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College camp offers students chance to focus on career, educational goals

Ashley Chavez, 10, of Willmar applies glaze Wednesday to a clay bowl she made during a ceramics class at Ridgewater College in Willmar. The class was held as part of the college's four-day Summer Camp. The camp, which concludes today, was established to provide children with the opportunity to explore their interests and long-term educational and career goals. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

The student population was a little younger this week at Ridgewater College in Willmar, as the campus was the site of the college's sixth annual Summer Camp.

The four-day camp, according to Tribune archives, was established for children in grades 6 through 8 -- particularly minority youngsters -- to explore special interests and start them thinking not only about college but their long-term goals and careers.

"Exposing youth to potential career opportunities will get them excited about their futures," said Tari Niemeyer, who is involved in the camp. "The Ridgewater Summer Camp is a great place to imagine, seek and explore a wide variety of career opportunities."

The events provide numerous fun and educational options, according to a press release. New sessions in Willmar this year include peer T-shirt designing, emergency medical services, ag and art in architecture.

The camp concludes today.

Source: Tribune archives/