Children attend first day of WVU-P Kid’s College

PARKERSBURG – More than 100 youth attended the first day of classes Monday at West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Kid’s College.

The program is designed to expose kids aged 8-12 to a college classroom setting. While officials overcame a few opening-day glitches most everyone was excited and eager.

The college had 112 students registered for opening day. Coordinator Debi Lockhart said all those registered for classes showed up.

Kid’s College exposes students to art, science, reading, languages and other disciplines. Topics range from archaeology and gardening to culinary arts and sculpting. The purpose of Kid’s College is to allow children to experience the college atmosphere through fun and educational activities, Lockhart said.

“The No. 1 way to get kids involved in college is to expose them to college. This is a fun way to get them looking,” she said.

Louis Roy, WVU-Parkersburg’s criminal justice program coordinator, had a class of about 20 students. He spent Monday teaching kids about fingerprints.

Students were able to study their own fingerprints, as well as lift them from a glass. Roy said with the popularity of crime science television shows he wants to separate fact from fiction.

“And get a better idea of what criminal justice involves and what police do,” he said.

Gene Evans, head of the culinary arts academy, had 18 students in a class learning to make fresh pasta. Students made fettucine, rolling, cutting, cooking and, of course, eating it. Evans brought sauce for the pasta.

Officials are hoping to offer more classes and extend the Kid’s College to a summer-long program and include older children.