Allow your child to explore possible careers at a tech college summer camp

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By Erin Eagan


Summer is the time for children to recharge after a long school year. But for some, that time can also be used to get a jumpstart on their futures.

Many colleges around the state offer summer camps, workshops and other events to help middle and high school students explore potential careers. In these summer camps, learning is all about fun with hands-on activities, such as flying drones, designing custom jewelry, building electric guitars and baking and cooking, all allowing the students to practice new skills.

Several of Wisconsin’s technical colleges are hosting camps, workshops and other events around the state this summer:

Blackhawk Technical College
Students at BTC summer camps will explore some of the hottest careers today in public safety, culinary arts, health sciences and manufacturing. They can investigate a crime scene, discover a whole new world of foods or find out what it takes to be successful in the health field. 

Chippewa Valley Technical College
CVTC is hosting four courses this summer: Intro to Firefighter I introduces students to basic skills and techniques used in firefighting. By successfully completing the course, students will earn one credit toward the Fire Medic Associate Degree Program. STEM Race Camp introduces students to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math principles that will be applied to enhance radio controlled cars. Drone Summer Camp provides a broad picture of drone fundamentals and theory, drone operations and applications along with drone policy. In Exploration of Auto Collision-For Girls, female students will be introduced to the collision repair field.  

Fox Valley Technical College
FVTC is offering several hands-on, engaging summer camp options for middle school and high school students, such as Cop Camp, Electric Guitar Building, Jewelry Design, Metal Form & Fusion, Professional Baking and Cooking and many more. This summer’s camps are filling up quickly so register right away!

Gateway Technical College
Students can build their own rocket, learn how to communicate with sign language, create delicious summer snacks and more at Gateway’s hands-on pre-college Summer Camps, open to students entering grades 6 through 8. The complete Summer 2017 camp schedule will be available soon.

Madison College
CampHERO is designed to help girls develop courage, gain confidence and build character while introducing them to protective services. They get to explore interests and skills through hands-on activities, taught by real police officers, firefighters, EMT/paramedics and dispatchers. CampHERO is open to any girl entering kindergarten up to recent 12th grade graduates. As another option, expand your 11-15 year-old’s enthusiasm for learning through the intensive hands-on Career Discovery Boot Camp programs. These courses are taught by Madison College faculty and can be taken for fun or as an introduction to many career paths. 

Milwaukee Area Technical College
Girls Who Bot, Build and Code: Robotics Summer Camp will be held June 12-16. The camp for girls will feature training in designing, assembling and programming a robot to complete a task. Health Care Career Exploration for Boys will be held June 12-15. Students will explore careers in echocardiography, anesthesia technology, surgical technology and health information technology. 

Mid-State Technical College
MSTC is offering two-day camps this summer. At College Camp 2017, students will participate in exploration workshops. At VEX Robotics Engineering Camp, students will be exposed to the principles of design, engineering, electronics and programming.

Moraine Park Technical College
MPTC’s Tech Knowledge College 2017 gives middle school students an opportunity to get a hands-on, interactive look at the skills and careers needed today and in the future. 

Waukesha County Technical College
Beginning LEGO Robotic Programming is being offered at WCTC for children ages 10 to 13 to inspire their imaginations and challenge their minds. They will use LEGO bricks to explore robotics, mechanical systems, electronics and programming.

With these hands-on learning activities, students are not only exposed to a wide range of skills and careers, but they also experience what it’s like to learn in a higher education environment. To find out if a local college has summer options for your child, visit the school’s website or give them a call.