Waldo County Tech Center Completes Pilot Session of Career and Tech Education Summer Camp


BELFAST – The Waldo County Technical Center has just completed its pilot summer camp session on careers and technical education. The camp took place on the WCTC campus for the last two weeks of July. About thirty campers took part.

The camp had five programs for middle school students in Waldo County. In fine woodworking, led by WCTC building instructor Rich Benedict, campers made lamps, cutting boards and icing knives.

In the Culinary Arts, led by Jackie Boulay, WCTC Culinary Instructor, campers enjoyed learning how to make lots of sweet treats, as well as providing snacks and hot meals for all campers and staff. Malaki Maker, a seventh grader at Liberty’s home, thinks he would like to be a chef someday and is considering taking the WCTC Culinary Arts program in high school.

Jeremiah Johnson, WCTC IT Director and Computer Careers Instructor, led applied computer engineering, where campers designed and printed 3D models, programmed and piloted robots, and flew drones.

Gilman Russell, who teaches automotive / composite collisions at the WCTC during the school year, has been working on carbon fiber composites. Campers made epoxy molded paper weights and were able to create and paint their own boogie boards.

In the outdoor recreation arena, leaders Nancy Zane and Chris Kein taught campers the art of outdoor cooking, baking everything from cinnamon buns to upside down peach cake and pizza. They also hiked Mount Bald Rock, canoeed at Freedom Pond and Megunticook Lake, competed in relay races, and learned how to start a fire with flint and steel.

These experiences allowed campers to learn more about careers and technical education while having fun in the summer with their peers!


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