GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – High school students gained real-world experience in local industries through Ottawa Area Intermediate School District’s futurePREP’d IChallengeU program. The two-week-long summer learning program paired students with mentor teachers and local businesses and organizations for a unique, hands-on learning experience. Using advanced research and problem-solving skills, students developed a resolution to the challenge presented by their partner business. The program concluded with students presenting their solution via Zoom to a panel of judges and the opportunity to win scholarship money. Sixty-five students from 13 school districts divided into 10 teams participated this year.

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