Riverview HS GEAR UP was excited to take students out to the WSU Tri-Cities campus to experience college life at a University. As students were recruited for this summer camp they were pleased to hear they would be attending workshops tailored to their career interests. Some chose Business and others Nursing but there were many options to choose from including Computer Science, Digital Technology & Culture, Education, Engineering (Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical), Environmental Science, Humanities & Social Sciences or Psychology.
Cougar Discovery was very insightful for Finley students; they spoke about how they enjoyed their hands on classes and learned new things about their careers. In the Nursing workshop, a variety of activities were done such as practicing how to take a manual blood pressure and running in place to check each other’s heart rates. There was also a professional panel with registered nurses from different departments and companies. This was a great opportunity to show students that a nursing degree can take someone in so many different directions. The jobs that are available vary and are endless.
One student took advantage about learning more about a career in business and said he got to design a restaurant layout. Students were grouped together and bounced different design ideas off one another. This allowed them to meet new people and learn how to work as a team. The collaborations were very interesting and impressive to see.
On two separate days students were taken on a tour of the Hanford site specifically where the Manhattan Project B Reactor resides. Students were bused over to the facility and given an extensive tour explaining everything about the B Reactor. There was a large collection of memorabilia laid out of how things would have looked during the time the B Reactor was on and working. This was quite the experience because it allowed students to learn about this very significant piece of history. Many took pictures while others just enjoyed the tour and looked around.
As students wrapped up their week of camp, they got to participate in a very interactive presentation on the morning of their last day. This guest speaker was motivational and encouraged students to get to know their peers and communicate. Students were very pleased with their week at WSU Tri-Cities; they expressed how they had fun each day and were excited to return the next day.
Thank you to WSU Tri-Cities and River View High School Principal, Chris Davis, for allowing students to participate in this camp. Students had fun learning more about their career options and meeting new friends from various schools.
As students started their summer vacations they also took the time to participate in the Columbia Basin College Ready for College Summer Camp. This camp was held during the week of June 20th to June 23rd. Students were greeted each morning by staff members and talked amongst their peers just before they were directed to their assigned classrooms. Every day student’s began their day of camp with a quick interactive entry task including playing ice breaker games such as a meet and greet bingo or getting into groups and playing charades. As the week progressed students became more comfortable and interactive with their classmates, some even developed friendships.
There were four main topics that were emphasized, each having their own day. Monday was centered on introducing students to the college life. Students were given quick campus tours and became familiar with the gym and library. After, students were given a presentation about why you should attend college. This presentation included a detailed explanation of the different incomes of a high school and college graduate. Students were shocked to see that a high school diploma on average only earns $16.50 an hour when a college graduate can make $32.60 depending on their degree and employment. Next, students were given activities to help them figure out what kind of learner they were, visual, audio or kinesthetic. According to the University of Illinois, 40 % of secondary students are visual learners while only 10% are auditory and 50% are kinesthetic. Some students were surprised to find out they were visual instead of kinesthetic learners. The activity included students filling out a questionnaire with various questions regarding how they learned best in different scenarios.
Tuesday focused on students planning for their personal life. The day was started by forming in a circle and getting to know each other and as one student would present their partner would follow. The lesson for that day included identifying if self-talk was a positive or negative activity. Students then participated in a class activity where they had to guess each other’s dreams. This was done by establishing SMART goals and placing them on the life board to represent when they wanted to complete them. SMART goals are supposed to be Specific, Measurable, Action Oriented, Realistic and Timely. The life board was used as a reminder of long and short term goals and to see what was required in order to achieve those goals. As students shared, many realized they had many similar goals.
Wednesday was all about self-management. A TED talk video was watched named “The Power of Belief.” The talk was based on procrastination and the many reasons not to be an avid procrastinator. The key to be successful and present quality work is preparation. The Talk also made it clear that trying to cram in tons and tons of information the night before is never beneficial because it is not retained for long term shortage. After the TED talk students were given this fun math riddle that made them think how to get four people across a dark bridge while still following all the rules. Some students struggled but all of them enjoyed the challenge.
