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Junior High Summer Institute back for second season

Posted: March 2, 2009 6:51 p.m.
Updated: February 27, 2009 3:58 p.m.
Offering more than the typical summer camp experience, the popular Junior High Summer Institute (JSI) at College of the Canyons is back and better than ever, with new curriculum tracks and activities that are sure to provide students with a fun and engaging atmosphere all summer long.

Available to incoming sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, JSI allows students the option of enrolling in week-long curriculum tracks -- taught primarily by College of the Canyons instructors or field experts -- in areas including art, film, math and science and musical theatre. New to JSI this summer will be tracks focused on animation, 3-D design, teen fitness, young entrepreneurship, lake recreation and much more.

"Last year we created the Summer Institute with two things in mind, to expose young minds to possibilities that may encourage a career path and to provide an alternative to the traditional day-care style summer camp," said Gina Bogna, director of community education at College of the Canyons. "Hopefully this summer we can provide even more fun and inspiration for our local students."

JSI will run Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from June 15, 2009 through July 24, 2009 (no meeting July 3) and will consist of six one-week sessions.

At a cost of $185 per child per week, parents have the option of enrolling their student in different tracks for as many as six weeks. However some tracks may require an additional $15 materials fee.

For working parents an extended care option will allow students to remain at JSI from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day at an additional cost of $60 per child per week.

Also new for the 2009 summer session, JSI will be offering a limited number of need-based camp scholarships. To be eligible students must be currently enrolled in one of the Santa Clarita Valley or Castaic school districts. All scholarship forms and paperwork must be submitted to the College of the Canyons Community and Continuing Education Office for review no later than April 17.


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