PARKERSBURG - College isn't just for adults anymore.
This summer, children ages 8-12 can spend a week at West Virginia University at Parkersburg where the school is launching its inaugural Kid's College program.
Debi Lockhart, Kid's College coordinator, said the program is a sampler to get kids comfortable with a college campus.
Debi Lockhart, coordinator of the Kid’s College program at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, prepares classroom and project materials for the program, which will run for two weeks in June. (Photo Provided)
This is to expose them not just to programs, but facility-wide, Lockhart said.
"Studies say this is the number one thing you can do: to expose kids to a college campus early in life," she said.
Lockhart said children can attend one or both weeks of classes, which will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 17-20 and June 24-27. Registration closes June 12 and the registration fee is $100 per child per week.
Kid's College will expose 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 complete list of classes includes:
* Can You Dig It!
* Kids in Motion
* Hand Building with Clay
* Throwing on the Potter's Wheel
* Teaching and Learning Styles
* Kids Gardening Adventures
* Sign Language
* Culinary Cooking
* Reading/Book Club
* Introduction to Spanish
* CPR Certification
* Cultural Exploration
* Nature Exploration
Children can choose up to four classes per week. The daily schedule includes class, lunch and daily physical activity.
Lockhart said officials brain-stormed for ideas for classes. Instructors are educators already on campus, as well as Wood County School teachers on summer break.
Lockhart said officials are limiting the college to 100 kids per week and about a dozen kids per class.
"We want to build that small, close relationship in class so the teachers are getting to know them and they are getting to know the campus," she said.
Lockhart said officials are already working on next summer's slate of college courses.
"Next year, we will try to open it up to a variety of child community resource areas," she said. "We want to help them in every way getting a mind-set for college."
For class descriptions and to download an application, visit www.wvup.edu/KidsCollege.