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Talent Search Summer Camp at NMJC

Talent Search Summer Camp at NMJC photo 6/16/2008 2:38:33 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. Rockets? Space Bubbles? Crime Scene Investigation? Astronauts in Space? How could all of these be connected? They are all activities participated in by the students of New Mexico Junior College's Talent Search Program Summer Camp.

During the week of June 2-6, 40 Talent Search students had the opportunity to perform experiments provided by the Science Spectrum of Lubbock, Texas. A team from the Science Spectrum came to NMJC and guided the students through the building and launching of rockets, the exploration of a miniature planetarium inside the "Space Bubble," the extraction of DNA from a strawberry, and a study of how astronauts survive in space.

The camp also included tours of the Hobbs News-Sun, the Hobbs Police SWAT, the Downtown Hobbs "Economic Development Corporation of Lea County," and the KIX/KZOR radio station.

A federally funded program, Talent Search helps 6-12 grade students stay in school and go on to college. It provides tutoring, mentoring, and information on college and universities as well as information on careers and ways to pay for college.

The program is free to area students who meet the requirements. NMJC's Talent Search alone receives $25,000 per year to fund events such as the summer camp, family activities, career days and tutoring.

Vera Gilleland, NMJC's director of Talent Search, said "This camp broadens their ideas as to what they, as first generation [college] students, can go to college for and become. It also broadens their horizons as to what school they can choose to go to.Gilleland also said that families are encouraged to participate because this is where the students receive the most influence in whether or not to stay in school and go on to college. "We elaborate on the summer camp by taking whole families on a cultural field trip that they might not otherwise experience," she said.

Click here to view the photo gallery of Summer Camp activities.

For more information about Talent Search or any of its sister TRiO programs, please contact the TRiO office at (575) 492-2615.

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