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Students Explore High-Wage Opportunities

Some local middle school students are getting to do more this summer than play video games, watch TV or hang with their friends. More than 30 students will attend Career Craze camps at Gateway Community & Technical College in Florence.

"As honorary chair of this initiative, Im thrilled to promote our community and technical college system and encourage students and their families to consider a technical career," said Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, who will visit the Gateway energy camp July 15.

Gateway's manufacturing camp will take place July 8-11 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at the colleges Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Florence. Students will rotate through hands-on activities to explore careers in manufacturing (high-performance production) and learn the fundamentals of lean manufacturing. They will work in teams to solve a problem in the advanced manufacturing sector and present solutions to industry partners and parents.

During the energy camp from July 15-18, students will explore energy careers, learn the fundamentals of an energy audit, and work in teams to solve a problem related to the energy sector. These teams also will present their solutions to industry partners and parents. The energy camp also takes place at the Boone Campus, and the hours are 8 a.m. to noon.

Were delighted to host these camps to give young students an opportunity to learn more about the great-paying career opportunities that are available in the manufacturing and energy sectors, said Angie Taylor, Gateway vice president of Workforce Solutions and Innovations. High-performance production jobs have been identified by local research as one of the top six fastest growing segments in our region.

During a time when many observers question the value of a traditional college degree, these camps can demonstrate to students and parents the tremendous value an associate degree from Gateway can command in the workplace, she added. Local industries are creating the jobs, and Gateway has the programs to provide students with the high-quality skills they need to build a solid future.

For more information about Gateway's Career Craze camps, contact Michelle Flick, 859-815-7617.