ATC to offer non-traditional summer camp

By Christy Howell-Hoots
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A new summer camp will allow students the opportunity to explore careers they may not have considered previously.

Mason County Area Technology Center Principal Jeremy McCloud said the ATC is offering a two-day non-traditional summer camp in May where female students will participate in typically male-dominated programs, while the male students will participate in typically female-dominated programs.

According to McCloud, the female students will learn about welding, automotive technology, electrical technology and machine tool while the male students will learn about the medical field.

“Goal is for the female students to know they can be a machinist or go into an engineering field. A lot of times girls will be afraid of trying these programs. And, we want the male students to know they can be a nurse, an (occupational therapist) or a (physical therapist),” McCloud said. “It’s about career awareness.”

McCloud said the students will receive experience in the program and the students participating in the health science program will receive CPR training.

“When they leave, they will have their CPR cards,” he said. “Everyone will walk away with something from these programs.”

The summer camp is open to Mason County Middle School students who will be entering seventh and eighth grade in the 2018-19 school year. However, if there are remaining slots, students from other school districts will be allowed to apply for the program, according to McCloud.

“We will have space for 10 students in the health science program and 20 students in the other programs,” he said.

The program is free for students with transportation also being provided.

“We will have a school bus that will pick students up at 8:30 a.m. both days,” he said. “The pickup location will be the Mason County Public Library, located downtown. If we have students from other school districts, we will be unable to provide transportation for them, unfortunately.”

McCloud said lunch will also be provided for students during the camp.

The camp will be May 29-30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mason County ATC building. Students interested in applying for the program should contact their middle school administration. The camp is currently accepting registration.

McCloud said this will be the first year the summer camp is being offered to students, but he hopes to see it continue.

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By Christy Howell-Hoots