Summer Classes for Teens

Summer Classes for Teens

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Gaston College’s Summer Camp program features a variety of short courses for teens from age 13 to 18.

The following programs will be offered:

  • A-321 Advanced Manufacturing: (Ages 13-18) Fun, hands-on lab sessions in computer aided-design, machining, and robotics will introduce you to the skills you can acquire through an apprenticeship or a career in advanced manufacturing. You will also tour local manufacturing facilities to see first-hand how these job skills are used in today’s manufacturing industry!
  • Adulting 101: (Ages 16-18) Gear up for becoming an adult by learning basic life skills that all adults should know. This exciting and interactive class will include the basics of car maintenance, balancing and budgeting finances, pet care, job search skills, healthy eating on a budget, and yoga for stress management.
  • Adulting 102: (Ages 16-18) Being an adult is a lot of work! Make it easier by taking our second “adulting” class. Learn important life skills such as how to cook for singles (in a dorm), business communication and etiquette, self-defense, basic fix-it skills, and much more!
  • Build-a-Drone: (Ages 13-15) Get in on the drone craze! Build a drone and then learn its basic operations with hands-on, fun activities. Drone races conducted at the end of the class!
  • CSI (Crime Scene Investigation): (Ages 13-18) Love watching CSI on television? Learn actual techniques behind evidence recovery, crime scene investigation, fingerprinting, suspect identification, and criminal investigation in this interactive camp.
  • Everyone Can Write: (Ages 13-18) Have you ever heard someone say, “If writing was easy, everyone would do it” before? This session will show you how to take the best parts of your life and con­vert them into poetry and prose (and maybe a song or two). You should expect to be actively moving around prospecting for content, and creating a portfolio of various works. Everyone can write!
  • Experiments in Watercolor: (Ages 13-18) Are you a budding artist? Here’s your chance to develop your watercolor painting skills by completing both abstract and representational images while using experimental techniques and materials in watercolor.
  • First Aid and CPR: (Ages 13-18) If you’re considering a career in healthcare or just looking for something to put on a beginner resume, then this is the class for you! Teens will be trained in BLS (Basic Life Support) CPR, First Aid, and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) skills. On the last day, students will take a test to earn certification in these skills.
  • Found It! Introduction to Geocaching: (Ages 13-18) Join the world’s largest treasure hunt! Millions of geocaches exist around the world, just waiting to be found. You will learn about geocaches, what they look like, how to find them, how to log them, and how to safely participate in the adventure-loving geocaching community.
  • Introduction to Digital Photography: (Ages 13-18) Click! Photography can be a hobby or a career-the choice is up to you. Get started by learning how to use various camera controls including: ISO, aperture, and shutter speed and what camera setting works best for different lighting conditions. You will need a minimum 12-megapixel camera (DSLR) that has the ability to change ISO, aperture, and shutter speed, plus a cord or a card reader to connect the camera to a computer.
  • Introduction to Printmaking: (Ages 13-18) This course will briefly introduce you to four types of printmaking: relief, intaglio, lithography, and stencil. During the class, you will create relief prints using linoleum and print your design on a t-shirt.
  • Landscape Painting in Watercolor: (Ages 13-18) Interested in watercolor painting as a new hobby or to start a career? Acquire basic watercolor painting techniques by spending time actually painting landscapes both indoors and outdoors during this class. Learn tips and tricks specific to landscape watercolor painting that you could use to further your new interest.
  • Manners for a Lifetime: (Ages 13-18) Good manners can be the ticket to what you want to achieve personally and professionally by set­ting you apart from others. During interactive lessons, you will learn and then practice in scenarios you encounter every day. Don’t be the person that gets told to “use your manners”!
  • Personal Safety and Defense 101: (Ages 13-18) Being out on your own can be scary, but having the confidence to defend yourself helps you (and your parents) feel more comfortable. You will learn personal safety, awareness, and self-defense, including how to use your body and everyday objects that may be accessible. The session will include hands-on activities to demonstrate techniques and reinforce the lessons.
  • POE (Pieces of English): (Ages 13-18) Poetry? Check! Prose? Check! Discus­sion of common reads? Check! Creating content (writing)? Check! Active learners will touch on all areas of English, in­cluding the many ways of telling a great story.
  • Public Safety: (Ages 13-18) Step into the shoes of a firefighter, paramedic, and police officer to learn what they do, why they do it, and how they do it with interactive labs and scenarios. Career exploration will be discussed for those interested in public safety careers.
  • STEM: Exploring Textiles: (Ages 13-18) Learn how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines are utilized in the modern textile industry by participating in engineering design project teams. Explore career opportunities and understand operations within local textile companies on a day-long field trip. Registrations will only be accepted by calling Jasmine Cox at 704.825.6302.
  • Working Smart: (Ages 16-18) Gain the skills that employers have been looking for! Developed in response to 1,000 company interviews, this program will provide you the work and life skills that enhance employee productivity. Upon completion, you will receive a regionally recognized certificate of completion to be added to your resume! Registrations will only be accepted by calling Carol Faust at 704.922.6521.
  • You Need to Learn How to Act: (Ages 13-18) If you’ve ever had someone tell you this, having a snappy answer delivered with style would have been great! This very rudimentary introduction to drama will include some of the basic terms (blocking, etc.) that will be lived rather than defined.

View the Summer Camp Brochure


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