Aviation Technology

1 or 2 Year Program

Aviation Technology is held at the Ionia County Airport on the on the campus of School of Missionary Aviation Technology (SMAT). Some topics first year students complete are: Aviation Safety, Metallic/ Non-Metallic Structures, Maintenance Forms, Alert Caution/Warning systems, Aircraft Ground Operations, Aircraft Materials and Hardware, Flight Controls, Fundamentals of Electricity, and many more. Second year students advance their knowledge in these subject areas using skills from their first year to work on and apply by completing bigger projects such as assembly and modification of a helicopter, building a scale model of a F16 and weather balloon project.

 

Instructor Information

Matt Kuhns Instructor Photo

  Mr. Kuhns

  Phone: 616-527-8071 (Voice Prompt: Matt Kuhns)

  Email: mkuhns@ioniaisd.org

Additional Resources

Program Flyer

Students must complete a full year (2 semesters) in the program earning a B (3.0) or higher grade each semester to be eligible.

  • Davenport University
  • School of Missionary Aviation Technology (SMAT)

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  • Aviation Inspectors
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Military Aviator
  • Avionics Technician
  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Aircraft Manufacturer
  • Wind Turbine Technician
  • Aircraft Dispatch
  • Airline/ Corporate Pilot

Computer Programming

1 or 2 Year Program

Computer Programming focuses on mastering Microsoft Excel and Access, HTML website building, Java, Java Script, CSS and Python programming, develop leadership, teamwork skills, communication skills, etc. Students will work towards Microsoft Office certifications. Students will design a software application, produce (code) a computer application, develop and maintain a database to store information.  In addition, students will be working with coding to use Arduino Microprocessors, and designing and creating in the world of 3D printing. Second year students will have the opportunity to design a research proposal in an area of computer science and pursue these ideas.

 

Instructor Information

Shawn Sweeney

  Mr. Sweeney

  Phone: 616-527-8071 (Voice Prompt: Shawn Sweeney)

  Email: ssweeney@ioniaisd.org

Additional Resources

Program Flyer

Students must complete a full year (2 semesters) in the program earning a B (3.0) or higher grade each semester to be eligible.

  • Baker College
  • Davenport University
  • Ferris State University
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Lansing Community College
  • Montcalm Community College

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  • Computer Systems Administrator
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Web Developer
  • IT Manager
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Support Specialist (Help Desk) 

Construction Technology

1 or 2 Year Program

Students in construction will literally learn how to build our future!  They’ll perform math operations such as estimating and distributing materials and supplies to complete jobsite/workplace tasks. All while applying principles of physics as they relate to worksite/jobsite situations to work with materials and load applications. Students will also learn basic safety, problem solving, teamwork skills, building materials, components, methods, and sequences in residential construction.  Second year students come back to learn a higher level of skills in construction related to trades along with an overview of career opportunities available. The program partners with the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters Union, which allows students who successfully complete the program with a seamless transition into a construction career while being paid to further their education.

Instructor Information

Al Rios

  Mr. Rios

  Phone: 616-527-8071 (Voice Prompt: Al Rios)

  Email: arios@ioniaisd.org

Additional Resources

Program Flyer

Students must complete a full year (2 semesters) in the program earning a B (3.0) or higher grade each semester to be eligible.

  • Baker College
  • Davenport University
  • Lansing Community College

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  • Construction Manager
  • Crane Operator
  • HVAC
  • Bricklayer/Stonemason
  • Electrician
  • Carpenter
  • Building Inspector
  • Civil Engineer

Criminal Justice

1 Year Program

Criminal Justice provides a broad overview of criminal law and procedures necessary for continued education in the fields of law enforcement, probation, corrections, investigation, private security and other criminal justice related careers.  Students will experience areas of instruction to include law, ethics, investigations, physical conditioning, first aid, defensive tactics, and patrol and police skills. Some activities students experience while attending Criminal Justice include: Red Man defensive tactics, Dive Team, Traffic Stops, Taser Demonstration, Jail Tour, Simunition Training, Court and Central Dispatch Training Simulator.

Instructor Information

John Nelson

  Mr. Nelson

  Phone: 616-527-8071 (Voice Prompt: John Nelson)

  Email: jnelson@ioniaisd.org

Additional Resources

Program Flyer

Students must complete a full year (2 semesters) in the program earning a B (3.0) or higher grade each semester to be eligible.

  • Baker College
  • Davenport University
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Lansing Community College
  • Montcalm Community College

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  • Police Officer
  • EMT
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Firefighter
  • Sheriff’s Officer/Deputy
  • Security
  • Corrections Officer

Culinary Arts

1 Year Program

Culinary Arts is designed to acclimate students to the fast-paced restaurant industry by following the National Restaurant Association Pro-Start curriculum. Students in Culinary Arts will perform a variety of tasks to maintain operations and promote guest services. In addition, students learn about: food and beverage production, nutritional values of foods, proper cooking methods, and sanitation. Running the Class Act Restaurant offers students the opportunity to research costs, utilize a modern Point of Sale (POS) system, following and understanding the importance of health, safety, and the importance of organizational performance and regulatory compliance. Students in Culinary Arts have the opportunity to take and obtain the National Serv-Safe Certification.

Instructor Information

Elena Brooks

  Mrs. Brooks

  Phone: 616-527-8071 (Voice Prompt: Elena Brooks)

  Email: ebrooks@ioniaisd.org

Additional Resources

Program Flyer

Students must complete a full year (2 semesters) in the program earning a B (3.0) or higher grade each semester to be eligible.