Thursday morning students were given six slips of paper where they had to write down three similarities and three differences between themselves and their classmates. They then presented their slips of paper to the class and linked them together forming a long chain. Once the chain was complete, students were taken outside and took a group photo next to the CBC Hawk. Back inside, students began working on their growth poster that they would present that afternoon to their parents at the parent event. A couple of hours later students had gathered in the planetarium to watch a short film about the black hole. CBC admission counselors then presented about the various programs that CBC offers and the pre-requisites that are necessary to enter specific programs. This concluded the week and students were dismissed home and were reminded to bring their parents back to see their posters.
That afternoon, the CBC camp organized a parent event that allowed students’ parents to stop by and walk around and see every ones poster. While walking through the gallery of posters, parents and students enjoyed pizza, cake, cookies and light refreshments. Students were excited as they walked through the doors to show their parents and fellow classmates their posters they had been working on during camp.
Thank you to CBC and River View High School Principal, Chris Davis for allowing Finley GEAR UP students to attend the camp. Students were granted 2 college elective credits for attending this camp and they were all very excited about that. This camp offered students many resources for different aspects of the college life including an introduction to a new academic environment, how to organize a personal life plan, self, as well as time-management and teamwork.
Southridge High School’s GEAR UP took 16 students to the Cougar Discovery Camp at WSU Tri-Cities from June 27th to the 30th. This camp offered insight into several college majors including Engineering, Computer Science, Education and Humanities, to help our students have a better understanding of what career opportunities are available in certain majors. Students had the option to transport themselves or ride on a school bus from Southridge to WSU TC’s campus every morning where we met with other GEAR UP programs. We started each day off in the café and lobby area of the CIC building for registration and sign-ins at 8:30 AM. The camp staff then split the students into groups according to what the student wrote as an interest on their registration packets. Groups were led to different classroom where they got an inside look of the major they were interested in.
Classes were led by college professors who taught in these majors. Interactive sessions of what each major was all about and what career pathways could be found in each major took place in the morning and then students had an hour break for lunch! Lunch was provided every day and students could sit inside or outside. It was exciting to see students make new friendships with other students from different schools who shared the same major as a future option! Students spent the last half of the day learning about career development, high school programs, and listening to panels of guest speakers answer questions about majors and careers. Students also had the chance to tour the B-Reactor at the Hanford tour site! Half of the students went on Tuesday and the other half on Wednesday. It was amazing to see that such an influential piece of history is minutes away from where we live.
A program called FOCUS College Matters Institute was brought in on the last day of the camp! The students were split and rotated between three sessions; Financial Aid, Best Fit and Scholarship/School Search. These were interactive sessions that got students involved through games and discussion. They did a great job of balancing fun and learning. Students involved in the GEAR UP program have heard us talk many times about these topics so it was nice to see it being brought up with a new refreshing approach! We ended the day with games and a camp T-shirt! Students had the chance to spend a week analyzing if their ideas of future plans are a good fit for them or if they should plan a new route. This inside look gave our student a huge advantage in college readiness and brings them one step closer to the next big step in their educational journey!
On June 20 Ki-Be GEAR UP took 8 students to the Columbia Basin College (CBC) Summer Camp. The students arrived at 8:45 am and were greeted at Hawk Central where they received a water bottle and picked out a colored sheet of paper that would assign them to a camp leader based on the color of the paper they chose.
Once the students were paired up with their camp leader they were guided to a classroom, which would be their assigned classroom for the rest of the camp. Once the students arrived at the classroom they were handed a folder that had the required material for the rest of the camp. The students were required to work on the folder as the camp progressed. At the end of each day the students were required to turn in their folder.
