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Register Now For 'Kids College' Summer Camps
May 9, 2017

Children from around the region will be getting some college experience this summer through Walters State’s Kids College, which is filled with entertaining activities that broaden horizons with unique learning opportunities.
Students grades 3-5 and 6-8 will each attend four classes, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Two weeks are scheduled — June 12-15 and June 19-22 — and students can sign up for one or both weeks. The cost is $120 per week. 
Kids College is a yearly event organized by Walters State’s Division of Workforce Development. The camps are designed to include a broad range of subjects and activities, according to Dr. Nicole Cardwell-Hampton, coordinator of youth programs for Walters State’s Division of Workforce Training. She said many students will tend to be more interested in summer camp programs that align with their academic and recreational interests. 
“They might be drawn more to that science part of it, or art if they’ve got that art background,” Cardwell-Hampton said. “We have that. We’ve got pottery. We’ve got 3D animation cartoon drawing classes.”
Classes include:
  • 3-D Nature, Cartoon and Animation Drawing
  • Blast Off — Fun with Physics
  • Bot-Ball Wars — An Introduction to Robotics
  • Film Making
  • Forensic Files — Science and the Legal System
  • Jaws! Shark Attack! — Marine Biology
  • Just Dig It! — Basic Skills in Archaeology
  • Nature Detectives — Plants, Animals and Soil
  • Pottery
  • Rock Stars! You Can Dig it! — Fund with Geology
  • Spy Kids — Basic Detective Skills
  • The Atoms Family — Chemistry and Popular Science
  • Water World — Freshwater and its Fish
  • Web Design — Creating Web Pages
  • Games Galore — Leadership and Problem Solving

"Sometimes you get into a situation where a camp just emphasizes one subject," Cardwell-Hampton said. "No. We’ve got an overall group of classes from which the kids choose four. We’ll have third-graders who’ll go home all excited, saying, ‘I’m going to college!’ They love that idea.”
The excitement and classroom experiences help to plant the notion of pursuing higher education early. “We have people working here at the college who were in the Talented and Gifted program,” Cardwell-Hampton said. “They came through the program, attended Walters State and went on to a four-year institution. And while they’re working on a graduate degree, they’re here working at the college. 
“It is very important to catch them when they’re young, and we’re doing that.”
The deadline to register for Kids College is June 5. Parents are encouraged to register their children early, however, because classes are likely to fill before the deadline.
For more information about Kids College and how to register, call Cardwell-Hampton at 423-585-6756. Registration forms can be downloaded at ws.edu under Workforce Training.

Photo cutline: Matthew Kemmis, 12, a rising seventh-grader at Westview Middle School, was at Walters State recently to register for the first week of camp activities. Matthew wants to focus on pottery, fun with physics and marine biology.