Beginning its fourth year, the program’s mission is to bring a high-quality enrichment program to future college students. Students in grades four through 12 once again have the opportunity to participate in a unique experience on Maui that includes fun classes, campus field trips, and the opportunity to preview the college experience and begin dreaming about life after high school.
Classes meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include regular breaks, time outside “on the green” and lunch at Laulima’s lobby—usually while playing an intense game of chess. Classes are held during intercession weeks as well as during the summer break.
“As we begin our fourth year, we continue to provide a series of thematic weeks to tickle the fancy of Maui’s students, to wrap them in a new way of looking at information and to let their dreams begin as they find out about the paths of possibilities that lay before them,” said College for Kids Program Coordinator Joanne Doell. “Be ready for surprises!”
Students experienced behind-the-scenes, hands-on tours of the UHMC campus, including an excursion to the Maui Culinary Academy kitchens.
Parents enjoy the “smile factor” as Doell shares what happened during class with daily emails.
“It’s a great way to reinforce new vocabulary, ask questions and enhance the parent-child dialogue—no matter what the age of the student,” added Doell.
By teaching to the whole child, College for Kids/College Bound provides an academic or technology theme balanced with art, music, or dance classes. And, there is always the college lesson, which explores opportunities that exist after high school, different types of colleges and specialty schools, common degrees and the availability of support for tuition expenses.
“Students come from all over Maui and from all types of families—some with parents who have attended or graduated from college and some who have not,” said Doell. “It is a way to experience common ‘college’ vocabulary to go along with the dream or the plan of attending college.”
Three weeks of classes are being offered to students during the Summer 2010 session.
From June 7 through 10, “Fantastic Video Camp—Push Button, Make Video!” offers sixth- through eighth-graders the opportunity to create a documentary to air on Akaku: Maui Community Television in partnership with VITEC.
From July 6 through 9, the college offers fourth- through sixth-graders “Gadgets, Gizmos and ‘Bots—Robots, That is!,” a “techno-week” filled with “Brush’Bot” making, information about robots, robotic careers, kid entrepreneurship, and “Computer Animation, TechnoArt & Warrior Chess.”
From July 12 through 16, “Time, Treasure & Talent—The Buck Starts Here” is offered to ninth- through 12th-graders. The course begins with FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, moves on to money management and using the ’Net for finances, creating your own computer game and interacting with career guest speakers tailored to the interests of the students.
Past themes have included “Save My Maui,” which included a Tour de Trash of local recycling companies, “I’m Smarter Than a 5th Grader” which explored deep searching techniques on the Internet followed by a team competition.
Students will also enjoy walking field trips on the UHMC campus, including Ka‘aike’s audio and TV studios and a behind-the-scenes-tour of the Maui Culinary Academy kitchens. The campus bookstore, library and Learning Center will also give each student a preview of a college orientation experience.