The camp was filled with workshops and exercises to help the students understand what college is all about, help the students better manage their time and gain or improve their life skills. There was a workshop on the importance of sleep and how much sleep students require. Another workshop had an activity to help the students determine how it is that they learn best. The camp was also filled with activities to keep the students active and learn ways to communicate what they need, when to ask for help and how it is to work in a team.
One part of the camp focused on career exploration. The students went to the computer lab, filled out a survey to identify their interests and were given suggestions of possible career options. Here the students had a look at how much schooling is required, the job outlook and the responsibilities of the career. The webpage also allowed the students to take a look at their career options that only require a certification, 2 year degree, 4 year degree, Master’s degree or Ph. D. This exercise helped students who were still not sure what they wanted to major in or what type of institution to attend. Overall, it showed students the options and opportunities they have available to them.
One part of the camp guided the students trough process of signing up for classes. First the students went over some college lingo. For example, they learned the difference between a major and a minor, what credits are and what core requirements are. The camp leader explained to the students that community colleges and universities have required course the student have to take and pass. Next the students were guided through the process of choosing their courses. The students learned that they have to meet with their counselor in college to make sure they are taking the courses required for their major and to determine if they are on track to receive their degree.
On the last day of the camp the students worked on a final project and were given the opportunity to attend the Planetarium. Students created a board describing what they learned about college and themselves during their attendance of the CBC summer camp. During the creation of the board the students were allowed to use words, pictures, and drawings to express what they learned. Once the students finished the board, they would had the opportunity to showcase it to their parents during the evening. Towards the end of the camp the students were given the opportunity to witness how amazing the Planetarium is. The students went into the planetarium and were given a presentation on how the planetarium works. The student were also informed that the planetarium also shows movies.
Overall this camp was great for the students to learn more about what to expect when attending college. They learned about the process to get into a college and about what they need to work on as students including their own strengths and weaknesses.
On July 10th, Prosser High School GEAR UP staff took 15 students to Gonzaga University to participate in Washington Business Week. Here the students were kept busy for a whole week, as they learned more about how healthcare and businesses work. Their day would usually start at 6:00 am and end till about 9:00 pm. Students were in workshops for an hour to three hours learning the fundamentals of how a clinic or business office works. The majority of the students we took attended Healthcare rather than business, however we had one student, Kennia Martinez, who attended the Business workshops.
The students who were in the Healthcare week, were divided into different clinics, which required them to work in small groups. In their small groups, each student was given a role to fulfill within their clinic. Each student was responsible for their assigned role, and ensure that their role in the clinic was met. If one student didn’t fulfill their role, it affected the whole clinic. Some of the roles assigned were Finance, Budgeting, CEO, Operator Manager, Marketing, Human resources, and Safety Officers. The students performed their roles, and learned how each role contributes to the clinic. Healthcare professionals assisted the group with their assignment.
“Washington Medical Workers,” was the name of one of the clinics that consisted of 3 Prosser students, Brenda Ixta, Froy Contreras, and Edith Raya. Their project was that they had found the cure for cancer, and they had to figure out how to budget. They had to figure out the cost, the demand for this product, and what kind of profit would they make. This clinic received 3 certificates, Best Memo Score, First Place Overall, and Best Board of Directors Presentation.
“Everyone there was really nice and helpful. This was an awesome experience for me,” Edith Raya exclaimed.
We were very fortune to have taken 15 students to this event! At first, the students were a little homesick, but by the time we had to leave, most of them wanted to stay. Prosser had another individual who was well recognized at the camp, Enrique Acevedo. He was always interacting with everyone at the camp, which is why he was asked to introduce the guest speakers for the ceremony! He also had a small part in the closing speech. He was very flattered to have been part of the ceremony. We also had three students participate in the Talent show. Pablo Vera, Cristyan Zepeda, and Enrique Acevedo performed a magic trick for everyone at the camp. We have a few students who asked to be a representative of Washington Business Week in Prosser! Overall the students had a great time and made new connections with other students their age.