On June 16-19, 2014, middle school students from each of the local school districts attended the 10th Annual Summer Camps at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center. Students had the opportunity to learn with hands-on projects designed especially for younger students.
This year, over 300 students were enrolled in one of the seventeen camps offered: Art, Automotive, CAD and CNC, Computer and Electronics, Culinary, Diesel Power, Digital Media Production, Fishing Adventures, Forensic Science, Health Careers, Junior Police, LEGO Robotics, Poetry, Power Sports and Equipment, Scrapbooking, Welding / Metal Fabrication, and Woodworking. Summer Camp projects included: investigating crime scenes, building coat racks, visiting TV 9&10 and watching a live broadcast, a culinary competition, welding name plates, and building LEGO robotics.
The number of students participating in the CTC Summer Camps this year was a huge increase over last year’s enrollment of 135 students. This may be due, in part, to offering busing from each local district, with the exception of Cadillac. There were over 140 students who took advantage of this transportation. In addition, the camps also included a field trip to local businesses or industrial facilities, such as Borg Warner, Mercy Hospital or Cadillac Fabrication, to highlight careers in our local area.
“Because of the high school graduation requirements, students must begin planning their high school classes, including the CTC, before their freshman year,” expressed Charlie Schwarz, CTC Principal. “These summer camps give students an opportunity to see what the CTC offers while still having fun.”
The feedback from students was extremely positive. One student was overheard saying to his parents that the camps were “fun” and “I wish it was longer than three days.” Another student commented, “I have learned a lot more than I thought I would and I will definitely come back next year.” A 7th grade student from Lake City Middle School said “I absolutely loved the camp!” The camps are offered to all students living within the Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District.