Classes and Education

Three Educational Programs

Thrive Empowerment Program
In this six month program, women with children in northern Kent County are learning about topics including... 

  • How to create and stick to a budget. 
  • Setting personal goals to strive for during the program and beyond. 
  • Hearing how to work with agencies in the community to find a job, advance your education or start your own business.
NKC Utility Assistance Program
This is a six month program that provides financial literacy, helps address energy efficiency in the participants’ home, and helps individuals in poverty build their resources for a more prosperous life for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Farm to Pantry Program
In partnership with Access of West Michigan, the Farm to Pantry program connects Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares from Plainsong Farms to families within the service area. The families meet biweekly to receive the produce, cook and learn together, and share recipes.

West Michigan Works! Opens Satellite Site at North Kent Connect

North Kent Connect is now offering services to help people find jobs.  On Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., West Michigan Works! will help people with resume writing, cover letters, and more at the NKC location. Anyone can use West Michigan Works! Services. You do not have to be a client of NKC.
West Michigan Works!, a workforce development firm that aims to develop Michigan’s economic future, helps clients take the next step in a their new career, free of charge. “The best way out of poverty is through livable wage employment,” said Claire Guisfredi, Executive Director of North Kent Connect. “People need the right skills to be competitive in the workforce. To have this vital resource available to people at NKC will impact northern Kent County in a powerful way.”
Through North Kent’s partnership with West Michigan Works!, clients will have the opportunity to utilize the resources provided at NKC, such as access to their computer lab, printing, and fax services. “We are pleased to partner with North Kent Connect to better coordinate services for residents in northern Kent County,” says West Michigan Works! CEO Jacob Maas. “Employers are looking for talent; this new location will offer a variety of job search resources to make that connection.”
For more information about West Michigan Works! and to see upcoming hiring events and workshop schedules, please visit westmiworks.org.

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North Kent Connect

10075 Northland Drive NE
Rockford, MI 49341 Map
Phone: 616-866-3478

Community Connections Hours: 
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

North Kent Connect Store Public Hours:
Tuesday and Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

West Michigan Works! Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed 12:00-1:00 p.m. for lunch