Students attending the non-traditional summer camp at the Mason County Area Technology Center feel like they are walking away with more knowledge than when they began the program.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the ATC held a summer camp during which male and female students enrolled in programs traditionally filled with the opposite gender.
“We wanted them to see the other programs than what they would normally take,” ATC Principal Jeremy McCloud said. “We had girls in the welding, machine tool and automotive, while boys were put in the health sciences class.”
McCloud said the girls were given the basics of welding and the boys were able to walk away with a certification in CPR.
“We feel like the program was very successful this year,” he said. “We had 18 students attending and they’ve enjoyed it. In the future, we may do some reworking of the program, but we definitely want to continue it next year.”
Mason County Middle School seventh grade student Marcella Gifford said she learned about welding and cars while in the program.
“I learned how to torch in welding, made a brass ring in machine tool and learned how to change oil in the car shop,” she said. “My brother is a welder and I’ve always liked cars. I like welding and being around cars. I don’t believe I want to go into that field, but it’s always fun to know how to do it, so you’ll have something to work on when you have down time.”
According to Gifford, she wants to be a neurosurgeon.
Jarrod Dunaway, an eighth grade student at MCMS, said he learned about CPR in the health sciences class.
“I’ve been in health science and we’ve learned about giving CPR to adults, kids and babies. We’ve learned how to use first aid kits and how to safely give Epi pens and how to dress wounds,” he said.
Dunaway said he signed up for the program because he wants to work in healthcare.
“A lot of my family are nurses,” he said. “My mom and aunts are nurses and one of my brothers is going to school to be a nurse. I also want to be a nurse when I get out of school.”
The camp met on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It was free for the students with transportation and lunch was provided each day.