The Butler and Warren County Educational Service Centers in conjunction with Sinclair's Courseview Campus are hosting summer programming options for youth entering grades 7 to 12.
Camp registration opened on March 25, 2013. Digital Photography, Comedy Camp and Guitar Building are all being offered as half-day options to give students new experiences this summer that may spark future career interests and opportunities. A full day STEM camp is also available for incoming sophomores, juniors and seniors using a Waterbotics module. This camp will provide students a fun environment for learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) while building aquatic Lego robots that will participate in various challenges.
The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded both ESC's funding to help support these programs and offset costs to students. It is the Foundation's hope that these types of activities will inspire more students to consider careers within STEM professions and that the positive effects of this event will trickle down throughout the communities.
Wanting to promote more college-readiness activities and recognizing the gaps in summer options for older youth, Butler and Warren County ESC's are reaching out to students entering grades 7 to 12 to participate in Sinclair's summer programs. According to Scott Markland, Vice President for Regional Centers, "Sinclair reaches students early, offering high school students programs that provide for a successful step into college."
Jon Graft, Butler County ESC Superintendent, also shares, "As a partner in shaping lives, it is important that we identify talented students who have the potential to be successful college students to ultimately lead to successful citizenry. We hope to inspire junior high and high school students to believe in themselves that college is achievable. The camps are to provide students a snapshot of their future successful college career and teach the steps to obtain access to college."
Space for each program is limited, so families are encouraged to register using the online system at www.sinclair.edu/courseview. Questions can be referred to Sinclair's Courseview Campus Center at 513-339-1212 x 5507 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BCESC and WCESC are countywide school districts offering a variety of services for the enhancement of educational programs. School districts can tailor ESC services to meet the needs of children and families in their districts while achieving successful programming from an established agency. When services can come from a central clearinghouse, administrative costs decrease, and fiscal savings are passed on to the schools.