Students learn valuable career skills at CCIU’s summer career academies – Daily Local

DOWNINGtown—The Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) Summer Career Academies (SCA) are unique from the typical children’s summer camps. They are hands-on programs that allow students to explore careers that interest them in fun and exciting ways. Students have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art technology while learning from experienced professionals in both classroom and laboratory settings.

Throughout the months of June and July, SCA sessions were held at the Technical College High School (TCHS) Brandywine Campus in Downingtown, the TCHS Pickering Campus in Phoenixville, and the TCHS Pennock’s Bridge Campus in West Grove. Students could choose to spend between one and three weeks enrolled at SCA and, upon completing their program, left with new skills and knowledge of career opportunities.

In addition, the SCA program brings awareness to TCHS by giving participants an overview of TCHS offerings and encouraging them to gain skills in what could become future career paths.

“Summer Career Academies are a wonderful opportunity for middle school students to explore career interests while learning about and having fun at TCHS. We are always so excited to welcome these students each year to this amazing experience,” said Andrea Vaughn, SCA – coordinator.

A variety of career programs were available at the 2022 Summer Career Academies.

In the culinary program, students learned the skills necessary to follow recipes, prepare a variety of foods, and prepare delicious meals. The activities included orientation on the use of equipment, baking techniques, instruction in cooking and presentation and more.

Students participating in the Cosmetology program explored the world of beauty by learning the latest hair, skin and nail trends in a salon setting using the tools of the trade. They also learned the step-by-step techniques of manicures, pedicures, facials and hairstyles.

Electronics and robotics students worked in pairs to build a robot using LEGO Mindstorm sets. They also programmed a robot to move and react to solve challenges.

The Health Career Pathways program was a great introduction to students interested in a variety of careers in the health field. Participants received CPR and first aid certifications during the week.

Other programs offered during the 2022 Summer Career Academies included Aerospace Exploration, Animal Science, Commercial and Graphic Arts, Computer Technology, Game Design, Criminal Investigation, Education Explorers, Game Design, #GirlBoss, Home Remodeling, Mobile App Coding, Tomorrow’s Millionaires and VidKids.

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