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COC Summer Institute gives students insight into career fields

Posted: July 19, 2013 5:05 p.m.
Updated: July 19, 2013 5:05 p.m.

Nick Grothe, 13, left, fires his catapult for distance as his teammates of seventh- and eighth-graders look on during the Summer Institute held at College of the Canyons' Valencia campus on Friday. Signal photo by Dan Watson

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College of the Canyons’ Summer Institute wrapped up a session for junior high school students Friday as the annual summer-camp-style program again offers youngsters a chance to explore different career paths.

The students learned about a variety of topics including robotics, motion picture special effects, video game design, sports medicine, architecture, welding and engineering.

“Our program is designed to give students the opportunities to explore those paths with hands-on activities designed for their age groups,” said Nadia Cotti, the coordinator of the Summer Institute program.

The program, in its sixth year, aims to allow students to get an early look at career fields that they can continue to pursue as they get older.

“We just like to introduce the kids early on and get them hooked on something so they can make their educational experience more meaningful,” Cotti said.

While the first of three sessions wrapped up Friday, a second session for junior high school students will be held next week.

The third session runs from July 29 to Aug. 2, according to the COC website.

Those interested in registering for the camp or learning more about it can do so at

The cost to participate in the institute ranges from $160 to $180 per career track, according to COC.
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