  • Baker College
  • Davenport University
  • Ferris State University
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Lansing Community College
  • Montcalm Community College
  • Sullivan University

Diesel Technology

1 Year Program

Diesel Technology is designed for students to work with agricultural, material handling, or highway equipment. Students work in the classroom learning about the various diesel engines and components. The lab provides students with the opportunity to get hands-on experience with diesel engines and other large scale equipment. Students will perform the following duties as a journeyperson mechanic: servicing, maintaining, repairing, inspecting, cleaning, dismantling engines and electrical systems, inspection, repair and maintenance of hydraulics systems, diagnosing of internal combustion engines, electrical components, transmissions, and heavy-duty brakes and suspension.  Proper setup and operation of vehicles, equipment, and machines are a part of the job. Mechanics must often work independently, solve problems, and perform work that is physically demanding.

Instructor Information

Tom Greenfield

  Mr. Greenfield

  Phone: 616-527-8071 (Voice Prompt: Tom Greenfield)

  Email: tgreenfield@ioniaisd.org

Additional Resources

Program Flyer

Students must complete a full year (2 semesters) in the program earning a B (3.0) or higher grade each semester to be eligible.

  • Baker College
  • Ferris State University

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  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic
  • Auto/Trucks Part Specialist
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Utility Person
  • Truck Driver
  • Service Manager
  • Diesel Mechanic

Healthcare Foundations

1 Year Program

The Healthcare Foundations course focuses on introducing students to career opportunities available in the healthcare field including medical, dental and vision. Students learn skills that they will be able to use in a variety of healthcare settings. Topics include: safety, communication, information technology, teamwork, legal/ethics, anatomy and physiology, health maintenance, employability, body systems including conditions/diseases, technical skills and medical terminology. The course includes specific hands-on exploration in the areas of dental & health careers including running the Heartlands’ Dental Clinic (alongside community dentists), Sparrow Ionia Hospital clinic rotations & Life EMS paramedic rotations. Students have the opportunity to earn their First Aid, CPR & AED certifications second semester.

Instructor Information

Beth Chislea

  Mrs. Chislea

  Phone: 616-527-8071 (Voice Prompt: Beth Chislea)

  Email: echislea@ioniaisd.org

Additional Resources

Program Flyer

Students must complete a full year (2 semesters) in the program earning a B (3.0) or higher grade each semester to be eligible.

  • Baker College
  • Davenport University
  • Ferris State University
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Lansing Community College
  • Montcalm Community College

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  • Dental Hygienist
  • Orthodontist Dental Assistant
  • Dental Billing
  • Insurance Clerk
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Office/Receptionist 

Health Occupations

1 Year Program

Health Occupations is designed for students to learn about various careers in the Healthcare field. Major components include: anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical math, CPR, First Aid, AED and professional clinical experience. The primary clinical experience opportunities are with Sparrow Ionia Hospital, Heartland Health Care Center & Life EMS. The curriculum is designed to meet the demands of the students and the changes in health care. Significant segments of class time are devoted to learning skills to be used in a nursing career; included are all aspects of personal care, taking vital signs, and learning transfer techniques. Students will learn the importance of proper communication, teamwork, safety, and exploration in information technology. At the completion of this course students will have the opportunity to sit for their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam.

Instructor Information

Heather Schafer

  Mrs. Schafer

  Phone: 616-527-8071 (Voice Prompt: Heather Schafer)

  Email: hschafer@ioniaisd.org

Additional Resources

Program Flyer

Students must complete a full year (2 semesters) in the program earning a B (3.0) or higher grade each semester to be eligible.

  • Baker College
  • Davenport University
  • Ferris State University
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Lansing Community College
  • Montcalm Community College

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  • Registered Nurse
  • Home Health Assistant
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Office/Receptionist 

Machine Tool

1 or 2 Year Program

Machine Tool creates an environment with state-of-the-art industry equipment.  Students learn functions and capabilities of engine lathes, drill presses, milling machines, grinders, cut-off saws, and radial drills. Computer controlled milling and manufacturing processes are taught using the latest technology in the machine industry.  Second year students prove mastery of the machines and techniques used to make an advanced project. Students may also earn Algebra II credit in this class through successful completion of all Machine Tool curriculum in addition to state mandated math curriculum.

Instructor Information

Luke Smalley

  Mr. Smalley

  Phone: 616-527-8071 (Voice Prompt: Luke Smalley)

  Email: lsmalley@ioniaisd.org

Additional Resources

Program Flyer

Students must complete a full year (2 semesters) in the program earning a B (3.0) or higher grade each semester to be eligible.

  • Davenport University
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Lansing Community College
  • Montcalm Community College

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  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Tool & Dye Maker
  • CNC Operator
  • CNC Programmer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Tooling Designer
  • Shop Supervisor
  • Machine Repair 

Plant / Animal Science

1 or 2 Year Program

The Plant/Animal Science program will prepare students for careers or further study in the areas of horticulture and animal science. Areas of study include: sustainable agriculture, horticulture, and greenhouse systems, as well as, animal anatomy/physiology, nutrition, reproduction, and health.  Students will raise poinsettias, Easter lilies, annual bedding plants, chickens, pheasants, cattle, pigs, salmon and tilapia. Upon completion of the program, students will have gained a basic awareness of agriculture and animal science and will have learned how the diversity of product in agriculture leads to future opportunities in the field. All students participate in the Ionia County FFA Chapter.

Instructor Information

Jason Griffith

  Mr. Griffith

  Phone: 616-527-8071 (Voice Prompt: Jason Griffith)

  Email: jgriffith@ioniaisd.org

Additional Resources

Program Flyer

Students must complete a full year (2 semesters) in the program earning a B (3.0) or higher grade each semester to be eligible.

  • Davenport University
  • Montcalm Community College
  • Michigan State University

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  • Landscape Assistant
  • Greenhouse Laborer
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Farm Hand
  • Sales Representative
  • Gardener
  • Animal Caretaker
  • Agriculture Instructor