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Registration Underway for Kids and College; Plus, STEM Boot Camp for High School Students

[Friday, May 3, 2019]

 McHenry County College (MCC) can help you fill your children’s and teen’s summer with learning and fun with MCC’s Kids and College Summer program. Registration is underway for this summer’s programming for students entering first grade through senior year high school.

“Dream Big: Where Creativity and Innovation Meet Summer Fun!” is what MCC’s Kids and College summer programming is all about. Children and teens will have an opportunity to be engaged and inspired in one or several of the summer offerings.  Kids and College offers six weeks of a variety of quality academic and enrichment classes and full day S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) camps beginning June 17 through Aug 8.  Students can attend one, two, or all six weeks. Flexible programming is available, including before and after care to accommodate parents’ busy schedules.

“These quality and affordable programs aim to pique kids and teens curiosity, engage them with new skills and concepts, sharpen critical thinking skills, inspire creativity and maybe even light a spark for a future career,” said Laura Beaupre, Coordinator of College and Career Readiness at MCC.

Back by popular demand—High School STEM Boot Camps for students entering grades 9 through 12 is offered for all six weeks. High school students will learn about some of the most in-demand and fastest growing careers in the U.S. Each week-long STEM Boot Camps highlight the hottest fields, show an educational pathway and give students hands-on experience. Boot Camps include Mobile App Development, Intro to Web Development, Video Game Design, Modern Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship and Robotics. Thanks to a generous grant awarded by Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (NBT), the Foundation of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, MCC was able reduce the cost of tuition for these camps.

“There’s never been a better time to have your high school student explore in-demand careers,” Beaupre said.

Instructors include MCC faculty, certified teachers and support staff who bring their passion and enthusiasm to MCC each day, so each child can experience the joy of learning.

The popular MCC Tech Camps will kick off the summer with Superhero Science and Avenger’s Science Academy on June 17.  Campers during this week will unravel the science behind the supernatural abilities of super heroes and discover how engineers replicate these marvels in the medical field, aerospace, and military.  The following weeks of MCC Tech Camps will bring a different theme such as: CSI: Forensics and Biometrics, Deep Sea Adventure, Minecraft Engineers: Building Sustainable Communities, Maker’s Academy: Dream It, Design It, Build It, Launch It! and Robotics Academy. All campers in MCC Tech Camp will be placed in their age group of no more than 20 students.

New Summer Academy classes include Gadget Girls Innovation Academy, Young Rembrandts: Cartooning, Roblox: Coders & Entrepreneurs, and Lego Robotics. Other popular academic enrichment classes designed to give students a head-start on their upcoming academic year as well as develop new skills: Junior and Teen Reading and Writing Academy, Introduction to Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Digital Media: APP Attack, Intro to Web Design, Computer Gaming Academy as well as Winning Mindset: Fitness and Wellness Boot Camp, and the college’s popular Scot Star Baking and Culinary Academies.

Flexible schedules are available, including one- and two-week Summer Academy classes, offered in both the morning and afternoon with an option to stay for lunch. Before and after care is available, from 7:30-9 a.m. and 3-5:30 p.m. (after MCC Tech Camp), and 4-5:30 p.m. (after MCC Summer Academy).

For cost information or to register, visit For more information, contact Laura Beaupre at or call (815) 8597.

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