The Chamber of Commerce believes it is important to connect the two worlds of Business and Education in order for our future workforce and economy to continue to grow. The Chamber works towards this mission through their efforts of Northwest Ottawa County Business Education Partnerships. This effort contains many programs linking the workplace and the classroom. Below are descriptions and updates about several of the programs.
Boomerang, a career exploration event, is held annually at Grand Haven High School, to attract local talent back to the area after pursuing further education. The goal is achieved by showcasing local companies and their various career paths available to the junior students from Grand Haven, Allendale, Central and Spring Lake High Schools.
A summer educational opportunity where students develop solutions to real problems submitted by local businesses and community organizations while earning college credit. The program is part of a larger futurePREP initiative led by OAISD.
Ladders 2 Success
Ladder 2 Success - An opportunity for your child to learn explore different career paths. The students will be visiting area businesses and learning about the different careers that are available and what skill set are needed to obtain those careers. The program is part of a larger futurePREP initiative led by OAISD.
Unite4Insight, a program co-sponsored by Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) and The Chamber, partners educators and local businesses to bring real-life business experiences into the classroom. The program is part of a larger futurePREP initiative led by OAISD.
Walk Grand Haven
Walk Grand Haven is a day for 7th grade students to see and experience the rich history and culture of Grand Haven on-foot and in-person. Coordinated in partnership between The Chamber, Lakeshore Middle School and area organizations.
Summer Intern Connections
Summer Intern Connections is a program that connects summer interns in our area to the community, and helps them gain a better understanding of what a great place this is to settle in after school. The summer consists of various events in which the interns learn about Northwest Ottawa County, connect with other interns and meet area employers.
Manufacturing Day, a Discover Manufacturing event, happens the first week in October. It’ s a national event meant to address common misconceptions about manufacturing. This is a week-long, coordinated effort with tours, open houses and other events to help educate, encourage and inspire the next generation of manufacturers.
Nancy Manglos, Talent Development Manager