Oakland University invites high school students to explore careers and prepare for college in interactive summer camps.
Students will explore various careers through interactive, engaging sessions that include hands-on activities, field trips and interactive presentations. Presented by Oakland University faculty experts, the sessions offer students:
- a comprehensive look at current and emerging fields
- highlights of the knowledge and skills required for jobs in each field
- Information concerning projected employment
- steps that can be taken now, while in high school, to begin preparing for the future
All camps will be held at Oakland University’s Anton/Frankel Center, 20 South Main Street, Mount Clemens.
Download a 2013 Career Exploration & College Readiness Summer Camps brochure (pdf) here.
Summer 2014 camp dates will be announced in February. Online registration for 2014 camps will be available in Spring 2014.
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2013 Camp Descriptions
Career Exploration Camp
Monday-Friday, June 24-28, 2013 or
Monday-Friday, July 22-26, 2013
8 a.m.to 3 p.m.
Not sure where your career interests lie? Dive in and start exploring career fields in engineering, computer science, criminal justice, social work, business, medical fields, psychology, education and much more. This camp will introduce students to the various high-growth, high demand jobs of the future. To learn what career professionals in these fields do on a day to day basis, students will participate in hands-on activities such as building a light bulb, developing a business strategy for their own company, as well as simulation exercises. Students will visit Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe to learn about health and medical careers in nursing, pharmacy, respiratory therapy, imaging, laboratory, and more.
Business Beyond the Basics
Monday-Thursday, July 15-18, 2013
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Go beyond business basics in this camp where students learn what it takes to launch and run their own enterprise. Students will participate in an extended group project to develop their own unique product and create their own company. Along the way, students will engage in hands-on activities to learn the skills of a successful business person such as communication, time management, decision-making and planning. The camp will wrap up with a field trip to the Macomb-OU INCubator where students will present their final projects to a panel of professionals. Students will receive feedback and tips to help them understand the competitive world of business and the skills needed to succeed.
Nursing & Health Sciences Camp
Monday-Wednesday, July 29-31, 2013
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This camp is full. Join the waiting list
In this interactive camp, students will travel to Oakland University’s new Human Health building to explore the various career opportunities in the nursing and health professions. To learn about the various career opportunities and specialties in nursing, students participate in hands-on activities in state-of-the-art simulation labs focused on medical/surgical techniques, intensive care, pediatric and neonatal intensive care, and obstetrics. Students will also explore the growing fields of medical laboratory sciences, nuclear medicine and radiologic technology and specialty fields such as histotechnology and cytotechnology. Students will also be engaged in hands-on activities to learn about careers in exercise science, nutrition, wellness promotion, and much more.
Engineering & Computer Science Camp
Monday-Friday, August 5-9, 2013
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Explore exciting and in-demand careers in the fields of industrial, systems, mechanical, computer and electrical engineering, and computer science. Students will also delve into the emerging fields of biomedical and alternative energy. Hands-on activities and simulations such as constructing a solar panel and building electronic motors and assemblies will engage students as they learn about career options in this growing field. Students will also travel to Oakland University's campus in Rochester for an extensive alternative energy tour and visit the Clean Energy Research Center. (Learn about other events in Engineering and Computer Science.)
College Readiness Boot Camp
Monday-Wednesday, August 12-14, 2013
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It’s never too early to start thinking about college. The interactive sessions in this camp will help students explore various careers and college majors, understand the differences between the higher education options available, and identify tools they can use to discover their dream college. Attendees will also learn how to begin preparing for college while in high school with AP, IB, Dual Enrollment and preparation for the ACT, the basics of financial aid, and how to search and write scholarship essays. This three-day camp will wrap up with an interactive college tour of Oakland University's campus in Rochester.
To help as many students as possible take advantage of this opportunity to discover their future, financial assistance available. Application deadline extended to June 14, 2013. For more information and an application click here for pdf.
Read a Macomb Daily article about Oakland University's 2012 Summer Camps here.
Oakland University’s highest priority in providing exemplary academic, athletic and social programs for youth is protecting the health, safety and welfare of all participants. To achieve this critically important goal, carefully screened and highly trained personnel enforce protocols designed to ensure safe conduct and supportive interaction between youth and program leaders. To learn more about OU's youth protection efforts, visit oakland.edu/youth
Make the gift of a lifetime
Your gift in support of these summer camp programs helps defray the cost for Macomb County high school students wishing to attend a summer career camp, laying the groundwork for applying to and enrolling in college. Summer career camps are one of many ways Oakland University is helping Macomb County high school students and their parents understand how to prepare for a future that includes college. A college education provides the graduate with a lifetime of options instead of limits. High school students who have parental, school and community expectations that college is next step after high school see college as the norm. In Macomb County, only 21.8% of the population, ages 25 and higher, have attained a bachelor degree or higher. This statistic falls behind the state average of 25%.