Kids at College Program Takes Virtual Learning to New Level

A child attends a virtual summer camp
Ethan, 10, learns Javascript while participating in a virtual summer kids camp via computer.

Baytown, TX – With community gatherings canceled, sports leagues sidelined and play dates nowhere in sight; many parents were left wondering how to keep their children engaged and entertained during the long summer months of the pandemic. The solution for several local families was the Lee College Center for Workforce and Community Development Kids at College summer program.

This summer, Lee College teamed up with Black Rocket, a national leader in tech education, to offer students virtual summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Camps.

Families were able to choose from a wide variety of cutting-edge courses with topics like coding, game design, eSports, virtual reality and more. Each week top teachers led students in live group classes, and then students convened into smaller breakout sessions with customized learning coaches.

As a bonus, Lee College offered $100 scholarships for up to three classes per student thanks to a generous gift from a local donor earlier this year.

Estefana White from Anahuac said the classes were a huge help for her family this summer, and thanks to the Lee College scholarship, her 10-year-old son Ethan was able to take three classes instead of one.

“We were so grateful for these classes, and the scholarship made it even better,” said White. “It was a big relief for us as parents to have something that we knew our son would enjoy learning about, but would also keep him engaged over the summer. These were the first STEM-related classes he has attended, and they really boosted his motivation to learn more.”

Thirteen-year-old Ciera from Baytown also completed three classes in Python programming, coding and JavaScript. Because Ciera aspires to be a software engineer when she grows up, she was excited to learn how to design video games and explore different programming languages first-hand.

Ciera’s mother, Billie Baker, believes the Kids at College program has started preparing her daughter for a successful STEM career.

“The earlier kids are exposed to these types of programs, the more comfortable they will become,” said Baker. “If kids can have direction and learn about technology at a young age, I believe they will have a better chance to succeed.”

From fine arts to creative writing to sports, Baker said she has always been impressed with Lee College’s wide variety of summer courses offered for kids. She said this summer was no exception with Lee College providing access to high-caliber classes that are typically more expensive on other learning sites.

“Not only are these classes an affordable and effective way for our kids to explore technology, but it helps them feel connected with a local college and gets them thinking about actually going to college one day.

“The pandemic has taught us that we need to learn the technology; you never know what’s going to happen. The Kids at College program establishes an easy pathway that can lead kids to career and academic success,” said Baker.

There is still one week remaining in the Summer 2020 Kids at College program, and the Lee College Center for Community and Workforce Development is planning a full list of virtual learning opportunities for Fall 2020 as well.

“The Kids at College Program provides an important outlet for children to learn while doing activities they love,” said Katherine Norland, Kids at College program manager. “We love hearing about the fantastic experiences our students had during our online summer courses and anticipate more amazing stories with the fall online learning opportunities.”

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Lee summer camps keep kids engaged

Registration is now open for the 2019 Kids at College Summer Camp Program offered by the Center for Workforce and Community Development at Lee College. The Program offers children ages 5 to 17 an opportunity to meet new friends, discover new interests, and create memories of a lifetime.

Lee College encourages parents to register their child(ren) for any of the hands-on, educational, creative, or athletic camps offered in both Baytown and Liberty, TX. Camps will run June-August and include creative arts and crafts, cooking, gaming, sports, technology, special interests, and more.

“The 2019 Kids at College Summer Camp Program is a wonderful opportunity to keep children active and engaged,” said Dr. Angela Oriano, Vice President of Workforce & Community Development. “Each camp is an adventure that offers personal growth for our community’s youth. Our campers walk away with new skills, increased confidence, and more independence that stay with them throughout their lives.”

Parents and guardians can view the complete list of course offerings through the 2019 Summer Camp Guide available online at www.lee.edu/kids or in-office at 909 Decker Drive, Baytown. The Guide provides parents with all the information they need to decide on a summer camp including descriptions, camp dates/times, locations, and pricing. Camps vary in dates, start/end times, and prices to allow parents to find a camp that fits their schedule and budget, along with their child’s interest.

New this year to the Baytown location includes Extended Care — a supervised childcare program for students enrolled in a morning and/or afternoon Kids at College Summer Camp. Extended Care is available Mon.-Fri., June 3-Aug.2, for the low cost of $25 per week or $175 for the entire summer (excluding the week of July 1-5, 2019). Parents can take advantage of child drop-off 8-9 a.m., supervised lunch 12-1 p.m. (child provides own lunch), and child pick-up 4-5 p.m.

In addition, the Center for Workforce and Community Development will offer Rebel Date Night June 22 and July 20. Parents may drop off and pick up their children (ages 5+) anytime between 5-10 p.m. for just $26 per child. Students will enjoy a fun evening of movies, games, and crafts while parents enjoy their own fun night out! Registration is required.

For more information or to register your child for a summer camp, visit the Kids at College website at www.lee.edu/kids or call 281.425.6311.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 15 school systems. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Lee aims to keep kids active and engaged this summer

BAYTOWN, TX – The Center for Workforce and Community Development at Lee College is offering summer camp programs to give kids and teens an active, engaged, and healthy summer. The Kids at College Summer Camp Program offers children ages 5-17 an opportunity to meet new friends, discover new interests, and create memories for a lifetime.

Lee College encourages parents to register their children for any of the hands-on, educational, creative, or athletic camps offered in both Baytown and Liberty, Texas. Camps offered will include creative/art courses, career exploration, brain training, teen courses, sports, and more.

