Photo by Matt Hamilton/The Daily Citizen
DALTON, Ga. — Andrew Martin said he knew when he heard about the Design, Engineering and Manufacturing Camp that it was “right up my alley of what I like to do.”
Martin is one of more than 100 rising middle school students participating in the camp this week at the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy.
This is the first year for Martin, a rising seventh-grader at Gladden Middle School in Chatsworth, to attend the camp.
“It’s a lot of fun and we’re doing interesting activities,” he said. “It really helps you get to know the careers available when you get older.”
Barbara Ward, director of workforce development for the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, and Brian Cooksey, director of operations training and development at Shaw Industries, started the camp six years ago. Ward said it was started to expose students to different careers.
In the first year there were close to 30 students; this year there are about 120.
Cooksey said the week has been going great so far. Students have been learning 3-D software; building race cars, rockets, hover crafts and electronic circuit boards; and designing carpet.
“We appreciate everyone’s support. The community has really rallied around this program to provide this opportunity for students to learn about careers here in manufacturing,” he said.
The camp is free and available to students on a first-come basis. Applications are available on the chamber’s website.
“We provide everything, all they need to come with is a mind willing to learn,” Ward said.
This year, all students who submitted an application were accepted.
For more on the program visit the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce.