Area Youth Benefit from JCC Summer Programs

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Jamestown Community College

Jamestown Community College’s Center for Continuing Education conducted four major youth programs on the Jamestown Campus this summer.

Wee College involved 37 six–and seven–year–olds in science and art through Sweet Science Sensations and Petite Picassos and Savvy Scientists courses.

Kids’ College, a weeklong experience for youth ages 8–12, hosted 121 children. The program offered hands-on topics in science, technology, art, sports, math, engineering, geography, and culinary arts. Among the course highlights were Crazy Catapults and Colossal Concoctions, Survivor™, Krafty Kids, Really Cool Reptiles and Awesome Amphibians, Cupcake Challenge, and Mad Scientists.

Seventeen students ages 10­–14 attended Tech College. Participants used 3D printers and CNC machines to design a toy to promote and engage area youth in manufacturing concepts.

The Advanced Manufacturing Camp hosted 14 students ages 13–18. In addition to gaining exposure to JCC’s Manufacturing Technology Institute, students were introduced to a sampling of manufacturing applications including computer-aided design and computer numerical controls, engineering, machining and welding. Students designed and built customized LED signs. Tours of two local manufacturing facilities, Ring Precision and Weber Knapp, were part of the experience.

Funding through the Blossom Fund, administered by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, and the JCC Foundation covered tuition expenses for 15 children, who met certain financial criteria, to attend Kids’ College and Wee College. Additionally, the JCC Foundation sponsored the Advanced Manufacturing Camp, allowing all 14 students to attend at a discounted rate.

“Our camps foster educational and enrichment opportunities that many area youth would not be able to attend without the generosity and support of these organizations,” said Delana Rupp, assistant director of JCC’s Center for Continuing Education.