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Discounted Summer Camps Make STEAM Learning More Accessible to D51 Families
Mesa County Valley School District 51 (D51) middle and high school students can enjoy WCCC summer camps at significantly discounted prices, thanks largely in part to WCCC staff looking for ways to help save families money this summer as U.S. inflation rates show no sign of slowing down. After securing the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (EESER) Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) grant funding, families can now get the financial relief they’ve been looking for.  

WCCC currently has more than 600 students enrolled in 80 summer camps that run through the first week of August, and registration is ongoing. D51 parents who already paid the full camp fees can apply for reimbursements. Over $26,000 has been paid back to local families so far this summer.

All D51 students receive an automatic 25% discount by entering a promo code during online registration checkout. Students who qualify for the D51 Free and Reduced Lunch Program are eligible for up to 80% discounts on unlimited camps by providing a copy of their approval letter and calling the Community Education Center office at 970.255.2800 to receive an individual promo code. In addition, the Mesa County Workforce Center provides free Grand Valley Transit bus passes for students attending the camps.

The goal of the grant is to lighten the financial burden for parents in need of summer childcare, while simultaneously empowering students to get an early taste of the college experience and explore their interests in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) fields.

“WCCC provides these summer camps to help inspire students to pursue careers in STEAM. The funding helps encourage participation and removes financial barriers,” said Director of WCCC Community Education Center Kurtis Armstrong. “All of our summer camps are very hands-on and provide great learning experiences in a fun educational environment and allow for STEAM-related learning using some of the most modern tools in those fields.”

Camp topics include: acting, digital design, film making, first aid, babysitting skills, aviation, auto mechanics, 3D printing, robotics and so much more.

Visit the 2022 WCCC Summer Camp Catalog for details on over 80 camps offered this summer and to register online.

“Many of these students will be first-generation college students and benefit from seeing the college experience,” Armstrong said. “Many of our camps are getting full so it is critical that parents act quickly to get a spot in the camps that they want.”

For more information about applying for reimbursements or registering for summer camps, call WCCC Community Education Center office at 970.255.2800 or email [email protected]

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Written by Hannah Odneal