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PJC Offering Free Coding Camp In Six Locations – Enrollment Deadline Is Tuesday June 1

Paris Junior College holds a special coding camp made possible by the Texas Workforce Commission at six locations during June, July, and August. The PJC Continuing Education Department must receive applications on Tuesday, June 1. The college will be closed on Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day.

The free Coding Camp is for students entering the sixth, seventh, or eighth grades or completing eighth grade in the 2020-21 school year.

The camp will provide hands-on experiences to foster an interest in computer coding and programming. Campers receive challenging and innovative concepts in learning, problem-solving and analytical skills.

Enrollment is limited, and foster youth, students with disabilities, students from low-income families, and students from populations underserved in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) receive priority.

PJC received a $49,567 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to provide a curriculum to bring computer science to life and teach fundamental industry competency. The six camps will accept 90 students who will become familiar with the basics of Arduino, Blockly, C++ and Python Coding, Cyber Security, Raspberry Pi, drone systems, robotics, mechanical and electrical engineering, and programming in a team-based environment.

“The growing demand for high-skilled technical workers means Texas must continue to attract more students into STEM fields,” said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. “Through programs like Camp Code, TWC remains committed to building a diverse workforce with the foundation in STEM necessary to keep our world-class economy growing.”

Each camp will be held Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Students may be dropped off at 7:45 am and picked up by 4:45 pm. Transportation assistance is available upon request. Camp Dates and locations are:

  • June 21-25, 2021 – PJC – Sulphur Springs Center
  • June 28-July 2 – Cooper ISD
  • July 12-16 – Paris Junior College, Paris campus
  • July 19-23 – PJC – Greenville Center
  • July 26-30 – Clarksville ISD Youth Connection
  • August 2-6 – Quinlan ISD

A parent or guardian and the student must complete the application form, and a parent or guardian must complete the Permission, Medical & Media Release Form. The forms are at https://www.parisjc.edu/downloads/Coding-Camp-App.pdf. You must return both by the deadline of June 1, 2021.

Applying does not guarantee acceptance; if selected, we notify parents or guardians. For questions or additional information, please contact 903-782-0447. The application may be emailed to mpotter@parisjc.edu, faxed to 903-782-0443, or dropped off at the PJC Continuing Education Department in Paris or at the PJC-Greenville or PJC-Sulphur Springs by the June 1 deadline.