WSCC Children’s College is in high demand

SCOTTVILLE – West Shore Community College held its annual “College for Kids” program this week, and with 209 kids enrolled, this was its largest program to date.

The five-day camp, which took place on the college’s main campus in Scottville, provided students aged 9 to 15 with an opportunity to explore potential career paths, expand their knowledge and learn a thing or two under the supervision of experienced teachers.

This year’s roster has 19 classes for students to choose from, including pond environment, digital photography, welding and more.


On Friday, students had the opportunity to take to the stage and show their abilities at a new College for Kids event.

“We are very excited,” said Cara Mitchell, the children’s college coordinator. “This is the first time we’ve done this at College for Kids: we’re doing a talent show.”

Students had the opportunity to showcase their skills Friday during the College for Kids talent show held at the Center Stage at West Shore Community College.

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There were two talent shows on Friday and the students sang, acted, joked, performed acrobatics and much more.

Paola Jarvis taught the art of building, where students discovered the art behind architecture and designed and created their own 3D models using recycled and found objects. They also drew and created watercolor drawings of their own building and garden designs. Their work was shown Friday at the Manierre Dawson Gallery on campus.

Ellsworth Grubich, of Ludington, spoke about his design.

“This is a modern home in California,” he said. “Basically, we were trying to combine gardens and homes and design homes out of recycled materials.”

Claire Keith, of Ludington, and Aubrey Wroge, of Norwood Young America, Minnesota, teamed up to design a “Modern Mansion on Mars” with decontamination room, parking for flying objects, and invisible living room amenities essential to living in the lap of luxury on the Red Planet.

Aubrey, Rogue and Claire Keith showcase their modernist Martian mansion Friday at the Mannier Dawson Gallery at West Shore Community College.
Aubrey, Rogue and Claire Keith showcase their modernist Martian mansion Friday at the Mannier Dawson Gallery at West Shore Community College.

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The design includes sleeping outdoors for any misbehaving Martian.

“Jimmy usually sleeps in one of the small rooms, but now he sleeps outside because he dumped the dog,” Wroge said. “Jimmy is Timmy’s brother. They are aliens.”

Visit manisteenews.com for more photos from College for Kids.


Wroge said she enjoyed learning the ins and outs of design.

“It wasn’t my first choice,” she said, “but it was really fun.” “I wanted to try bots or something…we signed up maybe three days ago, so a lot of classes were full.”

Jarvis said the students in the building art class were such a lively group that they even built buildings on the campus grounds.

“There’s a really cool six-foot tepi castle and there’s also a frog barn,” she said. “…They kind of used a lot of their ideas – we talked about function, structure and aesthetics. These guys are amazing.”

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