Summer Career Academies invite students to think about future

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Area high school students can get a glimpse into their future this summer during Macomb Community College’s Career Academies. Each session features fun, hands-on activities guided by experts in the field. They are a great opportunity to get an insider’s look into a career and whether the field is right for them before they commit to future education.

For example, those interested in public service may find the Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS Academy piques their interest. Taught by current and retired officers, students get an in-depth look at the daily demands of the professions including instruction in self-defense.

In the Culinary/Pastry Arts Academy, it isn’t about hot dogs and hamburgers. Working with master chefs, participants learn the secrets of making gourmet meals. One of the best parts is they get to eat them too.

Students won’t be playing games but inventing them in the IT Gaming Academy, with each participant designing their own game. They’ll get a sense of the type of creative and technical skills required and how those skills can apply in other areas.

Other academies include Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Veterinary Technician, Media and Communication Arts, Robotics, Computer Programming, Biotechnology, Writing for the Future and Experience Apprenticeship.

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Students who attend either the Law Enforcement or the Veterinary Technician academies are eligible for college credit for their work. Early registration is encouraged. The minimum age to participate is 14, except for the Public Service Academy, which has a minimum age of 16.

By the end of each academy, students will not only have had fun, but will also have a better understanding of a career field. Even if they decide a particular career is not for them, they will have made an informed choice about their future. For more information about Macomb’s Career Academies, call (586) 498-4008 or download the brochure here.

 Sean M. Patrick is the manager of media relations at Macomb Community College.

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