TNCC Summer Camps Help Students Explore Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)


Published: May 20, 2009

HAMPTON, Va. – Some local high school students in grades 10and 11 will be off to camp this summer but not just any ordinary summer camp. Thanks to career coaches in Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Office of Outreach and Recruitment, these campers will be on the fast track to charting plans for their future careers.

Set for July 6-10 on TNCC’s Hampton campus, the summer camp is called Time for New Career Choices: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM ) 101. Activities from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. during the weeklong camp will give 35 students an opportunity to expand their horizons in making decisions about careers while also taking a realistic look at STEM-related careers.

Although the camp is free, a nonrefundable $20 application fee is required. Applications, available through May 29, 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 Outreach and Recruitment Office at 525 Butler Farm Road in Hampton. 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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