CHAMPION - Seventh through ninth graders from Trumbull County schools had a glimpse into different career fields as part of a new summer enrichment program offered at the Trumbull Career and Technical Center.
Paula Baco, program and guidance supervisor, said the one-week summer enrichment career exploration camp included the opportunity for the 45 students who signed up to select from five different career programs - architectural drafting, engineering, visual design, multimedia and teen cuisine culinary classes.
The students were able to gain real-world experiences through the different career tracks during 90-minutes classes each day for one week.
Baco said the teen cuisine class provided the snacks and foods for all the programs.
David White, TCTC architectural instructor, said the students went through two major software packages to make 3-D houses, first on computer screen and using a special printer. The 3-D houses were made using a mixture of talcum powder, super glue and cartridge ink.
He said the students were able to be very creative with the houses they constructed with each student taking a house home by the end of the week.
Landon Glinn, eighth-grader from Howland, said he enjoyed making the shapes on a computer and getting to build them. Glinn said in addition to the architectural design class, he also took the multimedia class, which is similar, and used the computer to create things such as videos with music.
White said while he usually instructs juniors and seniors, he said the younger students had the chance to be exposed to the architectural field.
"They asked a lot of good questions, which I like," he said.
Engineering was the choice for other students, who were able to create battery-operated items.
Brandon Hatfield, a seventh-grader from Lakeview schools, said he wanted to see what engineering involves since that would be the career he wants to pursue.
Mason Glinn, a ninth-grader from Howland, said he had fun in engineering making a tower and a bug that moved with a battery.
"I want to study science and engineering,'' he said.
In the culinary cuisine class, students prepared food for the entire school.
Eric Portzer, a seventh-grader from Lakeview, said he enjoyed baking cookies, making about five dozen for the last day of the program for when parents came to the school.
Kayleigh Rasey, a seventh-grader from McDonald, said she likes to cook and has been making pasta for the rest of the students.
Baco said the final day of the programs allowed students to showcase what they had done during the week for their parents.
"The students can show their parents what they have learned," Baco said.
Current TCTC program staff instructed the classes.
'The main objective is to give students in seventh to ninth grade an introduction to different career opportunities,'' she said.
Baco said the state legislature is getting careers introduced to students at an earlier age as part of Project Lead the Way.
Baco said plans are to continue the program each summer.