Grand Rapids, MI (WOODTV) - Students in Grand Rapids have a great opportunity to build a lasting relationship as well as valuable work experience in a unique collaboration.
Last May, the Academy for Design & Construction at Grand Rapids Public Schools won WOOD TV8's Connecting with Community Award.
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 take 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.
Incoming freshman in the program are paired with a mentor from the design or construction industry. These relationships are beneficially to both the students and the mentors. Many mentors actually end up hiring their students, too.
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