant, but we can stand together in support of our neighbors.


2021 Honorees

  • Emily Barnes
  • Jill Johnson Barnes
  • Kevin Clark
  • Jody Heyboer
  • Dave Huyser
  • Jeanine Decker Jannereth
  • Jamey McLeod
We are so thankful for the sponsors that have come alongside us this year. Pink Out could not exist without the support of the community business in this way. While you’re out and about, please take a moment to thank them for their support! Below, you’ll also see web links for each sponsor.

Sponsor links:

If you need some warm encouragement during a cold winter week, join me for a walk down memory lane with past Pink Out Celebrations!

#WeAreJenison

http://www.JenisonPinkOut.org

Kindergarten Screening for 2021-2022

Now is the time to get your young student started on the path to success in our highly esteemed school district! Jenison Public Schools Kindergarten screening will take place next week, February 1-5, 2021.

If your child will be 5 years old by December 1, 2021 and you are considering Jenison Public Schools, please complete the online pre-registration form and schedule a screening appointment as soon as possible. All children entering Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten must complete this process.

Jenison Public Schools offers full day Transitional Kindergarten and full day Kindergarten, as well as Spanish Immersion Kindergarten programs for children who will be five years old on or before December 1, 2021.

We believe that all students can learn, through a variety of instructional strategies and supports that meet the needs of each and every student. A creative, nurturing staff delivers a developmentally appropriate, yet challenging, curriculum that makes the Kindergarten experience a powerful foundation for your child’s education.

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(Student photos taken prior to in-person learning under COVID-19 protocols)

Each child is unique and their date of birth doesn’t tell the whole story. The purpose of a kindergarten screening is to ensure a child is developmentally ready to start kindergarten and to determine whether any additional classroom supports may be needed. In general, each potential student will be evaluated on a range of tasks including self-care skills, language development, cognitive skills, gross motor skills, and fine motor skills.

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The ability to personalize curriculum to be able to meet the needs of students, while addressing the required state standards is a guiding principle for all our staff. 

All Kindergarten programs are available to children who reside in Jenison as well as the surrounding area. Through the Schools of Choice program, Jenison Public Schools accepts students residing in Ottawa, Kent, Allegan, and Muskegon counties without the necessity of a release from the district of residence.

Processes will be in place to ensure individual attention as well as safety per COVID-19 protocols.  Staff members will greet parents and child at the door for their appointment time. When parents sign in, the child will enter the testing area with a screening host. Parents will receive a QR code for the parent presentation that can be viewed in their car as they wait. The screening host will bring their child back to them, share the summary page of the screening, and answer questions. The screening area will be cleaned and sanitized in between each student.  

We’re looking forward to meeting the next generation of Wildcats!

If your child will be 5 years old by December 1, 2021 and you are considering Jenison Public Schools, please complete the online pre-registration form and schedule a screening appointment as soon as possible. All children entering Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten must complete this process.

For further questions, please contact Lorri Gierman.

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Make plans today to start your student in our award winning district!

Online Learning with Community

Through Jenison International Academy, the Jenison Public School district has had the privilege to offer unique education choices. For the last decade, this fully accredited option has allowed us to partner with families of elementary, middle and high school students throughout West Michigan and even around the world. While it is indeed an online program, there’s much offered locally to create, and enhance a blended experience through community. Families find Jenison International Academy to offer mainly online options, with a community experience that doesn’t leave one feeling isolated or remote.

(*Some photos taken prior to Covid-19 protocols)

Many opportunities for students and families are available to touch base in a face-to-face capacity. Some of these include field trips, student led activities to promote social engagement and in-person learning centers/lab time for homework help.

One innovative program for high school students is called, ‘Transportation & Safety Applications’ and is taught in partnership with Century Driving School. This helps students learn about the safe use of the technology that is now prevalent in all aspects of our life. This includes learning about the responsible use of cell phones and other internet devices, from online safety to understanding digital footprint. One of the tasks is for students to go a full day without their cell phone – a daunting endeavor for a modern teenager! Students also learn about the steps needed to earn a driver’s license in the state of Michigan and about other concepts related to safe driving, especially the importance of avoiding distracted driving. At the end of the semester, they will have completed the requirements of the first segment of driver training education and driving practice, and will be allowed to apply for their learners permit.

