College offers learning opportunities for kids, too

Published 9:05 am Friday, June 12, 2009

Kids College 2009 at Paul D. Camp Community College is jammed-pack with a broad array of offerings this month through August. Hosted at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center, this summer enrichment series features unique workshops for rising second to 12th graders that are designed to teach new skills, develop new interests and hobbies, and explore future career opportunities.

Following are Kids College classes that start next week (June 15–19):

Safe Sitter Certification (6th-12 graders) is offered three times: June 15, July 16 and Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The best babysitter is a safe sitter. This offering is a medically accurate, hands-on class that teaches boys and girls how to handle emergencies when caring for children.

Safe sitters learn what to do when a child stops breathing or chokes, safety for the sitter, how to call for emergency help, babysitting business skills, basic childcare skills (diapering, feeding, etc), and how to entertain children and keep them safe. Participants take a “walking field trip” to the Children’s Center to practice their new skills with infants through school-age children. Tuition is $70.

Self–Defense for Kids (3rd-8th graders) is scheduled for June 15, 17, 19, 22 and 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. In this class, children are taught a combination of techniques from Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Kung Fu, Muy Thai, Hapkido and Jujitsu. Focusing on crime prevention and awareness, this class is designed to teach students how to recognize and avoid dangerous situations and how to defend themselves against attacks. Tuition is $50.

Road Trip! (3rd-5th graders) is offered four times: June 17, July 8, July 24 and Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Taking a bag lunch, participants travel to The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Olde Towne Portsmouth where the day will feature Olympic gold medalists, a genuine Olympic torch, calling a play from a broadcasting booth, seeing the latest in sports medicine, fitness and nutrition and playing their way through engaging interactive exhibits. Tuition is $25.

Internet Investigators (5th-8th graders) is co-sponsored with the Blackwater Regional Library and offered twice during the summer: June 17 and July 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Whatever kids are into (skateboarding, music, cooking, Ancient Egypt, etc.), they need the facts on what interests them; and the Internet is probably where they are looking. In this offering, participants explore and investigate the online world to find all the facts, graphics and more to help them plug into what they love. They also discover how far they can go when they step beyond the borders of Google. Tuition is $20.

Bienvenidos! Introduction to Spanish (2nd-5th graders) is also offered twice this summer: June 18 and July 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. In this course, students learn introductions, basic information, communications and other everyday words using the Spanish language. Activities and games are used in not only memorizing words but also beginning to think in the language. Si se puede. Tuition is $20.

Computer Gaming (2nd-5th graders) is offered twice: June 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and June 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. Designed for children who love playing computer games and have thought about being able to create their own games, this class introduces the concepts of game design and helps participants develop their own games. In this unique workshop, students learn some basic terminology and are introduced to gaming software. Tuition is $20.

Also offered for 8th to 12th graders are workshops on cartooning: June 18 from 1 to 5 p.m. ($20) and Lights, Camera, Action: June 15-19, June 22-6 and June 29–July 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. ($90) at R&T Digital Studios in Franklin.

For more details on the above-captioned workshops or Kids College offerings that begin June 22 through Aug. 10, visit the following Website:

For information on other options available at PDCCC, call 569-6700 or visit the school’s Web site at