Continuing Education Division Wraps Up Successful Kids’ College Program
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College’s Continuing Education Division recently wrapped up a successful Kids’ College program, having served approximately 90 children through 10 different classes over the course of two weeks.
Held on campus July 18-22 and July 25-29, this year’s Kids’ College included everything from science-based classes and art to music and acting. Perhaps most successful were the scuba and snorkel academies for children ages 11 to 15 years old.
Ashley Sierant, PCC’s Occupational Extension Programs Coordinator, said the college partnered with Winterville’s Rum Runner Dive Shop on the scuba and snorkel camp. Children who participated in the program spent two days learning about safety and the history of scuba and snorkeling before spending three more in the pool practicing the basics, she said.
“The campers had a blast and got a great understanding of what it takes to become a certified scuba diver,” Sierant said. “Some of the campers intend to take a scuba certification class in the near future.”
Sierant, who helped organize Kids’ College, said children who participated in the “On Stage! Young Actor's Theater” and “Rhythm and Tunes: Glee Choir” camps were able to showcase their acting and musical talents during a performance in the Craig F. Goess Student Center. She said more than 50 parents and relatives attended the event, which took place July 22.
Sierant said “Go Wild!” participants were able to see an array of exotic animals firsthand. She said on the camp’s final day, Greenville’s Sweet Pets brought in a tarantula, scorpion, hedgehog, ferret, guinea pig, rabbit and snake for the children to see.
“The kids really enjoyed being able to see and - sometimes touch - the animals,” she said.