Keep your children engaged and learning this summer while exploring potential careers

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By Erin Eagan

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The school year is coming to a close, and while kids may be bursting with excitement, parents are wondering how to keep them entertained during those long summer days. Rather than spend hours in front of a screen, offer them something that will keep them engaged and learning — while having fun!

Many of Wisconsin’s technical colleges offer summer camps, workshops and other events to help students of all ages to explore potential careers — all at a reasonable cost. These camps will give them the opportunity to learn new skills, form friendships and learn more about themselves as they explore different career pathways. By encouraging your child’s participation, you can help facilitate career exploration.

We’ve compiled a list of events happening at several of our colleges this summer. Keep checking back for new additions or updates — or contact your local technical college for more information.

Blackhawk Technical College
Each of the 2019 youth summer camps, which run mid-June through early August, are small, personalized and focused on the students’ interests. Plans are in the works so stay tuned for more information.

Chippewa Valley Technical College
CVTC is offering its 2019 STEM Camp for students entering grades 7-12. This year’s camp will incorporate two primary themes: 1) environmental sustainability and stewardship through the process of assessing alternative energy technologies (fuel cell, solar, and wind) to power electric cars, and 2) nanotechnology and its application in modern engineering.

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Fox Valley Technical College
Students from ages 9-18 can choose from over a dozen different camps covering agriculture, technology and more. From Grilling, Smoking & BBQ to The Power of Manufacturing, these hands-on camps will delve into new territories in a fun, engaging way.

Gateway Technical College
There are over a dozen pre-college summer camps available at Gateway for students entering grades 6-8. For example, at Mani and Pedi Fun, students will learn how to do manicures and pedicures combined with relaxing massage techniques; Rocks ‘N Rhymes/Self-Esteem will help boost students’ confidence through art; and Circuits, Circuits and More Circuits will electrify their passion for creativity and metalwork through this camp that explores basic electrical components/circuits and how to solder.

Lakeshore Technical College
Lakeshore’s Tech Camp—STEM Career Exploration is an event for students ages 10-15 to learn more about advanced manufacturing. Students will get hands-on with robotic welders, fiber lasers and 3D printers while exploring career programs including Mechanical Design, Machine Tool, Welding and Auto Repair.

Madison College
Designed for children ages 11-17, Madison College offers Career Discovery Youth Camps to inspire and engage students with experiential learning activities and career exploration. At these camps, students can learn about everything from soft skills like leadership to specific trades such as woodworking.

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Mid-State Technical College
At College Camp 2019, students are invited for a day filled with hands-on exploration exploring four Mid-State programs. They’ll have fun getting to know how it feels to be a college student while trying their hand at the skills needed in today’s workforce.

Milwaukee Area Technical College
MATC is offering a few camps this summer, some of which include: Makers Camp with fun activities and make-and-take home projects using sheet metal; Summer Camp: Silly Boys, Manufacturing Is for Girls for girls ages 12-16; and Science Camp where students will build a microscope they can keep and will explore diseases and DNA, while solving a crime using lab techniques like a real-life crime scene investigator.

Moraine Park Technical College
Tech Knowledge College is open to all students entering 6th-8th grade who love learning through activities and want to explore a future career. Options include 3D modeling and animation, social media marketing, auto repair and much more.

Nicolet College
Nicolet’s 2019 Robotics Camp is a four-day camp is for 9th-11th graders that introduces them to the exciting world of robotics. Students will build a robot starting from design and working through programming to finally operate a sophisticated bot.

Northcentral Technical College
The Presidential Leadership & Community Involvement Camp is available to students entering 6th-8th grade. Accepted students will participate in fun and engaging career exploration, leadership building and community service activities while being immersed in the college environment. Students will also be eligible for a $250 scholarship to attend NTC.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
NWTC is offering youth art classes for children ages 8-18. Emerging Artisans Workshops (ages 8-12) include: Anthotype Prints, Ceramics Hand Building and Wheel Throwing and Fused Glass Suncatcher. Teen Workshops (ages 13-18) include: In a Moment Drawing, Woodturning Exploration, Eco-Graffiti and Forgotten Sculpture.

Southwest Technical College
SWTC is offering two summer academies: At Day Camp for Exploring Technical Careers, students entering 7th-9th grades can choose among sessions ranging from Crime Scene Processing to Caring for Children. Charger Tech Academy is for students entering 8th-12th grade who will learn about the college’s, programs and career options through interactive, hands-on activities led by SWTC instructors.

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Waukesha County Technical College
Discover Me: Hands-On Career Exploration Summer Camp is open to all students entering 6th-8th grade to explore interests and discover new and exciting careers. Several career activity options are available.

Western Technical College
At NITRO-X Summer Camp, students entering grades 7-9 will build and modify a 4x4 Remote Controlled (RC) vehicle. They will learn about electronics, engines, suspension, diagnostics and painting and will be introduced to the Auto Technician and Diesel & Heavy Equipment programs. Students will also enjoy field trips and view the latest car and truck models. For more info, call 608-785-9175, or email garvesk@westerntc.edu.

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Lego Robotics at the Ashland campus uses LEGO Mindstorms software to design, build and program a robot out of LEGO brick sets. At its Superior campus, Self-Defense for Kids teaches self-defense moves to get away from a possible threat and defend themselves from someone bigger or stronger. Babysitting Boot Camp prepares for the challenges of babysitting as they explore important topics such as: expectations, responsibilities, safety, childhood development from infant to school-age, caring for infants, emergencies and more.