Moraine Park’s Tech Knowledge College helps students find their drive
What has become an annual tradition for many area middle school students, this year’s Tech Knowledge College (TKC) brought together 120 sixth through eighth graders ready to explore potential careers. TKC provided hands-on experience and an opportunity to learn in a creative environment at Moraine Park Technical College.
Moraine Park Technical College Automotive Technician Instructor Jim Daniels, center watches as Henry Hughes, Fond du Lac, right; a seventh grader at Sabish Middle School, and Aris Lundin, West Bend, an eighth grader at Badger Middle School, work together to change a tire in the Driven to Repair session at the 2014 Tech Knowledge College.
During the three-day camp, there was something for everyone, and participants left TKC with new skills in a variety of areas, including architecture, health care, yo-yo manufacturing, gourmet cooking, web page design and automotive repair.
“I like working in the shop,” commented TKC student Henry Hughes of Fond du Lac. He is no stranger to working in the shop. He also helps out his dad who owns a local plumbing business. Hughes also learned how to repair bicycles in the Fix it, Tune it, Ride it session at TKC. Aris Lundin of West Bend also enjoyed the Driven to Repair session. “I like being able to work on cars,” Lundin commented as he helped Hughes change a tire. Lundin also attended the World Wide Webmasters session at TKC.
Peyton Koppenhaver and Grace Swanson of Kiel attended the camp last year and came back again when they saw the range of activities offered. The girls joined up with Brianna Faul of Fond du Lac and together they learned how to make a variety of fresh snacks and meals in the Cooking Nutritious and Delicious session. “I like meeting people and plan to keep in touch with new friends,” Faul commented as the three prepared chicken and vegetable stir fry. Koppenhaver remarked, “I like that we get to do a lot of activities, and we are always occupied.”
Moraine Park has been hosting TKC for over 20 years. Although sessions have changed to complement new and evolving technology, the purpose of the event has remained the same — to give students a chance to get a hands-on, interactive look at the skills and careers needed today and in the future.
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