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Camp prepares girls for S.T.E.M. classes, careers

Special to The Dallas Examiner | 6/11/2018, 4:48 p.m.
For the fifth year in a row, Richland College is partnering with Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, a nonprofit organization ...
Girls Inc. “Eureka!” campers pose with Richland College speech communication faculty member Sherry Dean during the 2017 camp. In 2018, Richland College welcomes a new cohort of campers. Paul Knudsen

Richland’s portion of the camp is sponsored in part by a $15,000 grant from State Farm. Upon completing their two weeks of camp at the college, the girls will be hosted for one week each at the University of North Texas at Dallas and Cedar Valley College.

The girls participating in the “Eureka!” program will spend their first two summers being exposed to higher education and STEM careers at the college and other nearby colleges before spending their third summer in externships that will provide more focused hands-on learning in several STEM career areas. Year four will be about college and career preparation, during which campers will receive assistance on how to navigate the college application process, from studying for standardized tests to writing admissions essays and applying for financial aid. In their final summer in the program, taking place before the start of their senior year of high school, the young women will each be placed into a paid internship in a STEM industry in which they have expressed interest.

In conjunction with the summer camp component of “Eureka!” all cohorts meet approximately once per month throughout the school year to participate in STEM-related field trips, workshops, career panels and more.