Northview Next Career Center

Career Center

School Mission

The objective of Northview Next Career Center is to help all students between the ages of 15 and 20 acquire a NVPS diploma, regardless of their circumstances. To that end, Northview Next Career Center will offer extended hours of operation, including summer and evening hours, so that students can design a schedule that accommodates work requirements, health issues or other barriers to participating in a traditional high school schedule.

The future of our workforce depends on the education and support we provide for our students now,” said Brent Dickerson, principal of Northview Next. “We give students hope by showing they have the skills employers demand and can truly be successful learners in the classroom and on the job site. We guarantee students who graduate from Northview Next will feel prepared and inspired to be life-long learners.

Featuring programs such as Career Awareness and Preparation, as well as Future Focused Fridays, NVPS is a leader in readying students for success after graduation. These programs allow students to pursue hands-on work experience through internships, job shadows and part-time jobs. Leaders at the district introduced Northview Next to further support students and Northview alumni as they enter the workforce.


3801 E Beltline Ave NE,

Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Phone: (616) 361-7396 Fax: (616) 361-7398

Office Hours: 7:15 AM – 3:15 PM

School Hours:

(M,T,Th,F) 7:35 AM – 2:40 PM

(Wed) 8:35 AM – 2:40 PM

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On behalf of the faculty, staff and administration of Northview Next, greetings to the multitude of talented students, parents/guardians, and prospective families in our school community.  Thank you all for your interest in East Campus High School.  We offer high school educational opportunities to Northview residents and non-residents in both the daytime and evening.

It is our Mission to empower students for life’s next step. As a result we expect the following from all students:

♦ Demonstrate academic and personal integrity in all of their course work and efforts.

♦ Be honest in all situations to promote self-learning, intellectual growth, and character development.

♦ Always show respect to fellow students, their family members, Northview faculty and staff, and other individuals or groups within and outside the Grand Rapids area.

Our highly qualified teachers are clearly committed to our Vision of providing teens with both academic and social strategies and opportunities to reach their fullest potential.  We not only offer our academic services during the day but also provide a night school opportunity for our students.  Outside of the classroom our teachers challenge our students socially by encouraging their involvement extracurricular activities.  Within the past year, our students have participated in ultimate Frisbee, softball, and bowling; attended the Carrie play hosted at Aquinas College; served food to homeless at local shelters; marched in the Martin Luther King parade; and spoke at local town hall meetings.

We take pride in achieving our mission and vision to make sure we reflect our school’s belief that:

♦ School should benefit all learners.

♦ Every person has a basic need to learn and grow.

♦ Every person has skills and abilities.

♦ People are essentially good.

♦ Each person is a valued member of the school community.

To ensure we can reach a wide range of students, we offer day care, Kent Career Technical Center Classes, a small school setting, outside learning experiences, career education classes, and a work-based education program.

We appreciate your interest in our school and welcome any questions.  Contact us at (616) 361-7396 or  Go, Wildcats!


Principal Brent Dickerson and The Northview Next Staff

School Improvement Plan

2022-23 AER

Brent Dickerson


Drew Klopcic

Coordinator of Student Supports

Pam Dame

Building Administrative Assistant

Phone: (616) 361-7396

Fax: (616) 361-7398

Northview Next Learning Center Shuttle Schedule 2019-2020

Northview BusDepartsThe Rapid - 11 Plainfield
MESC City Bus Stop to LEARNING CTR9:40 AMNorthbound arrives at 9:37 AM
LEARNING CTR to MESC City Bus Stop1:25 PMSouthbound departs at 1:43 PM


Brent Dickerson

Principal of Northview Next

Mr Brent Dickerson - Principal of the Northview Next Program.

Principal Brent Dickerson, graduated from Northview High School, then later Western Michigan University. When Dickerson isn’t working with students or staff, he loves to spend time with his wife, Heather, and two beautiful daughters, Willa and Adella. If Dickerson wasn’t working at NNCC, he’d be captaining a yacht in the Caribbean.

