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McHenry County College plans spring break career exploration camp for elementary-age kids

McHenry County College is rolling out an all-new Career Exploration Camp for students in first through eighth grade this spring.

The one-week camp, which will run from March 28 to 31, will offer students the chance to participate in hands-on activities and learn from experts in areas such as horticulture, video production, app development and engineering, according to a news release.

Funding for the camp was provided by a $20,000 Mission Grant from the Community Foundation for McHenry County. The Career Exploration Camp also will collaborate with the college’s Upward Bound program and the Youth and Family Center of McHenry County to hire and train high school students to serve as camp counselors.

“It’s a great program all around,” MCC Director of College and Career Readiness Mike Kennedy said in a statement. “Younger students get to enjoy these unique learning opportunities, and the high school camp counselors will gain valuable employment experience.”

The camp will take place at the college, 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake, and is free for all students. At least 60% of spaces will be reserved for low-income students. A meal also will be provided each day.

“There are many students who would benefit from this type of camp yet cannot always afford the cost,” Kennedy said in a statement. “This grant creates an opportunity for these students to explore different career paths and learn about the college environment.”

More information about the camp will be available in early 2022. Those interested can email readiness@mchenry.edu to receive information as it becomes available.