11th Annual Kids’ College at GCCC


Kids’ College 2012 is starting soon at Garden City Community College.

Children from kindergarten through sixth grade, and some at the 7th-12th grade level, can count on summer fun and learning opportunities in the 11th annual series of sessions, according to Jean Warta, business and community education director.

Sessions planned June 18-21 include The Adventure, set for 8 to 11:30 a.m., for boys and girls in grades 3-6; and My Town, gathering 12:30 to 4 p.m., also for children in grades 3-6.

Segments scheduled July 16-19 include My Passport, 8 to 11:30 a.m., for children from kindergarten through sixth grade; and Journey of Discovery, 12:30 to 4 p.m., also for boys and girls from kindergarten through sixth grade.

In addition, the program includes NextGen-Finney County, running 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11-15 for young people in grades 7-12, with support from the City of Garden City and involvement by the Finney County Young Professionals organization.



The cost for a single four-day morning or afternoon camp is $99 per child, or $169 for a morning and afternoon camp combined, with lunch included. The NextGen segment includes lunch and a fee of $169.

Registration for each sessions is necessary one week before the opening day, and camps can take place only with sufficient enrollment.

Information about registration and scholarships is available at the Business and Community Education Office on the top floor of the GCCC Student and Community Services Center, or by calling 620-276-9647. Interested families may also inquire by e-mail at biz@gcccks.edu, or click the Business and Community tab at www.gcccks.edu/businessandcommunity.



In The Adventure, participants will meet local emergency workers, learn to resist peer pressure and escape danger. They’ll also find out about bullying and the dangers of alcohol and drugs, and get involved in activities on the low level of GCCC’s ROPES Challenge Course.

During My Town, children will participate in identifying community challenges, building and managing cities of their dreams, inventing new businesses and focusing on teamwork, Warta said.

Students in My Passport can travel the globe without leaving Garden City, she added, by creating new works of art or re-creating historic images, playing games and sports from Africa, and making scrapbooks of their virtual travel experiences.

In Journey of Discovery, children will explore Latin American and African cultures, learn an ancient form of martial arts that can be disguised in a folk dance, prepare foods that are grown abroad and in the U.S., and gain new insights on history and current events.

The NextGen segment for grades 7-12 involves soft skills for strong careers, plus techniques for achieving goals in life. Members of the Finney County Young Professionals will share insights, and participants will also spend time on the low and high ROPES segment of the GCCC Challenge Course.