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NMJC Offering Summer Youth College during June and July

5/17/2013 3:28:42 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. HOBBS – Classes just for fun as well as enrichment will be offered this summer during New Mexico Junior College’s Youth College.  Sessions for youth grades 1-8 are planned for June 10-14 and July 8-12.

The following courses will be offered:


Spanish! Spanish! Spanish! Learn basic vocabulary and expressions used for daily life.  Grades 1-3, 9:15-10:15 a.m.; grades 4-6, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; grades 7-8, 1-2 p.m.


Geography/Culture.Travel the world, learning about different cultures through geography, history, culture. Grades 7-8, 9:15-10:15; grades 4-6, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; grades 1-3, 1-2 p.m.


Space Exploration.Learn to identify planets and stars.  Grades 1-3, 1-2 p.m.; grades 4-6, 2:10-3:10 p.m.


Anatomy.Learn about the human body and how it works, including bones, the heart (and what can make it stop), as well as causes for hiccupping, coughing and sneezing. Grades 4-6, 9:15-10:15 a.m.; grades 7-8, 10:30-11:30 a.m.


Computer Creations. Pick up speed with creating, designing, editing, drawing and programming on a computer. Learn how to design a website, and how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Paint (learn how to draw in 3D) and other fun programs. Enjoy an online scavenger hunt and a project designing a house. Grades 7-8, 9:15-10:15 a.m.; grades 1-3, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; grades 4-6, 1-2 p.m.


Cheerleading Camp.Start with stretches, and progress to facial expressions, voice readiness, simple formations, jumps, dance movements and cheers. Improve coordination and teamwork skills. Wear soft-sole shoes. Grades 1-8. 10:30-11:30 a.m.


Adventures in Reading. Read some of the greatest works in children’s literature. Start the day reading aloud from a classic story; afterward, participate in activities, games and art projects based on day’s reading. Grade 1, 9:15-10:15 a.m.; grades 2-3, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; grade 4, 1-2 p.m.


Life and Earth Science. Explore the wonders of science, including geology and biology. Grades 4-6, 9:15-10:15 a.m.; Grades 7-8, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Grades 1-3, 1-2 p.m.


Zumba.  Join this fitness program inspired by Latin dance, and dance to rhythms from Latin, country, hiphop and modern music to create an aerobic routine. Grades 1-8, 1-2 p.m.

All classes above are $25 a class; some will have a supply fee.

Young Chefs


Young Chefs.Learn the fundamentals of math, science, reading and art (and more) while learning to cook. Each child receives a cookbook, and will learn to cook breakfast (8:15-9:15 a.m.), brunch (9:15-10:15 a.m.), lunch (11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.), appetizers and desserts (1-2:30 p.m.). Fee is $40 per class (includes a supply fee).


Pre-Cooking.  Grades 1-3. Pre-Cooking is a class designed to introduce Grades 1-3 to the joys of cooking. Students learn about the kitchen, recipes, measuring and how to make easy snacks such as Ants on a Log, fruit kabobs and a Jell-O fruit salad. 2:30-3 p.m. Fee is $30.

Parents should be advised that a stove and microwave oven will be used, and that children with food allergies should not take cooking courses.  Cooking classes are for grades 4-8 (limited space). Pre-Cooking is for grades 1-3.

For more information, contact NMJC Training and Outreach, 575.492.4707 (  All classes will be held at the NMJC Training and Outreach Facility, 4000 West Millen Drive, Hobbs. 

“Youth College is a lot of fun,” said Selma Granado, Continuing Education planner, who added that the summer classes have been held for the past five years, and have been quite successful.  “The kids enjoy the science experiments and one of the most popular is the cooking class. They fill pretty quickly. There are already quite a few registrations.”

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