Jen Schottke is passionate about inspiring young people to choose careers in construction. An advocate for the professional trades, Schottke dedicates her time as the VP of workforce development at the Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter to develop craft and leadership training programs. She is a trustee on the Grand Rapids Public Schools, or GRPS, Board of Education and an advisory council member for the GRPS Academy for Design and Construction. Contact Jen at 616.942.9960 or jschottke at abcwmc dot org.
April 30, 2018
| By Jen Schottke
It’s a Friday afternoon, and I’m sitting in the sun-soaked office of Julie Parks, executive director of workforce training at Grand Rapids Community College M-TEC. Alongside me is Amy Pierce, career exploration coordinator for Kent ISD, and we’re talking about launching a construction training program at GRCC M-TEC for high school seniors from two local school districts. Think dual enrollment meets work-based learning. Read More