Fun learning opportunities abound at Cuyamaca College
May 13, 2012 (El Cajon) -- As Summer vacation approaches, College for Kids at Cuyamaca College provides the perfect combination of fun and learning for elementary and middle-schoolers, with a wide assortment of low-cost classes and activities.The program offered through the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Continuing Education program is available for youths, ages 7 to14. Registration just opened, and classes are offered from mid-July to mid-August at Cuyamaca College.
A new addition to the program is the Youth Boost Career Institute, three weeks of free career exploration for incoming seventh- and eighth-graders interested in the fields of health and medicine; green entrepreneurship; and science and engineering. Due to limited class space, students must submit a minimum 50-word essay signed by a teacher describing their interest in any of the three careers. The last day to submit an essay is May 31.
“This a great way to get middle-school kids to start thinking about careers and to give high school students interested in becoming teachers some experience,” project director Tonette Salter said. “In addition to a credentialed instructor, each class will have a high school student assisting. This is a pilot program that we’re hoping will be embraced by the community.”
Another unique aspect of the grant-funded career institute is the green entrepreneurship segment, designed to introduce the idea of self-employment in the green industry. The three-week institute runs from 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Thursday, July 9-26.
“Offering fun and enriching classes during summer vacation is a great way to introduce future students to our colleges,” Chancellor Cindy L. Miles said. “The classes include a host of learning opportunities, including those that may spark an interest in a future career.”
Besides the Youth Boost Career Institute, College for Kids is offering a series of weeklong summer day camps from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays featuring a wide variety of workshops in art, dance, fitness, science, media and more. Most workshops cost $80.
A Children’s Theatre Workshop will help students discover their creativity through theater games, improvisation, singing, monologues, audition techniques and more. Students may sign up for one class or all four.
- Egyptian Art: Hieroglyphics and Pyramid Building
- Egyptian Mummy-making
- Hula Hoop for Kids
- En Garde, Ready: Fence
- Self-defense and Weapons Training. Students will learn stick fighting and swordsmanship in a safe environment. All weapons are padded for safety.
- Curious Culinary Kids, designed to teach children about cooking simple and healthy foods
- Cake Decorating for Kids
- Hand Drumming for Beginners, which introduces kids to the conga, bongos and djembe, a skin-covered hand drum originating from West Africa.
- Glee! In this performance class, students will explore the basic concepts of music therapy and will explore Glee-style movement and music.
- Stomp: Percussion Using Basic Household Items
- Introduction to Music and Instruments: A Hands-on Approach
- Introduction to Drumline
- CSI: Forensics for Kids
- Inventor’s Workshop
- The Amazing World of Biology
- Babysitter Training
- Photoshop Fun, a class in digital photography and imaging using Adobe Photoshop
- Get Animated: Flash Animation, a workshop in creating animated movies using Adobe Flash software
- Writer’s Workshop: Mysteries
- Current Events: Debate and Persuasive Writing
- Extra! Extra! Students will learn how newspaper reporters decide what stories to cover and how they write them.
Cuyamaca College is located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego.