College for Kids 2012

College for Kids allows children to take fun classes and learn about the college experience at a young age.

Students were greeted by Victor, the mascot for the MCC Eagles, as they prepared to head to their second class of the day.

Students are taking a variety of classes this week to stay active both physically and mentally during their summer vacation. Students have the chance to even experience what a future career may be like.

"Well, we offer 45 different classes," said coordinator Tanya Thompson. "And we have arts and crafts; we have sports classes. We have occupational classes like nursing, woodworking, electronics, things that, you know, they might take an interest in and want to pursue later on down the road."

College for Kids is something many people grew up attending, and has been present at MCC for a long time. This year, the two-week camp has 674 students, which is up significantly from the first College for Kids.

"It started way back, just kind of a small summer program," Thompson said. "And then kind of fell off for a while, and then right now, the way it has been about 12 years, and I have actually been doing it 8 years."

The program looks different every year as the organizers of College for Kids try to keep classes relevant to what kids want to take.

"Each year, we just kind of see what's popular and what's not from our numbers from each class," said Thompson. "And so each year we try to rotate some off and then bring in some new classes."

College for Kids is always held the first two weeks each year.

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