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SEEK program for youth begins soon

Transportation Available From Tama

June 4, 2010
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
MARSHALLTOWN (SPECIAL) - SEEK, Summer Educational Experiences for Kids, is an exciting set of week-long programs for kids entering grades 6, 7, 8, and 9 this fall. It is sponsored by Iowa Valley Community College District. SEEK is about channeling and growing inquisitive young minds at this important time in their lives, says Amy Pieper, Coordinator of the program. “Kids will gain opportunities to broaden their knowledge, explore different career pathways, and build confidence, motivation, and personal character.” SEEK is offered in two sessions. Session 1 is June 14-18, Session 2 is June 21-25. Classes are held on the Marshalltown Community College campus. The cost of each camp is $50 per week for one class, or $85 for two classes. Tuition assistance is available by request thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Marshall County. IVCCD makes SEEK available to any co-ed youth in Marshall, Hardin, Tama, and Poweshiek counties, within the targeted age group. Transportation services are available from Grinnell, Tama, Le Grand, State Center, Conrad, Eldora, Iowa Falls; contact Barb Hagstrand to sign up, 641-844-5608. During Session 1, June 14-18 Monday through Friday, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, the camp offered is “Masters of Disaster” presented by the Marshalltown Fire Dept, the Marshalltown Police Dept, and the Marshalltown Paramedic Service, Course #SEK 4000 112. Experience the adrenaline rush when the alarm sounds, whether it’s at the burn building simulator, responding to a dramatized medical trauma, or unraveling the mysteries where a crime has occurred. In this class kids will explore the world of crime scene investigation, emergency services, and fire science. This one week camp gives first-hand training for these fields and their responsibilities. On the last day of camp participants will respond to and manage a simulated disaster involving all agencies. During Session 2 there will be five different classes, and all meet the week of June 21. Interested persons may register for one, or synchronize to take two, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. In this case, students need to bring a sack lunch. The classes are Polishing Tomorrow’s Leaders; Photography; Drawing and Painting; Radio/TV Broadcasting – “You’re On the Air”; and Welding. Polishing Tomorrow’s Leaders will be offered M-T-W-Th-F 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Course # SEK 1500 803. According to Betsy Mackie and George Johnson, facilitators, “Like polishing a diamond, there are many facets that go into making a leader, and each one is important.” While having fun, students will learn skills to become more confident. This one week class will explore teambuilding, communication, trust, problem solving and shared decision making. With the Challenge By Choice philosophy, they will have the opportunity to participate on the Giant Swing and climb as high as they want on the 50’ climbing tower of the Iowa Valley Challenge Course. Photography, with Jan Kostka, Art teacher and Professional Muralist, Course #: SEK 8000 102, meets M-T-W-Th-F, 8:30am to noon. Students will explore and enjoy opportunities to photograph Marshalltown, while engaging the different approaches to composition, lighting, and techniques for successful photography. Participants begin to communicate through photography instead of just taking snapshots. Each day they’ll go to new location with multiple field trips and new subject content. According to Kostka, students can “develop confidence and immerse themselves in a remarkable and unforgettable week while perfecting artistic skills to continue their journey to become a talented photographer.” Classroom time includes daily editing, learning computer skills with Photoshop, critiquing sessions, and one-on-one help. In addition, kids will gain insights and experiences in art and photography, including career development. The equipment required is any digital camera with blank memory stick or blank internal memory, and a flash drive stick is optional. Another offering during June 21st Monday through Friday, 1:00 to 4:30 pm, is a Drawing and Painting class Course # SEK 8000 101. Whether students have just few art skills or many, this class will help them see the beauty of the world around them. They’ll participate on a field trip with a digital camera to capture a variety of images, and then transform them into exciting drawings and paintings. Fast paced and structured to expand the imagination, students will be amazed at what they can create! Instructor and art enthusiast says “Imagine a fun-filled week exploring your creative potential through drawing and painting. Exploring color is an adventure in self-expression and a way to see yourself as extraordinary!” Returning for another year, this popular class offers kids a chance at Radio/TV Broadcasting – “You’re On The Air” Course #SEK 2020 002. Developed by Steve Muntz, MCC Associate Professor Mass Media and Broadcasting Studies, this class meets Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to noon, and will give kids hands-on experience. In this exciting camp learn to operate TV studio cameras, run the teleprompter, work with the green screen, produce your own radio show with music, voice and sound effects. Plus, produce a radio and television commercial. At the end of the week, all participants will take home a DVD copy of the programs produced. In Welding - Metal Creations, June 21, 23, 25, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, Course # SEK 6000 002, kids will make sparks fly this summer. They will learn to cut and weld steel using an arc welder, wire welder, cutting torch and plasma cutters just like the pros. Instructor, John Koch says, “Come ready to create, fabricate and weld.” He will offer various projects, and no prior skills are necessary. At the end of the week projects will be complete and ready to impress friends and family. For this class leather shoes, long sleeves and long pants are required. This class will meet at the new Iowa Valley Community College Welding Lab in Marshalltown.

Fact Box

To register at IVCE 641-752-4645, 1-800-284-4823, or to Registration deadlines are five days prior to the class. Please refer to the course number when registering.



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