Posted in Blog on November 27, 2018

11/19/2018 -HOLLAND, Mich.– Lakeshore Advantage is seeking nominations for its annual Visionary Award to recognize an outstanding K-12 educator leading career exploration education. Applications are due by December 10, 2018.   
“The Lakeshore Advantage team has educated more than 200 K-12 educators on in-demand careers over the past two years,” said Jennifer Owens, President of Lakeshore Advantage. “Through that partnership, we have seen numerous best practices that connect students with local career opportunities and teach the competencies needed for these positions. We want to shine the light on those programs and the educators that go above and beyond to put them in place.”
Eligibility for the Visionary Award is reserved for current K-12 teachers in Allegan or Ottawa counties who have created opportunities for students to gain awareness of in-demand careers through projects and collaboration. The ideal educator has gone above and beyond to educate their students about in-demand careers. This individual’s effective approach and results have been recognized by the administration and have made a lasting impact on his/her students. 
The winning teacher’s school district will be awarded $1,000 to fund activities that support career awareness and the winning teacher will receive $500 thanks to sponsorship of Fifth Third Bank. Educators can find more information and apply at
According to the Lakeshore Advantage Business Intelligence data, 81% of area business leaders indicate access to skilled talent as the number one barrier to growth.  To overcome this challenge, educating teachers on the region’s high demand careers has a been a key focus of Lakeshore Advantage.
The Visionary Award, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, will be given at Lakeshore Advantage’s Annual Meeting January 18, 2019 at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville beginning at 11:30 AM.  This annual gathering of key business and community leaders is an opportunity to share successes of the past year and chart the course for the year ahead.  This year’s meeting theme is “Picture This”. 
“We at Fifth Third Bank are committed to building a stronger community not only for today, but also long into the future. We are proud to recognize the hard work and lasting impact that our educators make by inspiring students to imagine how they can align their passions and talents to propel this community to its full potential,” noted Scott Lubbers, Lakeshore Community President, Fifth Third Bank.
Initial applications will be reviewed by a committee of the Lakeshore Advantage Board of Directors. Three finalists will be selected and featured at the Lakeshore Advantage Annual Meeting.  The award winner will be chosen by Lakeshore Advantage investors through an on-line voting process. 
“It takes creativity, care, collaboration and enthusiasm to motivate and inspire students -a task that is not easily done, and often comes with many barriers” said Owens. “We want to hear from our districts about the special teachers in their schools who deserve to be honored for their impact and share these stories with those who can be a resource.”
If you want to be part of the award recognition, registration is now open for the Lakeshore Advantage Annual Meeting at: