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Making the most of summer!

by Whitney Scott, BEC Counselor/Advisor

Summer Enrichment Opportunities & Work Experience

Summer provides the perfect opportunity for students to gain real-world work experience, volunteer, and/or participate in enrichment programs. Work experience and summer programs allow students to explore their interests, enhance their strengths, practice valuable skills (independence, self-confidence, communication, teamwork, etc.), and begin to build a professional resume.

Students change and grow with their experiences. Work and enrichment programs can help students explore possible career options. Students can learn about the expectations of various careers, discover what they enjoy (or don’t enjoy!), and narrow down their future career choices. Making the most of summer through work experience or summer enrichment opportunities provide students with a great opportunity for a successful and happy future!

Here are a few summer opportunities throughout Oregon:

VIRTUAL MEDQUEST Info: Find your future in healthcare! Campers will receive a stethoscope, suture kit, supplies to engage in camp, and mentorship! Where: Hybrid Model (Zoom & Google Classroom) When: June 20-23 Grade(s): 9-12 Cost: $50 (scholarships available) JUMPSTART Info: Students work in art, design, music, and theater labs, attend evening presentations by guest lecturers and artists, and participate in multi-disciplines events. Where: Corvallis, OR When: June 27-July 1 Grade(s): 9-12 Cost: $400 tuition (scholarships available) FIRE CAMP Info: This two or three-day camp provides young women the opportunity to experience the unique aspects of being a firefighter in an all-female environment. Learn about nutrition, physical fitness, interview skills, and more! Where: Portland, OR & Sherwood, OR When: July 8-10 & July 15-17 Age(s): 16-22 Cost: Free FBI TEEN ACADEMY Info: High School sophomores and juniors get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI. Topics include terrorism, cyber crime, public corruption, polygraph exams, evidence response, SWAT, and the day-to-day operations of a typical FBI office. Where: Salem, OR When: July 11-15 Grade(s): 9-12 Cost: Free SUMMER TRANSPORTATION CAMP Info: Receive an immersive introduction to transportation careers and the workings of transportation systems in Portland. This is a one-week residential (overnight) camp! Where: Portland, OR When: July 31-August 5 Grade(s): 9-12 Cost: Free OSU-CASCADES- SUMMER ACADEMY Info: Introduces high school students to life on a college campus. Explore academic and career interests with university professors and experts. Where: Bend, OR When: July 31-August 5 & August 14-19 Grade(s): 9-12 Cost: $675 (Drive-In/Day Camp) $945 (Overnight Camp) SUMMER ACADEMY TO INSPIRE LEARNING Info: High School students learn about various subjects from distinguished UO faculty members through fun social and interactive activities. Where: Eugene, OR When: August 1-5 & August 8-12 Grade(s): 9-12 Cost: Free CTE SUMMER CAMP Info: CCC offers CTE Summer Camps to high school students living in Clackamas County. Activities include Horticulture, Medical Assistant, Makerspace, Music and Film, Website Design, and Welding. Where: Oregon City, OR When: August 15-19, 9 AM- 3 PM Grade(s): 9-12 Cost: Free OMSI Camps & Classes Info: Science, design, adventure and more at locations around the state. Where: Various Locations When: Dates vary Grade(s): K-12 Cost: Cost varies (financial aid available) STEM ACADEMY Info: Week-long programs in science, technology, engineering and math subjects such as robotics, 3D modeling, Microbiology, & Cybersecurity. Where: Corvallis, OR When: Various dates Grade(s): 3-12 Cost: Varies (scholarships available)

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