GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The Academy for Design & Construction at Grand Rapids Public Schools is this year's winner of the Connecting with Community Award.
The Fifth Annual Connecting with Community Awards ceremony was held Thursday evening in the Loosemore Auditorium at Grand Valley State University.
The Academy for Design & Construction partners with more than 60 experts and mentors at more than 50 local businesses to teach high school students about design and construction.
The students takes specific design courses and complete an internship at a design firm. Those who chose the construction pathway build a Habitat for Humanity house in both their junior and senior years.
Each incoming freshman in the program is paired with a mentor from the industry. Some mentors eventually hire students.
The winner of the award, which was chosen by the Connecting with Community partners, receives free production of a local public service announcement and air time on WOOD TV8.
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Joshua Hoppe, 30, from Zeeland was a teacher with Hamilton Community Schools.