Classes and Education

UPCOMING CLASSES

North Kent Connect partners with local businesses and organizations to bring clients and community members a series of free, educational, and hands-on classes. The classes focus on a variety of different topics and are held at NKC. Updated NKC clients earn VIP credit for attending classes. All classes are free and open to the public.

October

  • Farm to Pantry – Tuesdays (4:30 pm – 6:00 pm)
  • Yoga – Wednesdays (5:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
  • NKC Garden Volunteers – Anytime
  • Parent Cafe – Wed. 10/16 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
  • MSU Stress Less With Mindfulness – Mon. 10/21 (2:30 – 4:00 pm)
  • Home Repair Services (flooring) – Thurs. 10/24 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
  • Preparing Your Garden For Winter – Thurs. 10/24 (2:30 – 3:30 pm)

November

  • Yoga – Wednesdays (5:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
  • MSU Stress Less With Mindfulness – Mon. 11/4 (2:30 – 4:00 pm)
  • MSU Cover Crop Field Trip (Kent City 3758 15 Mile Rd) – Wed. 11/6 (9:00 – 11:00 am)
  • Make A Spending Plan Work For You – Thu. 11/7 (1:00 – 2:00 pm)
  • MSU Stress Less With Mindfulness – Mon. 11/11 (2:30 – 4:00 pm)
  • MSU Stress Less With Mindfulness – Mon. 11/18 (2:30 – 4:00 pm)
  • MSU Dining With Diabetes – Tue. 11/19 (10:00 – 12:00 pm)
  • Parent Cafe – Wed. 11/20 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
  • MSU Stress Less With Mindfulness – Mon. 11/25 (2:30 – 4:00 pm)
  • MSU Dining With Diabetes – Tue. 11/26 (10:00 – 12:00 pm)

December

  • Yoga – Wednesdays (5:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
  • MSU Dining With Diabetes – Tue. 12/3 (2:30 – 4:00 pm)
  • Keeping The Holidays Healthy – Tue. 12/3 (1:00 – 2:00 pm)
  • MSU Dining With Diabetes – Tue. 12/10 (2:30 – 4:00 pm)
FARM TO PANTRY 2019 Class Descriptions
Our signature program begins this June 11th and runs until October 15th. Classes will be held each week on Tuesdays from 4:30pm-6:00pm. Each class will have an hour of education and 30 minutes at Plainsong Farm. Each participant will receive a ½ share in the farm’s CSA., taking home approximately $50 worth of locally grown produce each month!
STRESS LESS WITH MINDFULNESS
A Michigan State University Extension class Stress Less with Mindfulness is a five-part series led by Georgina Perry. Learn about the benefits of mindfulness and pinpoint behaviors which can make you vulnerable or resilient to stress. Experience mindful movements and breath techniques to help calm your body and mind.
YOGA
This gentle class is brought to you by the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. No prior experience necessary. Bring a bottle of water and a mat if you have one. Extra mats are available.
PARENT CAFÉ
Presented by Kent County Parent Coalition, the Parent Café will serve as a monthly support group where parents are free to chat it up with others who struggle with the balancing act we call life. Learn how to positively build your child’s self-esteem. And diiscuss the impact it has on their social-emotional development and mental health.
MSU COVER CROP FIELD TRIP – KENT CITY
The MSU Extension Cover Crops Team will be hosting a field day looking at a variety of cover crops and how they work in cropping systems. This is an opportunity to visit field sites, observe and discuss cover crop use, management, benefits, and challenges with MSU Extension educators. 3785 15 Mile Road, Kent City. Location in on 15 Mile Road, East of Fruit Ridge AVE.
MSU EXTENSION DINING WITH DIABETES
Dining with Diabetes is a fun and interactive course series targeting individuals with prediabetes, type 1 or type 2 diabetes, members of their support system and/or anyone interested in learning more. Participants learn to make healthy food choices and incorporate balanced menus into the family dining experience. Classes include research-based education, cooking demonstrations and healthy recipe tasting.
HOME REPAIR SERVICES
Home Repair Services’ classes with give you firsthand experience practicing the basics needed for you to begin making your own “DIY” fixes around the house.
MAKE A SPENDING PLAN WORK FOR YOU
 Trying to stretch your money? Learn how to create and manage a spending plan. This MSU Extension class will discuss the benefits of a spending plan, identify the difference between needs and wants, and highlight the importance of an emergency fund.
PREPARING YOUR GARDEN FOR WINTER WITH BEV
Join Bev Bouma our Pantry Manager for a class on the best way to prep your garden for winter. All experience levels welcome! Learn the best ways to protect and nourish your garden’s soil for next year’s growing season.
KEEPING THE HOLIDAYS HEALTHY
With the excitement of holiday festivities comes sugary treats and indulgent dishes that seem to pop up everywhere you go. This can spell trouble and temptation for those trying to lead a healthy lifestyle.  Join a registered dietitian for her favorite tips and tricks to transform a fat and sugar-laden holiday season into a delicious and nutritious one.

CLASSES AND CLIENT V.I.P.

When clients participate in classes, they can earn a gift card to the North Kent Connect Store, as a part of the V.I.P Plan. The V.I.P Plan encourages clients to volunteer in the community or invest in themselves by taking a class.

WEST MICHIGAN WORKS! SATELLITE SITE AT NORTH KENT CONNECT

North Kent Connect now offers services to help people find jobs. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., West Michigan Works! will help people with resume building, 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. (Please note that West Michigan Works! will be closed from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. for lunch)

West Michigan Works! is a workforce development firm that aims to develop Michigan’s economic future, and helps others take the next step in a new career, free of charge. Those who come in will have access to the computer lab, printing, and fax services.

For more information about West Michigan Works! and to see upcoming hiring events and workshop schedules, please visit westmiworks.org.