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Educational Camps Help Prepare the Next Generation Workforce

As part of our commitment to preparing the next generation workforce, the Chamber partnered with Calhoun Community College the week of June 12 for four summer camps. A record number of students registered for our 17th Annual SWeETy (Summer Welding, Engineering & Electrical Technology) Camp. Thirty-five high school girls  spent the week receiving hands-on experience in welding, electrical and 3D printing. The camp teaches the importance of safety and the intricate technological components of welding, electrical mechanisms and additive manufacturing, culminating with industry tour, class projects, and local businesswomen in the manufacturing sector sharing their experiences with the attendees each day.

This was the second year for CyberPatriot Camp for 9th-12th grade students who wanted to learn about the field of cyber security from local industry leaders. A standard and an advanced camp were both offered. The goal of these two camps is to offer students an opportunity to learn hands-on about technical skills that can lead to high paying, in-demand careers in high growth industries. The students were introduced to the field of cyber security by becoming familiar with Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems. The students gained experience in the areas of vulnerability identification, risk assessment, risk mitigation techniques, wi-fi security, IP addressing, and informational ethics. Students finished the week with a competition in which schools across the United States compete.

This was also the second year for our three-day Advanced Automotive Academy where high school students received hands-on experience with electric and hybrid vehicles, built an electric motor and learned the basics of gas engines.

Thank you to our Educational Camp Presenting Sponsor Indorama Ventures Xylenes & PTA, LLC and Gold Sponsors Lightwire Solutions, LLC, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc., Minor Tire & Wheel, Inc. and Nucor Steel Decatur.



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