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Students – from Elementary to High School – can Explore STEM-H during Summer Camps at JTCC

Primary Media Contact:
Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on May 15, 2017

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Innovative, creative, cutting-edge, hands-on, and in-demand are just some of the words used to describe career fields related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health care (STEM-H). This summer, rising 4th through 12th graders will have the opportunity to explore their interests and test their talents in STEM-H during a series of camps being held at John Tyler Community College.

For rising 10th through 12th graders, the college has created a series of one- and two-week STEM-H camps. Exploratory Trails in information technology (IT), life sciences and engineering are one week in length and will give students an inside look at these subject areas through hands-on activities and experiments. Those who want a more in-depth look at STEM-H are invited to participate in one of Tyler’s Experience Trails. These two-week camps focus on IT, health care and basic precision machining. All Experience Trails are held in the college’s high-tech labs, and participants can earn an industry certification. Students may sign up for one of Tyler’s Exploratory Trails or Experience Trails by visiting and clicking on the trail they are interested in pursuing.

John Tyler Community College’s Exploratory Trails
Open to Rising 10th – 12th Graders
July 10 – 14
Cost: $110

Explore IT Trail
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tyler’s Midlothian Campus

Explore the Sciences of Life Trail
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tyler’s Chester Campus

Explore Engineering Technology Trail
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tyler’s Chester Campus

John Tyler Community College’s Experience & Certification Trails
Open to Rising 10th – 12th Graders
July 10 – 21
Cost: $220

Experience IT & Earn a Certification
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tyler’s Midlothian Campus

Experience Health Care and Earn CPR/First Aid Certificates
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tyler’s Chester Campus

Experience Engineering Technology and Earn OSHA 10 Certificate
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tyler’s Chester Campus

Questions about Tyler’s Exploratory Trails and Experience Trails may be directed to Cathy Burke, STEM-H Coordinator, at 804-706-5204 or

For younger STEM-H enthusiasts, Tyler is once again partnering with the MathScience Innovation Center (MSiC), which is bringing more than 20 adventure-packed classes to Tyler in July and August as part of MSiC’s Camp Innovation. These camps are open to rising 4th through 9th graders, and are offered in half-day and full-day formats at Tyler’s Chester and Midlothian campuses. For a complete list of MSiC Camp Innovation class offerings, organized by age ranges, pricing, and class registration information, go to

John Tyler Community College is also proud to be partnering with the Southside Health Education Foundation for its Health Career Explorers Camp, which provides participants with an overview of today’s health-care careers. The camp is open to rising 10th through 12th graders and will be held July 10 – 14, 2017 at Tyler’s Chester Campus. For more information about the Health Career Explorers Camp, contact Sherry Channell at 804-720-8067 or or download an application at

Additional STEM-H camp options may be found through the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA). CCWA, a partnership between John Tyler Community College and Reynolds Community College, is offering summer campus in June through August for students ages eight through 12. For a full list of offerings and to register, visit

John Tyler Community College, celebrating 50 years of providing educational opportunities to Central Virginia, is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers affordable, quality programs for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 14,100 students during the 2015-16 academic year, offers more than 60 majors, including associate degrees and certificates. The institution also serves more than 12,000 non-credit trainees and over 900 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance.

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