WCC Youth Camps Combine Fun and Education

Wayne Community College Continuing Education will hold more than a dozen youth camps this summer, nearly doubling the options it provided last year.

“This is the fourth year we have offered summer camps and each year the offerings have grown,” said Coordinator Lisa Newkirk. “Our curriculum (college credit) and Continuing Education Services departments work together to provide these opportunities for young adults to explore career options and to have fun while doing so.”

“We realize the importance of exposing young minds, at an early age, to a variety of topics to gauge their interest in career choices and to keep them active during the summer months to prepare them for the upcoming school year,” said Renita Allen Dawson, the college’s associate vice president of Continuing Education Services.

A participant in last year’s Fashion Camp works on a project.

New this year are three Summer Enrichment Camps and an Animal Science Career Exploration Camp, plus some past camps have been expanded to more grade levels.

“Since beginning our summer camps, we have listened to the parents in our community and because of their input, have increased our camps each year,” said Dawson.

The “Summer Enrichment: The Pre-College Experiment” Camps are for rising seventh- and eighth-graders. They tackle the topics of “Eye-Opening Science” (July 17-20), “Jaw-Dropping Math” (July 24-27), and “Rise Up with Reading” (July 31-Aug. 3). All sessions run 9 a.m.-noon.

They are will be led by community college instructors and are designed to reinforce and enhance the students’ regular academic coursework. Cost of each camp is $60 and includes a camp T-shirt.

In the Animal Science Career Exploration Camp, rising sixth- through eighth-graders can learn about careers in animal science and veterinary medicine through hands-on labs, workshops, and team building. Activities will include lessons in animal anatomy, food safety, chicken embryology, and animal care. It will run 1-4 p.m., July 24-27. Cost of the camp is $60 and it includes a T-shirt.

Rising high school freshmen through seniors can participate in the CSI Academy, 9 a.m.-noon, July 10-13. Participants will practice the skills needed to analyze evidence then apply those procedures at a mock crime scene. The cost is $80 and includes a T-shirt.

In Fashion Camp: An Exploration of Design and Sewing, campers will be introduced to basic sewing techniques, sewing machine operation, fashion design principles, and more, while creating a final project to display. Rising sixth- through eighth-graders will attend 1-5 p.m., June 12-29, and the session for rising ninth- through 12th graders is set for 1-5 p.m. July 17-Aug. 3. The $80 fee covers all sewing and class materials.

The Information Technology Academy introduces various aspects of computer hardware. Students will engage in the process of disassembling and reassembling computers along with programming using a Raspberry Pi, a credit card-sized computer.

Two sessions of the Information Technology Academy will be offered June 26-29: 8 a.m.-noon for rising sixth- through eighth-graders and 1-5 p.m. for rising ninth- through 12th-graders. The $80 cost also covers a T-shirt.

A Video Game Academy will introduce simulation and game development. Participants will try 3D modeling, video game creation and bug testing, and programming. They will gain experience designing and producing game artifacts that they can share. The camp will include a gaming tournament with the winner receiving a medal.

Both rising sixth- through eighth-graders and rising ninth- through 12th-graders will attend the Video Game Academy June 19-22: 8 a.m.-noon for middle-schoolers and 1-5 p.m. for high schoolers. Cost is $80.

The popular Allied Health Career Exploration Camp will return. Dates will be June 12-15 with rising sixth- through eighth-graders attending 8 a.m.-noon and the session for rising ninth- through 12th-graders being held 1-5 p.m. Campers will get a general overview of the health care field and learn basic first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The price is $60 and includes a camp T-shirt and First Aid and CPR certificate.

Registration forms for all of these camps and more information can be found at www.waynecc.edu/career-exploration-camps or by contacting Lisa Newkirk at (919) 739-6931 or ldnewkirk@waynecc.edu.

Wayne Community College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs. Anyone who anticipates needing accommodation or has questions about access should contact Ms. Newkirk.

Wayne Community College is a public, learning-centered institution with an open-door admission policy located in Goldsboro, N.C. As it works to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, the college serves around 12,000 individuals annually as well as businesses, industry, and community organizations with high quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities, including more than 70 college credit programs.

Wayne Community College’s mission is to meet the educational, training, and cultural needs of the communities it serves.

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