Wednesday, June 16, 1999
Camp lays new career paths
BY BERNIE MIXON
The Cincinnati Enquirer
SHARONVILLE With a mix of bricks and mortar, Christina Turner and Tia Oldfield were on their way Tuesday to experiencing a taste of a mason's life.
The exercise was just part of a weeklong program at Scarlet Oaks Career Development Campus to expose students to different fields and to spark their interest in vocational education.
More than 1,100 students from schools in Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Hamilton and Warren counties are participating in similar camps this week at 11 sites.
The emphasis is on careers in technology and the importance of math and science skills. The students also will receive information about labor market trends.
This is a way to expose them to some options and to some nontraditional careers, said Jean Ciancio, spokeswoman for Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development, which operates the Scarlet Oaks Career Development Campus.
The camps offer activities in career planning, introduction to career and educational options, goal-setting and decision-making.
A big part of the camp is the hands-on experience in business, construction, electronics, health and manufacturing technology. A college visit and an industry visit are also scheduled.
This is the age to start getting students interested in vocational education. They are getting ready to go into high school. Their minds are still open, said Rodney Dunaway, coordinator for the Scarlet Oaks camp.
Students who have been involved in vocational education are interested in the business and computer-type stuff, he said. There is lack of interest in construction and machine trades.
Rick Davis, masonry instructor at Scarlet Oaks, said masonry workers are in high demand.
It's not the back-breaking thing it used to be, Mr. Davis said.
Before participating in the high-tech camp, Christina Turner had her share of brick-building when she built a house for her dog.
Christina, 16, a ninth-grader at Norwood High School, decided to participate in the high-tech camp because it was a good way to see what I can do and a good way to stay out of trouble at home.
Often a spectator when her father would do brick work, Tia Oldfield, 14, also a Norwood High School freshman, said she now has a new trade.
It is something new to learn, Tia said. My dad does this kind of stuff. I can help him now.
Computers also are part of the camp.
Darlene Dunaway, business technology instructor at the tech camp, taught students the basics of using a digital camera.
Josh James, 14, a ninth-grader at Winton Woods, said the tech camp has helped him to find out what I wanted to do when I get older.
100 today, and still going strong
Love to face death penalty
CAC named for Rosenthals
City manager's job future hinges on evaluation
Suburban struggle: Where to find child care
Child-care ideas span the state
Air Care choppers won't fly in thick fog
Teen shot in argument over $2
Airport growth on hold
Budget gains a new chunk
Computer files bring indictment
Drug chief spared DUI conviction
Fairfield teen will meet with president in July
Luken's learning curve leads back to politics
Reforestation planned for preserves hit by tornado
Translator bridges gap to refugees' new world
Don't let summer scratch and burn
Survey: Men more reluctant to see doctor
Vibrations can be good for healing
Workshop helps Flying Cloud dancers top off their vintage attire
GET TO IT
Area governors urged to cooperate
Boone fights ozone testing
Camp lays new career paths
Councilman charges police harassment
Donors honored for remembering charities
Effort to help families gets $529,000
Housing project problems heard
Jacksonburg revels in its size
Job draws lawyers from area, abroad
kids taken from dead boy's home
Lakota forms maintenance plan
Mason will pay township $71,000 tab
Perfect attendance reflects student's will
Proposed housing, runway raise concerns
Shores' litter targeted in 11th River Sweep
Wayne schools selecting chief