Drew Klopcic


Drew Klopcic, Dean of Students

Dean of Students, Drew Klopcic, graduated from Forest Hills Central High School and then Michigan State University. If Klopcic isn’t working with students, he is spending time with family or golfing. Klopcic credits his high school English teacher and former coaches for immersing him in the world of education. But if things didn’t work out as a Public School Administrator, Klopcic could see himself working as a sports broadcaster.

Pam Dame

Administrative Assistant

Pam Dame - Administrative Assistant at Northview Next

Administrative Assistant, Pam Dame, graduated from Northview High School and then the University of Hawaii. Besides running the show here at NNCC, Dame also has a passion for working with youth, spending time with her daughters, traveling, and enjoying the sun whenever Michigan can get it. Dame considers herself an open book and encourages students to ask questions about the school.

Betsy Verwys

English Teacher

Betsy Verwys - English Teacher at Northview Next

English Teacher, Betsy Verwys, graduated from Cornerstone University. Verwys, an avid nature lover, spends most of her free time outside, whether it’s on land, or on the water, she will always find a way outdoors. Surprisingly, before working at NNCC, Verwys had plans to join the circus, even acting as a clown for the grand opening of Rivertown Mall.

Brian Hendricks

Science Teacher

Science teacher, Brian Hendricks graduated from Grand Valley State University and has always had a passion for teaching. Hendricks is a true outdoorsman who always enjoys becoming closer with nature, whether it’s hunting, fishing, or hiking. Surprisingly enough, if Hendricks wasn’t teaching, scuba diving would be his fall-back, already having experience cage diving with great white sharks!  

Nick Smith

Career Coach

Career Coach, Nick Smith, graduated from Mount Pleasant High School and Central Michigan University. In his role, Smith oversees the partnership with Jobs for Michigan Graduates (JMG) and co-teaches Career Classes. When Smith isn’t at school, he loves spending time with his wife and family, watching sports, or traveling up north. If education didn’t work out, Smith could always fall back on his baseball career. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Oilers Division 2 State Championship team in 2007.

Instar Abdulahe

Mental Health Liaison

Instar Abdulahe - Mental Health Liaison at Northview NextMental Health Liaison, Instar Abdulahe graduated from Grand Valley with degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology before completing her Master’s in social work.  Born in Ethiopia, her family immigrated to the US when she was 6.  One of Abdulahe’s many superpowers is her ability to speak 3 different languages.  When she’s not working with NNCC students, Abdulahe loves to travel, bake and catch up on her favorite shows.

Steph Hoekwater

Social Worker

Social Worker, Steph Hoekwater, graduated from Calvin College and then the University of Michigan for her masters. In Hoekwater’s role, she offers support for students and families of the Northview community.  When Hoekwater isn’t supporting our community, she enjoys traveling, watching sports, and spending time with friends and family. As a back-up plan, Hoekwater would love to start renovating, and flipping houses!

Trip Gallery

Teacher Consultant

Teacher consultant James (Trip) Gallery is a graduate of Rockford HS, Beloit College (B.A.) and Grand Valley State University (Masters).  Before retiring from Northview High School, Trip taught high school social studies for 3 decades. He started his career teaching a multi-age elementary class in Adelaide, South Australia.  He continues to have a passion for World cultures and especially cuisine.  In his free time, he enjoys coaching football and is a high school wrestling official.

Suann Foust

Teacher Consultant

Teacher consultant Suann Foust is a graduate of Forest Hills Central HS, Michigan State and Western Michigan Universities.  She is an avid sports fan and participant, and loves the outdoors, where she is usually accompanied by her dog, Rufus. A retired special education teacher, Foust now helps run the high school pool and teaches Water Safety for Northview.  She is on the board of our club swim team and coaches part time as well. Fun fact: in college, Foust played Ultimate (frisbee) and was part of the Fisheads, 1983 National Champions.


Northview Next Career Center’s Manufacturing Lab proudly partners with these generous sponsors.

Amway - A NNCC Sponsor
River City Mechanical - A NNCC Sponsor
Tekton - A NNCC Sponsor

Northview Next Career Center partners with Jobs for Michigan Graduates to provide a Career focused curriculum helping to earn industry recognized competencies for career readiness. Students complete two years of Career Class to earn a certificate of mastery in addition to their Northview diploma.

Jobs for Michigan Graduates