College offers summer exploratory programs

From staff reports

Registration is under way for two summer youth programs offered through Rochester Community and Technical College.

The deadline to register is Friday for College for Kids, a program sponsored by RCTC and University Center Rochester. College for Kids is open to children identified as gifted and talented who have completed grades 3, 4 or 5. The program has two sessions. The first is from July 28 to Aug. 1 and the second is Aug. 4 to 8.

Students may sign up for one class per week and enroll in one week or both. Tuition is $150 per child per week. Scholarships are available.

Classes are in the areas of arts and humanities, health and human services, physical sciences and math, technology and natural sciences. A class schedule is available online at; scroll to "youth programs."


For the fifth year, RCTC is also offering Voyageurs Camp for at-risk middle school students. Because of cuts in state funding, the program has been shortened to two weeks, enrollment is limited, and a registration fee will be charged, but it will continue to give youths a chance to explore careers.

The program's funding from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office was reduced from $75,000 to $31,000, according to Colleen Landherr, community and youth program coordinator at RCTC.

Other funding for the program comes from the Olmsted County, a grant from the Staples Foundation and local donations.

This year's Voyageurs Camp, for students in grades 6, 7 and 8, will be June 16 to 26 at RCTC. Enrollment is limited to 125 students.

Students may take two classes a day. Topics include cooking, animals, health and wellness, technology and business.

Deadline to register for Voyageurs Camp is May 16. The cost is $25, but scholarships are available.

For more information about the camps, contact Landherr at 280-3113 or speak with a counselor at your child's school.

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