Grant Wood AEA's College for Kids Begins Its 30th Year

Jun 15, 2017


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Grant Wood Area Education Agency is marking its 30th year of bringing college experiences to local middle school students this summer as College for Kids begins its 30th year of course offerings in Cedar Rapids.

Since 1987, the Grant Wood Area Education Agency has provided a college experience to middle school students with its summer enrichment program. Through Grant Wood AEA’S College for Kids program, gifted and talented students who have completed 6th, 7th, and 8th grade can explore their personal and academic

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interests through a specialized curricula in a college setting. Over 1,000 students are enrolled in this summer’s program, which features more than 70 academic and fine arts courses taught by 58 local instructors.

Susie Green, Grant Wood AEA’s student programs specialist, says College for Kids will also intr

oduce new advanced-level courses for the first time this summer, as well as some popular returning courses.

“We are very excited about all of the new courses being offered this summer,” says Green. “There will be Exploring Climate Change, The Art of Negotiations, JavaScript and Python Web Programming, Come Make an App With me, and Hamilton. These courses will nicely complement our existing courses - all of which have been so successful for so many years.”

Classes are available in two, two-week sessions from June 12 to June 23, and July 10 to July 21. Students enroll in classes that they select during these two week sessions, and culminate with a Showcase of Learning day, where parents are invited to attend College for Kids to experience their students’ final projects and performances.

Grant Wood AEA is one of nine area education agencies in the state of Iowa. College for Kids is a summer learning program offered through Grant Wood AEA to expand students’ academic abilities and interests. More than 30 school districts are participating in the program, which is available to the Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Washington counties.



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