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COC offers hands-on career training this summer

Program adds more classes for junior high students

Posted: March 6, 2009 12:37 a.m.
Updated: March 6, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Junior high students can receive hands-on career training this summer at College of the Canyons' Junior High Summer Institute, which has upped the number of classes it's offering.

"With career technical education kind of being the buzzword in education, we decided to run a program for junior high-age children with an emphasis in career exploration," said Gina Bogna, director of community and continuing education at College of the Canyons. "They can come here to get a very hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment."

The program, taught by College of the Canyons and field experts, made its first run last year with about 96 families participating. It was so successful that more classes were added this year, Bogna said.

The college extended the summer camp from three weeks to six this year and added various career fields, such as animation, 3D design, teen fitness and young entrepreneurship. Career fields already offered include art, film, math, science and musical theater.

"If students can be exposed to more career opportunities, then we're doing our job," Bogna said.

She added that summer program offers an alternative to the basic day care-style summer camp for students of the in-between age.

"We recognize there's a need for (junior high) students, young teenagers who are too old for a babysitter and too young to be left alone," she said.

The College of the Canyons Community and Continuing Education Office is receiving applications for the summer institute until April 17. Parents can also register online through the institute's Web site.

The program will run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from June 15 through July 24. Parents can enroll their children in different week-long tracks for as many as six weeks at $185 per child per week. Some tracks may require an additional $15 materials fee. This year, 40 scholarships will be available, Bogna said.

Working parents can also choose an extended-care option, which allows students to remain at the institute with supervision from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The extended-care option requires an additional cost of $60 per child per week.

Participation in the summer institute requires students to be enrolled in schools of one of the Santa Clarita Valley districts, including Castaic.

For more information about registration or scholarship applications, contact the College of the Canyons Community and Continuing Education Office at (661) 362-3300 or visit


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