Mid-State Partners With Boys & Girls Club To Expand Career Exploration
For the City Times
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Local middle and high school students had the chance to explore careers with a special online version of Mid-State Technical College’s annual college camp on June 9, with many additional students participating through a partnership between Mid- State and Boys & Girls Club of the Wisconsin Rapids Area (BGCWRA.)
The summer-themed full-day event included hands-on career exploration with on-demand and live sessions. Although many students participated from their homes in a series of live and recorded videos, this year Mid-State has partnered with BGCWRA to provide career exploration activities to more than 60 of its members across the board. center for adolescents.
“I really enjoy cooking and doing stuff in the kitchen,” said Elsa Urban, 11 and a member of the Boys & Girls Club. “The whole session was fun and I learned how to measure and put the right ingredients to make a brownie in a cup.”
“While members have fun through hands-on sessions, they benefit from career awareness enrichments and strength-based activities,” said Kent Anderson, CEO of BGCWRA. “The Club’s partnership with Mid-State allows members to explore career options that match their interests and skills, right in our backyard.”
Each participant accessed the event virtually from home to explore five career exploration sessions using the materials and tools provided in advance. Sessions included a mental and physical wellness activity with health and wellness instructor Dr. Carrie Jarosinski, brewing shrink drinks while learning the nature of synthetic versus natural compounds in a lesson on polymers, and a lunchtime cooking activity led by instructor The State’s New Culinary Arts Program, Chef Paul Kennedy, among other hands-on activities.
Live sessions included industry experts from the Texas State Aquarium and the National Football League Hall of Fame, allowing attendees to ask questions in real time.
“Going virtual with this year’s college camp gave us the opportunity to extend this opportunity to learn more about career programs to more students across the district,” said Morgan Anderson, Mid-State Outreach Coordinator. “And through our strong partnership with BGCWRA, we were able to provide hands-on experience for club members as they explored Mid-State programs.”
To learn more about Mid-State’s programs and career paths, visit mstc.edu/programs.