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Students receive hands-on career experience at ATEC summer camp

Posted: June 12, 2014 5:01 p.m.
Updated: June 13, 2014 5:00 a.m.

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C-I (Camden, S.C.) Localife editor


The Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) recently held a summer camp for fifth through eighth graders in seven of the school’s programs. According to ATEC Director Chet Horton, this is the second year the school has held a summer camp.

"The whole premise behind the summer camp is to expose kids earlier to what ATEC offers so that they know about it once they get to high school," Horton said. "They can take what they learn here and use it for years to come."

The seven programs offered at ATEC summer camp are agriculture, welding, commercial art, graphic design, PC repair, culinary art and auto collision. According to Horton, there were 16 attendees last year compared to this year’s 48 attendees. "That’s a 200 percent increase," he said.

The camp is $10 for two days and a snack is provided. Each student is asked to rank the programs he or she is most interested in and then is placed into their top four choices. Two sessions are held each day for approximately and hour and 45 minutes each.

"I think the students are having a wonderful time," Horton said. Each session is designed so that students create something to take home with them to remind them of the skills they learned. Horton said that some of the items made included paperweights in the shape of South Carolina with the summer camp logo on it by the welding group, T-shirts with logo by the commercial art group, pastries by the culinary arts group, squirrel feeders by the agriculture group and various other items.

The summer camp instructors and their fields were as follows: Katie Gilson -- agriculture; David Weaver -- auto collision; Derek Napper -- commercial art; Lisa Sweet -- culinary art; Walker Canada -- graphic design; PC Repair -- Jerry Taylor; and Joey Smith -- welding. These individuals are instructors at ATEC during the regular school year, also.

Horton said he’s pleased that the camp has grown in the number of participants and programs offered, as last year only four programs were in place. "We still have room for more growth, too," he said.


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