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SCC hosts GMSCPP summer camp

The Governors Minority Student College Preparation Program (GMSCPP) Summer Camp is intended to help minority students in the 6th through 8th grade prepare to enter college. The program is designed to provide a fun, educational experience for the students while stressing the importance of education. The two week program was held June 8 - June 18.

A program Kickoff was held on Saturday, June 5, with GMSCPP Director, George Martinez, giving an overview of the program. The program begins each summer with a camp-like atmosphere which includes a variety of activities and events designed to prepare the students for a fun and exciting learning experience. The program continues throughout the year with monthly activities being held to enhance and build on the students learning. During the Kickoff, the keynote speakers were KCTCS Diversity Coordinator, Dr. Nashid Fakhrid-Deen, and recent SCC Physical Therapist Assistant Program graduate, Yulanda Bradshaw. Dr. Fakhrid-Deen traveled from Lexington, Kentucky to give the students and their families an inspiring talk, which was well-received. Bradshaw spoke not only about her SCC experience but also gave the students the benefit of personal experiences that could help them in different circumstances that may come their way.

During the two week session, field trips were planned for the students, including day trips to the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Norrie Wakes Leadership Training Center in Monticello, the Newport Aquarium and included an overnight conference at Northern Kentucky University.

Several days the GMSCPP students spent on the Somerset Community College Campus learning about different programs including Electrical Technology, Engineering Technology, Construction amp; Manufacturing and Physical Therapist Assistant Program. The students also learned scrapbooking, participated in a reading amp; writing workshop and created a program newsletter with the help of the SCC Visual Communications Department. SCC faculty and staff included Kim Toby, Mandy Davis, Stuart Simpson and staff, and Marci Randall. Session leaders from the community included Darlicia Stallion and Charlene Duncan, who are associated with a local business, and led a session on communication and leadership.

Another activity the students participated in was West African drumming lessons led by Jacob Hamrick. Hamrick graduated from Berea College with a bachelors degree in Music. He taught the students the history and design of the djembe drums which are from Ghana. The two week camp ended with a program presented by the students for their family and friends.

The participating students are: Maria Martinez, Andrea Martinez, Erica Wilson, Victoria Junior Flores, Joseph Velez, Kamron Terry, Trea Terry, Mackenzie Pittman, Tera Fullove, Desire Napier, Jonathan Garrett, Payton Phelps, Quintin Stallion, Atina Stallion, Katelynn Bess, Ermina Ramic, Tobias Napier and Kris Hines.

Program staff included Kim Walker, Ashley Walker, and Anthony Gaines, all of Somerset, Kentucky.

For more information on the Governors Minority Student College Preparation Program, contact George Martinez, Director of GMSCPP and SCC Assistant Professor at 606-451-6698 or georgeo.martinez@kctcs.edu.