Summer camps expose youth to Wisconsin career opportunities
During the summer many Wisconsin technical colleges provide opportunities for high school, middle school and even elementary school students to explore the latest technology and career opportunities. Youngsters can learn about engineering, law enforcement, robotics, manufacturing, wind and solar energy and more.
At Nicolet College the “Fun with Fossils” course allows students in grades 6-8 to experience the life of a paleontologist. Other students discover careers in sports medicine or psychological profiling.
Girls in grades 6-8 gain hands-on experience with robots at Moraine Park Technical College. The “Engineering for Girls” camp combines science, technology, engineering, mathematics and fun.
In “Awesome App-lications!” students develop their own computer game or mobile application using SCRATCH programming language. This camp is offered at the SC Johnson iMET Center at Gateway Technical College. Boys and girls attending “Camp Pioneer: Space Engineer” will fabricate a planet through engineering then determine how they will survive in the new environment.
More than 50 percent of jobs in Wisconsin require technical college education and most job openings in the next decade will require skills taught at technical colleges. Wisconsin ranks 8th in the nation in the number of jobs that will require and associate degree and 26th in jobs that require a bachelor’s degree. These camps are a great way to expose youth to possible career choices and to the many opportunities at Wisconsin’s technical colleges.