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Barton's Breaking Traditions camp helps students explore non-traditional careers
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Barton Community College will offer local and area high school students a chance to explore non-traditional careers in a Breaking Traditions event set for June 7-8. The program is for 2011-12 high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, and 2011 high school graduates.

This year’s Breaking Traditions camp has several new opportunities. New sessions include Athletic Trainer with a new focus, Computer Programming, Corrections and Theatre (lighting/scenes). In addition, Barton has a new partnership with Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

Camp participants will have the following three options: morning sessions from 9 a.m. to noon; afternoon sessions from 12:30-3:30 p.m.; or full-day sessions from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. The full-day sessions include lunch.

Camp fees are $25 for two morning sessions, no lunch included; $25 for two afternoon sessions, no lunch included; and $45 for the two full days, lunch included. All fees include a T-shirt, session materials and transportation to and from KWEC for activities and a tour. The deadline for registration is May 12.

Students will have a wide range of career exploration opportunities from which to choose. Morning sessions include Agriculture, Athletic Trainer, Computer Programming, Corrections, Criminal Justice, Medical Laboratory Technician, Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution and Theatre (lighting/scenes). Automotive is offered in both morning and afternoon sessions. Afternoon sessions include Accounting/Business, Early Childhood, Nursing and Theatre (acting). The Kansas Wetlands Education Center tour for all participants is set for afternoon on June 8.

Students have three options for enrolling. They may call 620-792-9294 or 1-866-813-2460 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; they may complete the registration form found in the Breaking Traditions brochure and mail the form with payment to Barton Community College, Janet Kirmer, Business, Technology and Community Education, Technical Building, 245 NE 30 Rd., Great Bend, KS 67530; or register in person by stopping by the Business, Technology and Community Education Office in the college’s Technical Building between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Beginning May 16, Barton’s office hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The campus will be closed on Fridays.