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Students explore careers at summer camp

Krystle Wagner • Jun 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM

WEST OLIVE — Students are gaining hands-on experience in career fields throughout this week and next at the Careerline Tech Center’s Career Camp.

More than 570 students in grades 6-8 are participating in the camp. From 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, they participate in one of the 26 classes aimed at giving them opportunities to explore career fields such as culinary, graphic design, printing, education and dental hygiene.

David Lenger is participating in the camp for a second year as a way to learn about potential career opportunities. Lenger, who will be an eighth-grader at Lakeshore Middle School this fall, made a wind turbine during the It’s Electric! class. He said he plans to pursue a future as an electrician.

Lenger also said he plans to attend the Careerline Tech Center when he’s in high school because of the opportunities there.

“You get to do what you love,” he said.

To determine classes offered during Career Camp, CTC Director Dave Searles said they look at what’s going on in the industries. 

For example, with manufacturing and engineering being popular markets, there is a new class is called Gone Boarding, a five-day program for high school students. Throughout the week, students build their own longboard. They gain experience in engineering, printing and marketing.

Natalie Dumbrell, who will be a sophomore at Grand Haven High School this fall, said the new class fulfills her interest in making a longboard. As she traced the pattern for her longboard, she said the “coolest” part so far in the week has been “learning new things” such as how to use power tools.

After making the longboard, students can print out vinyl designs. Dumbrell said she is planning to print out music notes for the bottom of her board.

Another new class offered this year is Website Wizards, which gives students the chance to personalize and create a mobile website.

The Great Escape class has students working in teams to use S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, math) to build and design ways that a traveler who ends up shipwrecked travel to survive and return to civilization.

Participating in the Great Escape is one of the classes Joscelyn Todd, who will be a seventh-grader at Lakeshore Middle School, said she had been looking forward to participating in.

“It sounded really fun,” she said.

Todd signed up for both weeks of the camp. So far this week, she participated in the EdCamp class and the S.C.R.U.B.S. class. In the S.C.R.U.B.S. class, which is new, Todd said they learned how to perform hands-only CPR, how to bandage wounds and perform a mini-surgery.

In addition to learning about careers, Searles said he hopes the students have fun discovering opportunities for their future and learn about the programs offered at the Careerline Tech Center.

“It can help kids see the importance of school,” he said.

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