“Our summer camps are academic in nature, so kids are learning new things in a creative environment,” said Michelle O. Girage, program director.
Summer University began in 1985. The tradition continued in 2012 as nearly 700 students swelled the KSU Center at 3333 Busbee Drive for a summer of interactive learning fun.
This year, new classes include Creating Your Own Web Page, Dynomite Dinosaurs, Baking for Teens, and MS Office. Returning classes include Improv for Kids, Art & Nature, Blast Off with Rocket Camp and Comic Book Art and Manga.
“SummerU at the College of Continuing and Professional Education allows kids to think creatively in many different fields. It truly is the smart place to be for summer,” Girage said.
The Chet Austin Teen Leadership Academy will make its debut this summer. The addition focuses on a wide range of issues including self-esteem, team building, social etiquette, cultural differences and more. Barbara S. Calhoun, dean of the College of Continuing and Professional Education, will facilitate the course.
“I have a passion for training young people to develop to their full potential,” Calhoun said. “I think education and the exposure to business leaders will inspire and open the door of opportunity to the future for each young life we touch with the Chet Austin Leadership Academy.”
So, who is Chet Austin? The academy’s namesake served as the CEO of Tip Top Poultry. A.L. Burruss, Austin’s longtime friend, served as president of the company from 1954 until his death in 1986. Austin retired in 1999 and established the Al and Chet Education fund in 2005 that has greatly benefited the college.
“Our youth are always so excited to come spend the summer with us. They are glowing when they walk in the first day of camp and have tears in their eyes when they leave at the end of the summer. This is their home away from home,” Girage said.
Sessions are June 3 to 7 for grades 7 to 12 and July 22 to 26 for grades 6 to 9. Class times are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parents can drop their kids off beginning at 8:30 a.m. Extended care is available through 6 p.m. for an additional fee. All campers will wear identifying wristbands. They will also receive a special SummerU-themed T-shirts. Instructors and assistants are all CPR-trained.
For more information on registration, prices and class schedules, contact Girage at (770) 499-3340 or mgirage1@kennesaw
.edu. Learn more online by visiting www.summeru.com or Facebook.com/Summer