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Kids get preview of college at Ivy Tech

By James Boyd 331-4307 |
July 7, 2008

From guitars and picks to camera clicks, dozens of area students are getting the chance to go to college this summer at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus.

The vast majority are from the Monroe County Community School Corp., and they are partaking in Ivy Tech’s College for Kids program.

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For the first time, the school partnered up with the city of Bloomington’s Parks and Recreation’s Kid City program to give three weeks of learning to kids 11 through 14.

A recent week included guitar lessons, emergency medical science, model rocket building, journalism and courses on Alaskan adventures. Other programs include game development, where students create their own video games, Photoshop and other digital areas of study.

“We love to get the kids on campus and get them more familiar with Ivy Tech, and their parents more familiar with Ivy Tech,” Kelley Gardiner, project manager for Center for Lifelong Learning, said. “They might think of it as a future option. We also like them to have fun and see what we do around here.”

Students worked their way through a few songs on the guitar one Friday morning, listening to songs they had brought in on CDs and iPods. Adjunct faculty member John Mead patiently taught about 10 students how to tune guitars and play a few chords, and then demonstrated how to play some of the songs the students wanted to learn.

Upstairs, a group of four students were looking over their first newspaper, the “Qwerty Times Chronicles.”

“We interviewed a couple of different classes,” Olivia Horowitz said.

“Yeah, we walked in and we had questions down on a notepad, and we’d ask them and they’d give us the answers and we put it in an article here,” Jake Babcock said.

The hardest part of putting a newspaper together?

“The editing,” Amanda Brooks-Kelly said. Finding a way to decide what to put in a limited amount of space proved challenging, too.

“We needed it to all fit, and getting everything to just work in,” Brynn Parkinson said.

Parkinson wrote the paper’s lead story, recounting her visit to the emergency medical demonstration class.

Gardiner said the three-week program has been a tremendous success. The final week begins today, but spaces for those classes have already been filled up.

“Next year, we’ll distribute brochures through schools, so in May or late April, look for your kids to bring home a brochure.”

Gardiner can also be reached at 330-6041 if you want to be put on the program’s mailing list.