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LSUS Continuing Education Summer Camps Inspires Students

September 02, 2016

The summer camps offered by LSU Shreveport Continuing Education has seen growing numbers of participants each year. Tulin Melancon, director of Online Learning and Faculty Development, is excited to report a total of 414 kids who attended 67 different camps over the summer.

"We provide an atmosphere for kids and teens that enables positive growth and development in various areas," Melancon said. "These kids can be potential LSUS students. Therefore, their presence on the LSUS campus is very valuable. We had returning kids and new campers and they plan to come back next year. Over the years, many of the students who attended the summer camps grew more interested in the university and are now LSUS students."

Children and teens ranging from ages five all the way to 18 had the opportunity to register for camps focused on arts and sports. But even more importantly were those classes that teach young students math, science, and writing skills, along with social and leadership skills.

Melancon said the 10 Young Scholars STEM Enrichment Day Camps were very productive camps for students to pick up skills in science, technology and mathematics to use in school, which may also produce a greater interest and passion in the growing fields where high quality workers are needed.

"The STEM Programs are designed to be fun and educational while introducing kids to a variety of science, technology, engineering and math concepts," Melancon said. Activities and experiences in a student's academic career can be easily inspired from such a summer camp. Students get to see their friends, meet new ones, and go on trips such as to the Multicultural Center of the South to learn new things and meet with guest lecturers. While on campus, the kids are exposed to the University Center, art labs, and the science museum. The overall summer camp experience can promote positive qualities such as leadership, creativity, artistic abilities, environmental awareness, social skills, self-confidence and personal development."

The summer camps are rewarding experiences for the young students and encourages them to pursue their passions in both career interests and hobbies. Melancon said many students express excitement and enjoyment for the classes and want to return for the next summer offerings.

Although the summer months can be slow, the LSUS Continuing Education summer camps attract attention to the campus and provide awareness of the many wonderful events happening at the university and its involvement with the surrounding community.

LSUS Continuing Education also offers non-credit classes for adults, as well as professional development and certifications.

To see what LSUS Continuing Education is offering for the fall semester, visit their Facebook page at Facebook.com/LSUSContinuingEducation.

 
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