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GRCC summer camps offer students in grades six through nine opportunities to explore careers through hands-on experiences

May 4, 2022, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Students in grades six through nine can explore careers through hands-on activities and tour through a series of summer camps offered by the Grand Rapids Community College Workforce Training team.

Students can learn about careers in public works, construction, manufacturing, wood working and using drone technology in three-day sessions, some starting as early as June 21.

“These camps are a perfect opportunity for students to explore careers, gain hands-on experience, and meet people who are experts in their fields,” said John Van Elst, interim executive director of Workforce Training. “They also are seeing some of the real-world applications for math, science and other subjects they are learning.”

Public Works Camp runs July 26 to July 28, and Aug. 9 to 11, is open to students in grade six through nine and costs $25. Other sessions are for students in grades seven through nine.

Construction camp runs June 21 to 23, and costs $99. Woodworking camp is scheduled for June 28 to 30, and costs $99. Manufacturing camp is planned for July 12 to 14, and July 19 to 21, and costs $99. Drone technology camp runs June 21 to 23 in Grand Rapids and July 19 to 21 at the GRCC Lakeshore Campus, and costs $75.

The Public Works camp includes following water from the Lakeshore to a freshwater plant and a wastewater plant

"Behind every drop of water you use, there is a huge team of professionals dedicated to ensuring your water is safe and reliable,” said Hillary Caron, a chemist for Lake Michigan Filtration Plant. “The Public Works camp will be an exclusive, behind-the-scenes experience showing each step of the water and wastewater treatment processes and the available careers in an extremely rewarding industry!"

All camps have a limited capacity, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Details are available at

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