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Staff Photos / R. Michael Semple Student William McCormick, 17, of Mineral Ridge, participates in summer equestrian enrichment camp at the Trumbull Career and Technical Center in Champion. Here, McCormick tends to a former racehorse, a standardbred male.

CHAMPION – Students in grades 7-9 recorded videos, designed video games and more during a four-day career exploration camp offered at the Trumbull Career and Technical Center.

Morgan Cretella, community engagement coordinator at TCTC, said students can spend a week or a day and gain real-world experiences in multiple career paths.

“We allowed them to follow different career paths and see different career fields. Each day there were between four and six courses to choose from. They can see if something they are interested in is right for them. This gives them the opportunity to gain hands-on experience. said Cretella.

She said that in the past, the camp had students attend the same program for multiple days, but this year they could choose a variety of career programs each day.

Although the camp was offered in previous summers, new sessions have been added, such as “YouTube Star” in multimedia, during which participants learn how to create a YouTube channel. In visual design, students learn how to design a logo and in web design, students design their own online video game with the ability to play the game at home.

Guy Sewell, 14, who is entering ninth grade at LaBrae, said he loves video games and loves being able to create online. He said he also took the Photoshop course where he created images and used text for an online image.

“It allowed me to be creative and see what creating a video game entails”, said Sewell.

The teenagers also had the chance to work with animals as part of the equine program.

Lisa Street, an equestrian studies program instructor at TCTC, said the students learned about grooming and caring for a horse, driving a horse, and driving and riding a horse.

Hubbard’s Anastiya Costello, who will be in 10th grade, said she has been horseback riding for a few years and enjoys being able to bond with the animal while working with it.

“It’s been a lot of fun being here and working with the horses. It’s a new experience,” she says.

Warren’s Hayley Koniowsky, who will be in ninth grade, said she was looking for a career program involving animals.

“I’ve always loved horses and when I saw this program, I was interested. Learning to ride a horse was interesting,” she says.

Champion’s Kacey Boles, who will be in eighth grade, said she took the Equestrian Program course, the Adobe Photoshop course and the Nursing Blood Draw.

“It gives me an idea of ​​what I might want to do when I’m older” she says.

Next week, the center will be offering a manufacturing camp for local youth to get a taste of fields such as engineering, welding and fabrication.

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