NEW PHILADELPHIA — Buckeye Career Center hosted 101 incoming fifth- and sixth-grade students recently for the third annual Career Exploration Summer Camp. The students chose one program to explore during camp including Hot Rod Factory (Auto Collision), Cooks’ Camp (Culinary Arts), Woods and Water (Natural Resources), Construction Zone (Construction), Explore Engineering (Project Lead the Way/Engineering), Funtography (Graphic Arts), Start Your Engines (Commercial Truck), Babysitting Safety (Intro to Nursing), and Flip Flop Polish Pop (Cosmetology).

Students got hands-on in the labs by making wooden chairs, baking cookies and pizza, creating nail designs, welding name plates, and fixing a CAT Skid Steer Loader. The Woods and Water group spent much of its time outside exploring the ponds and fish on the BCC campus. "Kids are learning more and more at earlier times, so you might as well expose them to everything that is potentially out there," said Frank Polen, BCC director of curriculum and adult education.

The camp culminated with a student showcase for parents to see what the students worked on during their time at BCC. The students also got to take home many of their projects. This was Buckeye Career Center’s third Career Exploration Summer Camp, with the camp growing from 91 campers in 2018 to 101 campers this year. 

BCC will also be the host of this year’s Dale Lauren Foland Manufacturing Camp July 16-19. Registration is limited to 80 students who are entering seventh and eighth grade during the 2019-20 school year. The cost is $50 per student and includes daily breakfast, snack, lunch, transportation to/from manufacturers’ tours, camp materials, and a T-shirt. Download an application at