It’s never too early to go to college

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By Special to the Monitor

There’s no need to wait for your 18th birthday to attend college. Kids entering the first through 12th grades can learn new skills and have a great time on the UNM-LA campus this summer.

As usual, UNM-LA will hold Children’s College, now in its 25th year. This year UNM-LA will partner with Pajarito Environmental Education Center and incorporate a nature hike. Children’s College will be held from Aug. 3-7. Children’s College focuses on a fun science-oriented curriculum.

“We love having the kids on campus for Children’s College,” said Community Education Coordinator, Eileen Gallegos. “Their excitement energizes everyone.”

Children’s College has a morning session for kids entering grades one through three and an afternoon session geared toward kids entering grades four through six. Tuition is $125, which includes all materials, snacks and a T-shirt.

Some of the workshops this year include planets, rock cycle, polar animals/global warming and My Owner’s Manual: How I Take Care of Myself To Be Healthy & Happy and Incredible Secret Formulas. Workshops are subject to change.

A number of scholarships are available for Children’s College this year. Regional Alliance for Science, Engineering and Math (RASEM) will fund scholarships to students with disabilities and to students from low-income households. Students from around northern New Mexico are urged to apply. Families interested in applying for the scholarships should contact the Community Education Office at 662-0346.

UNM-LA also offers a number of other summer classes especially for kids. These include Beginning Tap (grades 1st-3rd) from 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays through July 29, Magic On Stage! The Art of Action (grades 2nd through 7th) from 1:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays through July 30, Magical Mysteries & Merriment (grades 3rd through 6th) from 3-5 p.m. Thursdays, July 9-30 and Imaginary & Magical Creatures (grades 4th through 7th) from 2:30-5 p.m. Wednesdays through July 29.

On July 15, UNM-LA will host the 2009 Young Readers and Writers Conference. Adult writers will share their skills with kids entering grades 3rd through 6th.  Conference hours are 9:40-3:15 a.m. The cost of the full-day event is $60. The conference is divided into eight sessions and attendees will select those sessions that appeal to them.

For teens, UNM-LA will offer Introduction to Game Development (grades 7th through 12th). Students will explore the professional world of video game design through hands-on learning and lectures from people in the video game industry.

Students will gain experience in creating their own game. The class will take place from 2-5 p.m. on Tuesdays through July 28.

To learn more about any of these classes, call 662-0346 or visit the Community Education section of the UNM-LA website at www.la.unm.edu.