What makes this year special is that there will be 114 camps offered by either a vendor partnership or by TCC staff, said Emily Richardson, operating manager for the Center for WorkForce Solutions.
The classes are designed to teach children the skills and tools they would need to figure out what career they may want down the line, she said.
Every year the program has been able to add more classes, diversifying options. This year the program has the capacity to offer spots to roughly 1,000 children across TCC’s Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach campuses and at the Center for Workforce Solutions in Suffolk, Richardson said.
The classes are taught by either a professional in the field the class is covering or by a TCC faculty member, depending on what the subject matter is.
A few highlights of the new classes to come on board this summer are 3D Games Labs with Unity, ROBLOX Coders/Entrepenuers, Star Wars Stop Animation, Nutrition and Sports Medicine, App.IO: Make Your First Multiplayer App and Advanced Robotics.
Richardson said the classes are very popular and are split up between age groups.
The camp is open to rising third graders up to rising 12th graders.
If a parent chooses to, they can enroll their child in two summer camps back to back and have them attend one in the morning and one in the afternoon, Richardson said.
A perk of taking summer camp with TCC is that it offers continuing education units the children can add to their resumes, she added.
The children who take TCC’s summer camp classes can learn more about the field and explore the careers available to them, they can find out and say “I can do this,” she said.
Career exploration is a big part of those camps and Richardson believes they are competitively priced as well.
A few of the courses do offer scholarship opportunities and parents can check out which classes offer scholarships by visiting the website, she said.
In the future, TCC is hoping to be able to expand to offer more scholarship opportunities and classes to the kids.
“I never want to hear that this program is the best kept secret of Hampton Roads,” she said.
To learn more about TCC’s summer camps, click here.
Registration is open until the Wednesday before each camp begins.
Camp runs from June 24-28, and then again from July 8-Aug. 16.