Applications now being accepted for UWA Career Exploration Summer Camp

Rising sophomore and junior high school students of The University of West Alabama's Career Exploration Summer Camp program toured the Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa in June 2015. Sponsored by Delta Regional Authority and UWA's Division of Economic Development and Outreach, the CESC is a competitive selection program limited to 12 male and 12 female students in Choctaw, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Pickens and Sumter counties. (Contributed Photo)

Rising sophomore and junior high school students of The University of West Alabama’s Career Exploration Summer Camp program toured the Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa in June 2015. Sponsored by Delta Regional Authority and UWA’s Division of Economic Development and Outreach, the CESC is a competitive selection program limited to 12 male and 12 female students in Choctaw, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Pickens and Sumter counties. (Contributed Photo)

LIVINGSTON, Ala. — The Division of Economic Development and Outreach at The University of West Alabama is now accepting applications for the 2016 Career Exploration Summer Camp. The on-campus residential camp is for rising sophomore and junior high school students. The program will be held June 11-22, 2016. The application deadline is Monday, February 1, 2016.

The purpose of the CESC Program is to offer students the ability to explore career options and prepare for college through interactive and engaging hands-on activities, field trips and presentations. The CESC Program, sponsored by the Delta Regional Authority, is open to students attending high schools in Choctaw, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Pickens and Sumter counties. The CESC is an extremely intense and structured learning opportunity for youth in the secondary school systems of Alabama.

The curriculum offers students a thorough look into current and emerging career fields, highlights of the knowledge and skills needed for each career, essential information on projected employment- where the jobs are and will continue to grow, and steps that students can take now, while in high school, to prepare for the future. In addition, students will participate in standardized applicant test preparation courses, business etiquette, computer training, academic enhancement activities, field trips and hands-on projects.

Approximately 22 students from grades 10-11 will be accepted to participate in the free 11-day summer program. Scholarships will include the following:

* All program costs/room fees
* Workshops/Handouts
* Room and Board
* Facility Usage
* Equipment/Supplies
* Travel (Field Trips)
* Lab Fees
* Speakers

The CESC is a competitive selection process program limited to 12 male and 12 female students. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Parents are encouraged to participate in the application process. Guidance counselors may identify applicants to the CESC Program and assist them with completing the forms.

A complete application is avaailble online at www.centerforblackbelt.org or at Land Hall on The University of West Alabama campus in Livingston. For more information, please contact Sanquenetta Thompson at (205) 652-3408, or call UWA’s Division of Economic Development and Outreach at (205) 652-3828.