BILLERICA, MA — Summer is usually a time of limited activity at schools, but that is not the case at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School.
Close to 300 students are involved with the regional vocational-technical school’s “Summer at Shawsheen … 2017” program which runs the second week in July through the first week in August. The program features fourteen different offerings ranging from STEM-based courses to sports clinics, vocational programs and enrichment classes, many of which are designed for middle school students.
“The community response to ‘Summer at Shawsheen’ has been tremendous,” said Shawsheen Summer Programming Coordinator Kevin Bloom. “We have nearly tripled the attendance from last year with many courses sold out.”
New this year are a Computer Gaming/Code Academy course and an Engineering/Robotics program taught by licensed experts in their fields. Both courses are STEM-based with hands-on application of complex theory.
Also new this year is an expansion of sports clinics directed by members of the Shawsheen Tech coaching staff. Baseball, Girls Soccer and Girls Basketball joined Football and Boys Basketball as instructional-based clinics attracting both elementary and middle school aged students.
“The sports clinics are an opportunity to make use of our newly-constructed turf athletic fields,” explained Bloom. “These state-of-the-art facilities provide an exceptional training facility for our area residents along with the expertise of experienced high school coaches.”
Anyone who deals with children knows how they love to eat, so it’s no surprise that the Kitchen Fundamentals for Kids class again sold out this year with twenty “Junior Chefs” working in a professional kitchen mastering the essentials of cooking including knife skills, sauce basics, baking, grilling and bakery delights under the direction of Chef Bob Roach.
Another sold-out course is the College Application and Essay Prep class whose purpose is to have rising-seniors complete their college applications and essays prior to the start of the senior year.
“Shawsheen Tech has been a busy place this summer,” added Bloom, who noted that the Burlington Summer Central program also takes a field trip to various Shawsheen vocational programs each Friday in July. “When you combine all of activities going on this summer including ours, MCAS Prep and other offerings, you’re looking at more than 600 students utilizing the campus this summer.”
(NOTE: The above press release is from Shawsheen Tech.)
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