Paul D. Camp Community College’s Kids College Makes Debut in Smithfield

Open House will be held May 8

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Kamari, left, and Kenya Rivers design their own shirts during a previous Kids College “Tie Dye Tada!”

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Division of Workforce Development announced that Kids College, a popular summer enrichment series, will be offered at the
College’s Smithfield site for the first time ever this season.
 
“We were able to expand the program into a six-week pilot in Smithfield thanks to a new partnership with Isle of Wight County Public Schools,” said Kids College Director Teri Zurfluh.
 
The program offers unique workshops for students ranging in age from 7 through 18 and will be held on weekdays at PDCCC at Smithfield from June 23 to Aug. 1. The site is located at 253 James Street, where an Open House is scheduled for Thursday, May 8, from 1 to 7 p.m. “Participants will be able to register and meet some of the Kids College staff and instructors,” said Zurfluh.
 
Classes center around the following categories: Arts and Expression; Hobbies and Interests; Science, Technology, Engineering & Math; and Student Success. The goal of the program is to offer area students opportunities to learn new skills, develop new interests and hobbies, and explore career opportunities in a fun, hands-on environment.
 
A variety of workshops and field trips have been planned for both locations this summer. Some highlights in Smithfield include “Gourd-jus birdhouses,” “Ready, Aim, Create! Photography in Action,” Tie Dye Tada!” “From Mind to Body: Introduction to Fashion Design,” “Porkalicious Ham Camp: History of Ham,” “Hooked on Fishing,” “NASA’s Journey into Outer Space,” and “Tech Stars: Harnessing your Web Power.”
 
“We also have two “Kids College on the Go” field trips, where we will be visiting the Jamestown Island archaeological dig and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Museum,” she said.
 
The Franklin schedule will feature some new topics, such as “Horseback Riding Camp,” “Project Butterfly Wings,” “Taste of Japan,” “All the World’s a Stage: Acting & Improv,” “Brick Builder Lab (Lego Engineering),” and “Wrestling Camp.”
 
Participants will also enjoy some returning favorites this year in Franklin. Some of these include “Cake Madness,” “Art Unleashed,” Kayak Kids,” “Safe Sitter,” Tie Dye Tada!”
 
“We are so excited about this expansion,” said Zurfluh. “And as always, Kids College will have plenty of classes in Franklin. Families are welcome to take classes at either location.”
 
The Franklin classes will be held from June 16 through Aug. 8. For more information, call Workforce Development at 757.569.6050 or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development/kids-college/ for a catalog.