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Contra Costa high schoolers attend hands-on camp
About 60 students and 10 teachers from throughout Contra Costa participated in the 2011 Contra Costa Engineering, Construction, & Manufacturing Summer Camp, held June 20–24 at Diablo Valley College. The camp blends lectures, hands-on laboratory experience and industry field visits, including a tour of the Carpenters Apprentice Facility.
In camp, students learn about design and engineering, power and energy, manufacturing, and building and construction, rounded out with a Career Exploration Day on the last day of the program.
When they visited the Carpenters Apprentice Facility, the students enjoyed a guided tour given by the regular apprenticeship faculty and Local 152 marketing/field representative Steve Bell, and concluded their visit with a hands-on exercise - building a wooden toolbox. Some students said it was the highlight of the week.
Faculty from Diablo Valley College served as the teachers for the rest of the week, and the camp included an emphasis on work-ready/essential skills, student team projects in robotics, and 1 unit of college credit for the high school students.
Sponsors of the camp included Chevron, Diablo Valley College, Contra Costa County Office of Education and the Contra Costa Economic Partnership (CCEP).