Local kids attend 'Camp College' for real-life experience

Local kids attend 'Camp College' for...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Western Technical College hosted its 25th annual Camp College Saturday morning where 4th, 5th and 6th graders took part in college courses offered at Western.

For kids like Jack Murphy, who's only in 6th grade, he's already getting a head start on career options.

"I've tried the game of life, which you get to pick a job and then you have a bunch of expenses and incomes that you have to have, so then your goal is to end up with money that you put in your savings account at the end," Murphy said.

From photography, to childhood education and even woodworking, camp college is about showing kids it's never too early to start thinking about the future.

"I think it gives them an opportunity to try a class that maybe it's something they're interested in, to give it a go and see, I really do want to go into that health field, or with the technical education classes in the wood tech area, that is something I really want to do," said Jaime Fortier, a Western Technical representative.

Kids get to choose three out of ten classes and spend 75 minutes in each class learning what it takes to be in college.

The program has inspired more than 7,000 future college students to pursue a higher education.

In its 25 years, the program raised close to $150,000 which helps fund staff development.

Camp College is hosted twice a year in the Fall and Spring and costs $24.00.


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