Labor and School
This week marks two events on our calendar in Michigan: Labor Day and the start of school. Labor Day celebrates the achievements of we Americans...
accomplished through our labor. Most of our accomplishments would not have been possible without the knowledge gained through our school education, so tying these two together seems only fitting. Being educated provides us the knowledge and ability to be able to do the kind of job we want.
(Many other character qualities are necessary to secure and keep the kind of job we want also.)
Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery. ~Horace Mann
To commemorate both I am highlighting one of my favorite school programs, which teaches students practical
skills needed for several kinds of jobs. Kent Transition Center has programs in Business Administration & Technology, Facilities Maintenance, Hospitality, Landscape/Horticulture, Retail, and Transportation. Their students learn the skills on campus and then go out and complete internships in actual businesses. By the time they complete their studies, they are ready to be hired into real jobs. KTC has businesses and
organizations all over greater Grand Rapids that take in interns every year, a testament to the great job that the staff is doing in preparing these young men and women for the work world.
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