TNCC Hosts Career Camp for Teens June 21-25


Published: May 14, 2010

Some local high school students in grades 10 and 11 will be off to camp this summer but not just any ordinary summer camp. Thanks to career coaches at Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Office of Outreach and Recruitment and the Newport News Public Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department these campers will be on the fast track to charting plans for their future careers.

Set for June 21-25 on TNCC’s Hampton campus and open to 25 students, the summer camp is called Time for New Career Choices: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM ) 101. The weeklong camp will give students an opportunity to explore careers in the healthcare field that are STEM-related.

Although the camp is free, a nonrefundable $25 application fee is required. Applications, available through May 15, may be obtained from high school guidance counselors in the TNCC service area (Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, York County, Poquoson and James City County). Or, to obtain an application, visit TNCC’s website at www.tncc.edu. and search Office of Outreach and Recruitment. Those selected to participate will be notified in early June.

The camps are designed to expose students to a variety of careers and professions and give participants individualized career and educational development plans to share with their parents and guidance counselors for support in accomplishing their goals.

Career coaches Susan Generazio (New Horizons), DeBorah Littlejohn (Heritage High School), Elizabeth Marmion (Warhill High School), Doris Parks (Phoebus High School), and Joyce Watson (Lafayette High School) are the camp’s facilitators. Career coaches are community college employees that work in local high schools as part of a Virginia Community College System (VCCS) initiative. They help students define career aspirations and recognize community colleges as viable means to achieve their goals.

The career coach initiative aims to increase the number of high school graduates prepared for employment and/or community college enrollment in a career and technical field.

For more information, please contact the Office of Outreach and Recruitment at (757) 825-2905.

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