Summer is the perfect time for career exploration

By Erin Eagan

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BTC Battle Bots Camp

Courtesy of Blackhawk Technical College

The school year is winding down and before you know it, your children will have nothing but time on their hands. So why not make the most of it by keeping them engaged and learning while having fun?

Several of Wisconsin’s technical colleges are hosting camps, workshops and other events around the state this summer. By encouraging participation, you can help facilitate career exploration.

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.

We’ve compiled a list of events happening at several of our colleges this summer. To find out if your local college has summer options for your child, visit the school’s website or give them a call.

Blackhawk Tech Youth Camps
Specialized summer camps from Blackhawk Technical College are designed for students entering grades 5-10. These customized camps are small, personalized and focused on the students’ interests. This year’s offerings include Auto Diesel Camp, Culinary Camp, Firefighter Camp, Law Enforcement Camp and more.

Chippewa Valley Technical College STEM Camp
CVTC’s 2018 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp offers students an opportunity to apply math, science and engineering principles, as well as providing an introduction to STEM concepts. This year the camp incorporates 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.

Fox Valley Technical College Summer Camps
FVTC is offering a variety of high-tech, engaging summer camp options for middle school and high school students. This year’s camps include Drag Racer Timing Camp, Electric Guitar building, Girltech, Healthcare Immersion and many more. They are filling up quickly so register right away!

Lakeland’s College for Kids Camp
The College for Kids program, now in its 33rd year, offers kids an exciting, fun-filled and educational summer. Hands-on learning and exploration activities are being planned for art, math, music, sign language, creative writing and more.

Madison College Career Discovery Bootcamp
This summer, the Madison College School of Professional and Continuing Education will again offer a variety of hands-on, experiential summer boot camps that include: Transportation Bootcamp Camp, Biotech Bootcamp, Neuroscience Bootcamp, Emergency Medicine Boot Camp, Microphones on the Mallards, Movie Making Bootcamp, Character Cartooning Bootcamp and Food Discovery Bootcamp.

Mid-State Technical College
Mid-State is offering a few two-day camps this summer. At College Camp: Lights, Camera, Action allows students entering 6th-8th grade to experience exciting careers directly with fun hands-on exploration workshops. Hero Camp is a one-day, fun-filled camp to learn the ins and outs of becoming a hero in today’s society.

Moraine Park Tech Knowledge College
For students entering 6th-8th grade, Tech Knowledge College gives middle school students an opportunity to get a hands-on, interactive look at the skills and careers needed today and in the future. Activities fill up fast, so sign up early.

Northcentral Technical College K-12 Events
The K–12 events offered by NTC give elementary, middle and high school students opportunities to start thinking about their futures and planning their post-secondary education. Some of this year’s events include: Commit to College, Make IT Happen, Public Safety Day, Wood Technology Contest, Farm to Table Camp and more.