Some subjects really come to life in an in-person setting, and Engineering and Science are definitely two of those subjects. Through a series of face-to-face labs, students work with our awesome Engineering and Science teachers on hands-on projects, including items such as creating their own longboard, flying drones, building robot “delivery trucks”, and many other cool activities that bring the learning to life! Complementing these labs are other exciting opportunities that JIA students can participate in, including the Drone Flying Team (competing against other schools) and Science Olympiad. 

Students learning to use Python code language to code a smart robotic arm.
Computer Integrated Manufacturing applying processes to building longboards.

If you would like to investigate additional educational choices, such as completely online or blended learning, please join us for our upcoming informational meeting.

A virtual Informational Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26 from 6-7pm. Complete the form to register for the meeting. This is intended for families who are interested in enrollment for all K-12 programming for the 2021-2022 school year.

Capstone class: Engineering Design and Development. Seniors returned to a project from Engineering Explorations (a middle school elective) to enhance simple battery buggies with Arduino control structures and hardware.

Our mission is to provide an engaging,

personalized learning experience,

bringing the home, school and world together.

Jenison INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

Training for the Future, Now

We are so fortunate to live in a community with quality, diverse resources to help our students prepare for the future. The Careerline Tech Center is a service of Ottawa Area Intermediate School District and is one of those rich opportunities offered to our students.

The Tech Center mirrors the commitment of Jenison High School, promoting personal success and lifelong learning while preparing students for tomorrow’s workforce. Providing career and technical education in 28 different programs opens doors for employment and post-secondary opportunities.

Recognizing that all students learn differently and have goals that are as unique as they are, we are proud to partner with the Tech Center; this year over 100 Jenison High School students are participating. Jenison High School Juniors and Seniors take advantage of work-based learning opportunities and earn college credit in program pathways such as Arts & Communication, Business, Management, Marketing & Technology, Construction, Engineering/Manufacturing, Health Sciences, Human Services and Transportation.

Meet three seniors who have discovered – and furthered a passion that has them excited about the future. I couldn’t be more proud to have these Wildcats representing Jenison as they expand their education beyond our halls.


Jaden Beaver

At first, Jaden wasn’t sure which program to choose for his first year at the Tech Center; however, he was sure that he wanted to minimize his time in a traditional classroom. Welding turned out to be a perfect fit. Along with learning the basic methods of welding, the class studies design, layout, cutting and fabricating of metals. He is pleasantly surprised with how much he is retaining as they study properties of metals and alloys. Jaden really appreciates the hands-on learning environment, and immediate feedback from his instructors as he works to hone his skills.

During the recent pause for in-person education, the Tech Center welding instructors took the opportunity to lead the class through online instruction to obtain OSHA certifications for the students. Following graduation, he is anticipating further education in the field of Welding. Jaden is feeling very positive about the future knowing that career prospects are plentiful.


Cierra Bolkema

The salon services industry is something that piqued Cierra’s interest long ago. When school dances and other events come around, she can be found helping multiple friends achieve their special look. She spent her early high school years anxiously awaiting this senior-only class. The cosmetology program is offered through Tulip City Beauty College in Holland and prepares the students to work toward their Cosmetology license. Cierra loves meeting new people through the program and is so excited to be getting practical application.

At the conclusion of the school year, she will have learned all the services that will be offered in a salon: hair shaping and styling, manicures, facials, waxing, and chemical services. She will also have gained 300 hours of instruction and knowledge to put toward the requirement for the State of Michigan license exam. Thanks to this program and the experience she received, Cierra has a very positive outlook for continuing her Cosmetology education after high school graduation.


Brandon Vlasblom

Participating in the Diesel/Heavy Equipment Mechanics program last year, Brandon is now studying Automotive Technology. This program focuses on Steering and Suspension, Electrical Systems, Engine Performance and Heating/AC. Students put their classroom knowledge to work by servicing customer cars, which are brought into the auto mechanics lab. He enjoys this hands-on type of work and likes getting the feel for the variety of problems and types of cars.

The program is accredited and instructors are certified. Through the duration of the program, Brandon will be given the opportunity to take a number of tests to gain State of Michigan certifications. He is grateful that he has found something he loves. Following completion of the Tech Center Automotive Tech program, Brandon likes the idea of pursuing the field further with more formal education following graduation.