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21st Century/ STEM/ Med Camps Offered this Summer

21st Century Camp Prepares Student for Community Involvement

Gadsden State will host the sixth annual 21st Century Camp this summer, July 15-20. The camp will give participants fun, exciting

opportunities to develop character and leadership skills through hands-on challenges, team-building games, and personal experience. This free camp begins July 15 and concludes July 20.

Students will spend six days and five nights preparing to give back to their communities throughout the upcoming year. All activities are designed to prepare participants for tutoring with the 21st Century programs.  The camp is funded by a grant from the State Department of Education in cooperation with Auburn University.

Arledge Center Director Pam Clough said that the focus of the camp will be connecting with the community by practicing the 4 R’s “Reduce, Recycle, Reuse, and Respect”.  Participants will visit the Alabama Power Steam Plant, Gadsden Water Treatment Plant, Noccalula Falls, Terrapin Creek—where they will kayak downstream, Turkey Creek—where they will collect environmental samples, and they will tour the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham Southern College.

Each participant will be asked to serve at least 40 volunteer hours over the next year in one of the 21st Century programs within the local school system.  Participants should be from the state of Alabama.  There will be a total of 30 participants. The camp is free, but a $15 pre-registration fee is required. All registration packets must be returned by June 15. For more information, contact Pam Clough at 256-549-8462 or


 5th Annual Summer Med Camp

Gadsden State offers an introduction to careers in the medical field this summer with the fifth annual Med Camp, July 9-12 at the Valley Street Campus.

The camp is designed for students entering grades 7 – 9 who are interested in learning more about medical occupations. Rita Jones, outreach/enrollment coordinator for the Valley Street Campus, said, “Med Camp introduces students to all the medical fields Gadsden State provides training for, including surgical tech, emergency medical responder, radiology and other fields.”

The camp is free and ten students will be accepted to participate in the program. These students will engage in critical thinking and teambuilding activities throughout the week-long camp and attend several breakout sessions.  They will participate in hands-on sessions in a variety of fields, ranging from catfish and fetal pig dissections to resume writing, career building, athletic and therapeutic massage training, an infection control seminar, and clinical laboratory training.

Students will spend a day at the Quality of Life Healthcare Complex where they will meet health care professionals and have the opportunity to talk to them one-on-one about the medical field. Jones said students will learn about specific aspects of health care, including the non-health related careers that are essential to delivering health care from people currently in these professions.  In addition, students will learn what courses of study they need to pursue to prepare them for those fields. “They will get a wide variety, not only of exposure to medical professions, but also encouragement and information about preparing for those professions,” Jones said.

After completing camp sessions, students will develop a PowerPoint presentation based on what they learned from the camp and how they feel it has prepared them for their future.

The camp is funded through the Title III “Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program” grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information about Med Camp or to register contact Rita Jones at 256-549-8681 or For information about the HBCU Title III Program contact Tarva Vaughn, program director, at or 256-549-8674.



Juniors and seniors from area high schools will attend the seventh annual Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing (CARCAM) sponsored STEM Camp, June 18-21, at the Ayers Campus of Gadsden State Community College in Anniston.

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and the camp is part of CARCAM’s Student Career Pathway Initiative. The goal is to encourage interest and prepare students for jobs in the high-tech automated manufacturing industries in Alabama. During the four-day camp, students will attend classes and complete hands-on tasks in various technical programs and tour the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance.

“Through STEM Camp, students explore many diverse technical careers and experience real-life applications of math and science principles through hands-on learning,” CARCAM Director Beverly Hilderbrand said. While they are at Gadsden State, participants will spend time in various technical programs such as electronics, industrial automation, automotive manufacturing technology and welding. Students will have a specific, hands-on project designed by instructors and will leave the class with the item he or she has made. They will build and test robots to demonstrate the principles they have learned during camp. The Gadsden State Career Coaches will facilitate this camp for the high school students.

“We want students and their parents to be aware of the many high-wage, high-demand technical careers which are available throughout Alabama,” Ms. Hilderbrand added.

For more information about CARCAM or STEM Camp, contact Beverly Hilderbrand at 256-439-6871 or


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