By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Education | Issue: May 2009
Staff of the Tulsa Community College Continuing Education program (L to R): Director Marquetta Finley, Administrative Assistant Sheila Moore, and Education Specialist Chris Tsotsoros.
Tulsa Community College has been providing youth and family enrichment summer programs for more than 30 years. The summer of 2009 will be offering 150 different classes in the College for Kids program from June 1 through July 30. Each class lasts for one week, with a new class starting each Monday. Marquetta Finley is the director of TCC’s Continuing Education program, and Chris Tsotsoros is the education specialist. You can see that these two enjoy what they do as soon as you are introduced to them. Both carry ear-to-ear smiles that say, “Helping others is really fun.”
Enrollment for the summer classes is open to children and youth ages 5 to 18. Complete information is available online at www.tulsacc.edu. You may also go by any of the TCC campuses and pick up a brochure with class listings and an explanation of what will be presented.
The following are just a few of the classes being offered this summer:
The College for Kids Bridge Camp prepares children for their next grade level by offering academic enrichment in a focused learning environment. Bridge Camp includes a focus on reading, writing and math. Students participate in group activities, speed drills, board work, and oral drills. The class includes sessions on how to brainstorm ideas, how a story is constructed, and how to properly write a story.
If your child is interested in science, there is a Scientifically Science Camp series. One of the classes offered for two age categories is Rock the Green. In this class, students are exposed to information on how to deepen their desire to think green. They learn about forces of nature, global warming, footprint science, recycling, caring for our planet and more.
The Tulsa GlueDobbers model airplane club and the Continuing Education department will offer the Young GlueDobbers Camp. This is a class for youth who would like to build a model airplane and fly a model remote-controlled airplane. They learn a new skill and gain a new hobby by working in a team setting to build a radio-controlled plane. Students also learn the history of radio-controlled models and the Tulsa GlueDobbers.
Camp M.D. – Medical Detectives explores a wide variety of health careers through hands-on investigations. Attendees even solve mysteries through a CSI approach. This class is new and would be a lot of fun for any kid.
Camp Scrubs – It’s a Guy Thing is for the guys who enjoy guts, glory and problem solving. Medical Apprentice Camp is a great opportunity for students to explore health careers and learn more about health professions beyond doctor or nurse.
At Entrepreneurship Academy, students examine the business world by studying the characteristics of young millionaires and small business owners. Participants even develop a business and marketing plan.
These opportunities are just the tip of the iceberg of all the classes being offered this summer.
TCC will also be introducing additional programs for the family beginning this fall. Topics will include financial literacy for children and youth, social technology savvy for parents, and benchmark test preparation. One new class being offered is Teen Jargon. Do you need a translator to understand what your teenager is saying? This class will be designed to help parents learn their language.
It’s going to be an exciting summer at TCC. Call or visit online today for more information.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.