Career Camp offers look into future

Krystle Wagner • Jun 13, 2019 at 10:00 AM

WEST OLIVE — As the Bee Gee’s song “Stayin’ Alive” played in the classroom’s speakers, students practiced chest compressions on mannequin.

Hands-only CPR is one of the skills students in the Emergency 9-1-1 class learned during the Career Camp at the Careerline Tech Center. More than 500 students in grades 6-8 are participating in the camp offered in two weeklong sessions.

During the camp, students can sign up to take five of the 19 classes offered, which provide insight into careers such as culinary arts, veterinary, engineering, computers, automotive, and more.

Careerline Tech Center Director Dave Searles said Career Camp helps students get connected to careers at a young age.

New classes offered this year include Emergency 9-1-1 to teach students CPR, and basic first aid, and the new Babysitting Biz class teaches students skills for babysitting and starting their own business.

Grand Haven students Autumn Koreck and Rachel Williams took turns practicing CPR chest compressions on Wednesday morning.

Williams said she took the camp last year and loved how she could learn something that could help people. Williams said it’s also “cool” they’re learning about skills and things people do in their jobs.

Williams, who took a first aid class last year, said she felt it was helpful to know the information, which could help someone.

Williams said it’s “cool” they have the opportunity to learn more about careers and experience new fields.

In addition to Emergency 9-1-1 Koreck and Williams also signed up to take Animal Planet, Hot Metal, Pastry Arts, and What’s Your Style.

Wanting to find a fun summer vacation activity and exploring careers led Koreck to join the camp. Koreck said learning about her career interests will help her determine classes to take in the future.

Students in the engineering class used two-liters and fins to create rockets to launch. After putting the finishing finishes on his rocket, Noah McKinnon said camp was “awesome” so far.

Earlier in the week, McKinnon took Destination Robotics and Diesel Engines 101 class, which he got to walk under a semi-truck.

In addition to the engineering class, Avery Smith-Bagley and Emery Smith-Bagley took classes such as Computer Tech and Construction Junction.

Avery Smith-Bagley said their grandfather works at M-Tech and he inspired them to attend the camp because they weren’t sure what career they want to pursue in the future.

“We’re learning what we like and don’t like, so far,” he said.

One of the highlights of the week so far was either building rockets or taking a computer apart and putting it back together, Emery Smith-Bagley.

In addition to offering two weeks of Career Camp, students in grades 7-9 can also participate in the week-long Career Camp 2.0, which featured sessions such as Pathfinders, Trailblazers, Gone Boarding, Nextech and Passport to Michigan.

During Pathfinders and Trailblazers, students explore careers in outdoor industries. Gone Boarding gives students in 8-9 grades the chance to design and make their own longboard.

Passport to Michigan shows students will work with local tourism and travel businesses and learn about hospitality. Nextech provide students with the chance to visit local industries and discover the technology they’re using.

Searles said he enjoys seeing students get excited about education and the service they’re providing. Searles noted that staff do a great job during the camp.

“It’s fun to watch the excitement,” he said.

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