Clark State Community College instructor Larry Everett talk about the school’s precision agriculture program with a tour group, including John Carey, Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, center, Wednesday. Bill Lackey/Staff

Clark State expanding college prep program

Clark State Community College is expanding a program designed to give area students a chance to spend time on a college campus.

For about 30 years the College for Kids program has given area students exposure to the college campus. For the first time it is being expanded this year to include teenage students, said Kanesha Hall, STEM programming manager for Clark State. The program, which will serve students in Kindergarten through grade 12, is also expanding to Clark State’s Greene Center in Beavercreek.

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The Greene County site will offer a week-long day camp for students in grades three to five. The program has also been renamed College for Kids and Teens. While many students come from Clark County, the program is open to all area school districts and has seen students from Greene, Miami, Montgomery counties and others.

“We want to test-drive branching out and having a closer site for some of our attendees,” Hall said.

Older students can take courses in topics ranging from pre-medicine to geospatial technology and nursing. Younger students will focus on literacy, nature, music, dance and similar topics. The program offers both class and camp options.

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Classes are two and a half hours per day while day camps allow students to spend most of a day on campus from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. through the week.

The courses are not graded, but encourage attendees to learn critical thinking skills and creativity, Hall said. Instructors include college faculty, as well as professionals from fine arts, business owners, grade school educators and other fields.

“With this being such a longstanding program we’re really excited to revamp it and begin offering it on more of our campuses,” Hall said.

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