By VICTORIA CALDERON
• Leader & Times
With July approaching, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is preparing for their annual Kids’ College.
The Kids’ College has been going strong for 15 years, according to the college’s Business and Industry Director Norma Jean Dodge.
There will be two one-week sessions: session I is from July 14-17 and session II is from July 21-24. Each week will include two class times, 8 to 10 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Registration for the Kids’ College has already begun and will continue until the Thursday before each session starts. For session I, that will be July 10, and for session II, July 17. Each class typically has room for 10 students, except for swimming lessons, which only allow six.
“I do want to stress that, because we get this every year, people wait until the last week and the class their child wants is full,” Dodge said. “So I encourage that they don’t wait until then, that they quickly get their enrollments in.”
Each class costs $35 to attend. Full refunds (minus a $5 processing fee) are offered if a child cannot take the class, but only up until July 8.
Even though the Kids’ College classes have always been successful, the Business and Industry office has had to find ways to keep the program going through the years.
“We have had some issues where we’ve had to figure out how to keep it going,” Dodge said. “We had to increase the cost of the classes last year a little bit to keep up with supply costs.
“We’ve also had some partnerships. High Plains Pizza has been very gracious to partner with us, and we’ve had a couple businesses that have helped sponsor some of the classes as well. So I think the community sees the need and wants to help the kids, and provide that summer enrichment opportunity for them. That’s been really great.”
This year, Rine’s American Freestyle Karate and Sharp McQueen Law Office are both partnering with the college to teach classes: the former will be teaching Karate and the latter will be teaching Law and Order.
There are some exciting new classes this year.
“We are offering Drama: Stage Combat,” Dodge said. “It’s a pretty unique class, that has a lot of boys and even girls excited about it.”
The class description states that they “will cover hand-to-hand combat and basic sword fighting,” but without the injuries that usually come with with these activities.
Other new programs include sign language; a junior lifeguard class, where “they can learn a little more about safety and how to help others that are having difficulty swimming,” Dodge said; a How to Animate Your Dragon class, in honor of the Disney movie “How to Train Your Dragon 2”; a choir class; and a Cake Pops baking class.
“I think a lot of people have already started signing up for that one,” Dodge said of the Cake Pops class. “Our popular classes are our cooking classes, and we only have two. I encourage people who are interested in those classes to enroll quickly, because those always fill up.”
On Thursday at the end of each session, each class period will host a 30-minute Open House for the parents and community. The 8 a.m. sessions will have theirs at 9:30, and the 10:15 a.m. sessions will have theirs at 11:45.
At these Open Houses, the kids will get a chance to show off the skills and knowledge they learned during their class.
“What I look forward to is just that we meet the needs of the kids and they’re excited. If they’re excited, then that means we have had a successful program. And I can see that when we have our open houses, because you can see the kids faces light up with the things they’re doing,” Dodge said.
Following is a list of the classes offered:
• 3D Scrapbooking
• Balloon Magic
• Drama: Telling Stories Using You
• Friendship Bracelets
• Hair Curling and Nail Art
• Love Your Selfie!
• Trash to Treasure Art
• Computer Art
• How to Animate Your Dragon
• Cake Pops
• Cookie Creations and More!
• Crime Scene Investigation
• Law and Order (partner with Sharp McQueen Law Office)
• News Hounds - Kids’ College Reporters
• Introduction to American Sign Language
• Introduction to Music and Choral Singing
• Guitar for Beginners
• Archery: The Basics for Instinctive Shooting
• Challenge Course
• Dance by Holly
• Drama: Stage Combat
• Junior Lifeguard
• Karate (partner with Rine’s American Freestyle Karate)
• Swimming Lessons
• Physics for Kids
• Science Magic Show, and
• Way Cool Science!
More information on the classes, such as instructors and available sessions, can be found by going to the Business and Industry Office’s website at www.sccc.edu/academics/business_and_industry/ and then clicking on the “Kids’ College 2014” link. Questions can also be answered by calling 417-1170.
To register, go the Business and Industry Office on the second floor of the Student Union.