With twice as many class offerings and twice as many slots filled in its now-annual CTE Summer Camp, the Clare-Gladwin Career & Technical Education program answered the challenge, delivering entertaining, educational glimpses into potential careers for kids from Clare, Beaverton, Farwell, Harrison and Gladwin.
The summer camp, which started last year with four different classes and about 30 participants, doubled those numbers this year, offering local students in grades 7 through 10 the chance to learn about careers in Construction Trades, Culinary Arts, Criminal Justice, Digital Media, Automotive Technology, Caring for Children, Doodles to Design and Creative Engineering.
“We’re excited to see so many of our local students and parents interested in the CTE program,” said Sheryl Presler, Superintendent of the Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District, which operates the CTE program. “Our instructors worked hard to come up with interesting, challenging ways to introduce the kids to all these potential career paths, and based on the feedback, that work paid off, because the kids loved the camp.”
Presler was quick to express appreciation to the Gladwin County Community Foundation, which provides philanthropic leadership to strengthen the community by fostering and giving today and in the future. The foundation provided a grant worth $1,400 toward supplies for the camp. She also recognized other collaborators who helped make the camp a success, including Mid Michigan Community College, Clare County Transit, the Clare County Sheriff’s Department and Chartwells Food Service.
“The CTE program is, at its core, about community participation,” Presler said. “We train young people to help ensure they have a set of solid work skills for the next step after high school, whether it’s for college, the local workforce or both. It’s a reciprocal relationship between educators, parents, local employers and community stakeholders, and it’s gratifying to see what we can do working together.”