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Summer manufacturing camp open to high school students

Minnesota State Community and Technical College now offers a Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® manufacturing summer camp for high school students ages 15-21, July 26 through August 5, 2010.

Designed to help inspire the next generation of inventors, engineers, entrepreneurs and manufacturers, the camp is a technical, hands-on experience to introduce students to 21st century manufacturing technology and basic entrepreneurial skills.

"Participants use technology to create a product from start to finish providing them practical experience to build their confidence and set a foundation if they choose a career in one of the trades," said Dan Eischens, Custom Training Services Manufacturing and Technical Product Director with Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

"There is an ever-increasing demand for highly skilled professionals who can design, program and operate technology, and this camp allows students to learn about these opportunities."

Meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, participants will explore 3D design, computer numerical control (CNC) programming, welding, machining, entrepreneurship and more, while emphasizing product creation, problem solving and team building. Visits to area manufacturers will provide an up-close look at products being made as well as career advice and inspiration from the entrepreneurs who run the companies.

For parents/guardians interested in having their child participate in the local camp, the registration fee is $20; that includes all materials and daily lunch.

To register or receive more information, contact Inger Wegener, Career and Technical Education Specialist, Lakes Country Service Cooperative, at 1-800-739-3273 or Because of the hands-on nature of the program, space is limited. The application deadline is July 9, 2010.

The Minnesota State Community and Technical College camp is part of a national program developed by Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs®, the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (NBT) and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE). Camps will be offered at NACCE member community colleges throughout the United States.

About Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs

NBT has been introducing young people to careers in the trades since 2004 through manufacturing summer camps for youth. It also issues scholarships to students at colleges and trade schools pursuing studies that lead to careers in manufacturing.

More information on NBT is available by visiting Based in Rockford, Ill., the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, is a professional organization with more than 2,100 members working together to improve the metal forming and fabricating industry. Learn more at

NACCE promotes entrepreneurial endeavors

NACCE connects community college administrators and faculty with knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurial thinking, entrepreneurship education and student business incubation.

NACCE holds an annual conference, and produces monthly podcasts and webinars. It also publishes a quarterly journal, hosts a dynamic list-serve, develops web resources such as shared entrepreneurship curricula and syllabi for faculty, creates guides in beginning and sustaining entrepreneurship and student business incubation programs, as well as tips for grant proposals specific to entrepreneurial endeavors at community colleges.

For more information, visit