3235 Dorais Drive NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Term Expires: December 31, 2024
Jen Schottke was raised in Houghton, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where her father is a professor at Michigan Tech University. After moving to Grand Rapids in 2001 she attended cosmetology school and earned her cosmetology license. Jen worked for 5 years in the beauty industry as a stylist and in sales and marketing. Jen transitioned into the construction industry in 2007 where she has held positions as Director of Marketing & Business Development, Director of Membership & Marketing, and Director of Workforce Development & External Affairs. Today Jen serves over 400 construction companies and businesses as she closes the skills gap facing the industry through student outreach and development of training programs.
Jen is passionate about career-pathway development through career and technical education. All students deserve to have an adult take a vested interest in their future. An advocate for the skilled trades, Jen works to ensure that all post-secondary education and training are equally promoted and celebrated. Education and industry have a responsibility to work together to ensure that the education students receive align with the career realities on the other side. Jen helps students find their purpose and dedicates her professional and personal time to connecting industry and education through student outreach opportunities. She plays a critical role in the success of MiCareerQuest – an annual multi-industry career exploration event held in Grand Rapids for more than 9,000 West Michigan middle and high school students.
Jen is married to Brad and is mother to Brooklyn and Jax who attend North Park Montessori. It is through her children that Jen became deeply committed to Montessori education, North Park Montessori, and Grand Rapid Public Schools. Jen is an advocate for the power of public education, the opportunities that exist in a diverse community, and the strength and innovation of the city of Grand Rapids.