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Free short-term camps for rising 9-12 grade students available at PCC this summer

Published Wednesday, May 23, 2018
by Elizabeth Townsend

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Piedmont Community College (PCC) invites high school students to participate in free, hands-on summer activities this year to help them learn about various programs of study and career options!

Those participating will discover the world of welding, health sciences, cosmetology, animation, film and video, mechatronics, and criminal justice through interactive experiences with PCC faculty while on the college campuses. The various opportunities include:

Criminal Justice Camp
This camp, held June 11-14, will focus on exposing students to the mechanics of the criminal justice system. There will be classroom discussion, guest speakers, and an investigative technique of the day which will be followed by a hands on application. Imagine taking a dental impression of your own teeth - WOW! Instructors are Roy Allen and Tonia Armstrong and this free camp will be held on PCC’s Person County Campus 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. each day. Contact: Roy Allen at (336) 599-1181, ext. 2194 or

Exploring Health Sciences Camp

Do you think you might be interested in a career in the health sciences, including nursing, nurse aide, medical assisting, or phlebotomy? If so, this camp is for you! Participants will be introduced to the various careers through demonstration, hands-on experiences, and role play. This is an ideal environment to learn about the exciting field of health sciences! This free camp will be held on PCC’s Person County Campus on June 11-14, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. with instructor Brandy Gentry. Contact Alisa Montgomery at (336) 322-2213 or for details.

Welding Camp
Learn the difference between a MIG and a TIG weld, as well as other welding terminology and equipment safety in this free camp. The Welding Camp will be held June 13-15, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on PCC’s Person County Campus. The instructor and contact for this camp is Jerry Whitfield at (336) 322-2226 or

Cosmetology Camp
During this free camp, students will learn about the wonderful world of hair, skin, and nails! This may include braiding, flat ironing, skincare, makeup, manicures, and pedicures! This camp will take place June 18-21, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on PCC’s Caswell County Campus and Person County Campus. Contact Martha Pruitt on the Caswell County Campus at (336) 694- 5707 or or Amy Harris on the Person County Campus at (336) 322-2212 or for details.

Mechatronics Camp
This free camp, held June 18-21, will focus on exploring mechanical, electrical, and robotics in team situations. Hands-on activities will be fun and educational, giving participants a greater understanding of mechatronics! Camp will be 1 – 4 p.m. each day. The instructor and contact person is Dave Wehrenberg. He can be reached at (336) 599-1181, ext. 2135 or

Digital Effects and Animation Camp
The Digital Effects and Animation Camp will be a chance for students to explore the type of art used in making computer games. Software will include Autodesk Maya 3D Animation Software and Adobe Photoshop. This free camp will be held on June 25-28, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and taught by experienced game animator, Adam Kania. Last year, Adam worked on the game, “Hanako: Honor & Blade” for the independent game developer, +Mpact Games. Contact Martha Pruitt at (336) 694- 5707 or for additional information.

High Definition Video Camp
The award-winning PCC Film and Video Production Technology program will hold intensive High-Definition video production sessions during which participants will immerse themselves
in hands-on activities including:
• Operating a camera
• Sound and lighting equipment
• Editing the final projects
This free camp offers an ideal opportunity to gain a lot of experience in a short time with instructor Dustin Harris on June 25-28, 9 a.m. -12p.m. For additional information, contact: Martha Pruitt at (336) 694-5707, ext. 8060 or

PCC’s camp application is available at local high school counselor’s offices, at Piedmont Community College, and on the PCC website at