Summer teen academies return to MCC

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published April 22, 2015

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP/WARREN — Local high school students interested in certain careers are encouraged to check out the teen academies that Macomb Community College officials are providing this summer.

The academies — which include media and communication arts, biotechnology and robotics — are designed to give students the opportunity to perform hands-on activities taught by professionals in each field. There are two new academies this year: computer programming and apprenticeships.

“Macomb’s career academies give participants a chance to experience a career option and directly interact with those actually working in the field,” Ed Stanton, director of admissions and outreach at Macomb, said in a prepared statement. “They can help a young person get a good sense of whether a particular career path is something that suits his or her strengths and interests.”

The following academies, dates and locations have been scheduled:

• Law enforcement, fire and emergency medical technician: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., June 15-19, East Campus
• Computer programming: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 22-25, Center Campus
• Culinary/pastry arts: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 22-25, Center Campus
• Earn-as-you-learn apprenticeships:  9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 22-25,  South Campus
• Media and communication arts: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 15-18, South Campus
• Robotics: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 15-19, South Campus
• Hybrid electric vehicles: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 22-25, South Campus, no charge
• Veterinary technician: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., June 22-25, Center Campus
• Biotechnology: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., July 6-9, Center Campus
• I.T. gaming: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 17-20, Center Campus

Students must be at least 14 years old. Students who enroll in the law enforcement and fire service academies must be 16. For the second year in a row, AT&T has awarded a $10,000 grant to support the college’s career academies so that Macomb can offer reduced program fees, which are nearly half of what the academies cost in 2013.

According to school officials, the AT&T grant, along with funding from the college’s National Science Foundation-funded Center for Advanced Automotive Technology, allows students to attend the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Career Academy at no charge.

Center Campus is located at 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township. South Campus is located at 12 Mile and Hayes roads in Warren. The address for East Campus is 21901 Dunham Road in Clinton Township.

For more information, call (586) 498-4008.

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