“The 2018 Kids at College Summer Camp Program is a wonderful opportunity for children to keep their bodies and minds active,” said Angela Oriano, Ph.D., Vice President Workforce & Corporate Partnerships. “Each camp is an adventure that offers personal growth for our community’s youth. Our campers walk away with new skills, increased confidence, and more independence that stay with them throughout their lives.”

The 2018 Summer Camp Guide is now updated with new camps and available online for viewing at www.lee.edu/kids. The guide provides parents with all the information they need to decide on a summer camp, including descriptions, camp dates/times, locations, and pricing. Camps vary in dates, start/end times, and prices, to allow parents to find a camp that fits their schedule and budget, along with their child’s interests.

Some popular camps from last year scheduled to return for 2018 include Art Extreme Camp, Culinary Arts, Creative Writing, Fun and Funky Clay Creations, Volleyball, and Basketball. Many new camps will be available including Advanced 3D Video Game, Healthy Me, Little Code-a-Pillar, Virtual Reality: The Future is now, and Vision Board Fun, just to name a few. New this year to the Baytown location is Camp Z, a zombie-inspired kids’ camp complete with science experiments, creative writing, arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, a live-action zombie hunt, and more.

For more information or to register your child for a summer camp, visit the Kids at College website at www.lee.edu/kids or call 281.425.6311.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 15 school systems. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

EnergyVenture Camp Invites First-Time Students to Apply for Scholarships

BAYTOWN, TX – The Center for Workforce and Community Development’s Kids at College program at Lee College is excited to invite first-time students to apply for a scholarship to this summer’s EnergyVenture Camp. With the help of industry partner, ExxonMobil, full scholarships are available to qualified students covering all fess associated with camp activities.

EnergyVenture is an intensive 36-hour week-long day Kids at College Summer Camp designed to help students ages 12-14 years old develop their focus on the energy industry and the career opportunities it holds. The program was developed for young students to learn through fun, hands-on STEM experiments and activities in science and computer labs, in hopes to increase awareness of the good paying, high skill jobs available in the industry.

EnergyVenture Camp will run June 4-8, and July 9-13, Mon.-Thurs. from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. To apply for a scholarship, parents or guardians must bring their child’s Texas School ID, School Report Card, or Progress Report to 909 Decker Dr., Baytown, TX, 77520. Students must be 12 years of age on or before the first day of camp.

“EnergyVenture camp is a gem in our community,” said Angela Oriano, Ph.D., Vice President Workforce & Corporate Partnerships. “The camp helps to foster students along a career path to the Gulf Coast’s energy industry.”

For more information about EnergyVenture camp, visit the Kids at College website at www.lee.edu/kids or call 281.425.6311.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Lee College hiring for Kids at College program

BAYTOWN, TX — The Center for Workforce and Community Development at Lee College is hiring teachers for its 2018 Kids at College summer program, scheduled to run Monday, June 4, through Friday, Aug. 17, at the Lee College campus located at 200 Lee Drive in Baytown. The program was designed to keep children ages 5 to 17 active and engaged in the summer through a wide variety of hands-on, educational, creative, and athletic camps. Camps will include creative/art courses, career exploration, brain training, teen courses, sports, and more.

Qualifications for teacher positions include a high school diploma or equivalent (G.E.D), documented related work experience, certification(s) or associate eegree in the area of study, ability to work individually with diverse ages and populations, ability to act with discretion and maintain confidentiality, and ability to climb stairs/stand/walk/bend/kneel. Applicants with the appropriate credentials and qualifications are encouraged to apply; local applicants are preferred. Lee College is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, or national/ethnic origin.

“This is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates or students interested in pursuing a teaching degree to gain valuable work experience, network with peers, and advance their leadership skills,” said Angela Oriano, Ph.D., Vice President of Workforce & Corporate Partnerships. “We offer flexible work schedules, the ability to team-teach with a colleague, and creative classroom freedom for our teachers, allowing them to really have fun this summer and make a difference in a child’s life.” The Center for Workforce is also interested in new camp ideas from prospective teachers, and encourages anyone with an idea to visit www.lee.edu/kids and click on “Course Proposal,” or call 281.425.6311.

To view the job listing or apply, visit www.lee.edu/kids and click on the link titled “Apply for a teacher position.” For more information, call 281.425.6311.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 15 school systems. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Families invited to learn more about Kids at College summer program at Lee College

Annual Summer Preview Day on April 29 to include registration information, fun activities

BAYTOWN, TX — Families looking to keep their children and teenagers engaged, active and entertained this summer are invited for a sneak peek of the Kids at College program offered by the Lee College Center for Workforce and Community Development.

The third annual Kids at College Summer Preview Day is set for 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 29, in the gymnasium on campus. The fun-filled event is free and open to the public, and will feature hands-on activities, interactive demonstrations and information sessions about dozens of educational, creative, career exploration and athletic camps and workshops designed for youth aged 5-17 years. Camps will run weekly from June 5 through August 17.

Kids at College options include everything from arts and crafts, culinary arts and theater production, to creative writing, private music and voice lessons, gaming, engineering, drafting and design, Minecraft, volleyball, basketball and more. Professional educators, artists and Lee College coaches and student-athletes teach the camps and classes, which will be held at the main campus in Baytown and the Lee College Education Center – South Liberty County.

Parents and families that attend Kids at College Summer Preview Day will be able to register for camps on the spot, enjoy prizes and giveaways and win vouchers to help pay for any applicable registration costs. For more information about Preview Day or the Kids at College program, contact the Center for Workforce and Community Development at 281.425.6311.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.