Stu­dents play Game of Life at EMCC camp

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Stu­dents in East Mis­sis­sippi Com­mu­nity College's Camp AMP got to learn about be­ing an adult with the help of sev­eral lo­cal com­pa­nies.

Sev­enth and eighth graders in the week­long camp spent Fri­day play­ing The Game of Life, with the help of lo­cal car deal­ers, re­al­tors and con­struc­tion com­pa­nies. The stu­dents were ran­domly as­signed ‘jobs' with salaries, and had to go through booths with var­i­ous items they had to pur­chase, in­clud­ing ve­hi­cles, homes, in­sur­ance and cell phones among them. Stu­dents were re­quired to use their funds wisely, and were also given cards with var­i­ous sce­nar­ios, ei­ther cost­ing or sav­ing them money.

“We kind of wanted to bring some light to lo­cal in­dus­try and skilled trade jobs, and let­ting these kids know what they can ac­tu­ally make in skilled crafts around our cam­pus,” said McCrary-West Con­struc­tion Di­rec­tor of Peo­ple and Cul­ture Katie McCrary.

In ad­di­tion to McCraryWest, other firms present in­cluded 4 County Elec­tric, Gra­ham Roof­ing, Ver­i­zon and Burns Dirt.

“They're play­ing The Game of Life,” McCrary said. “They're learn­ing what they can make in jobs work­ing with their hands, but they're also learn­ing what it takes to live.”

Dur­ing the en­tire week of Camp AMP, sec­ondary stu­dents learn about EMCC's ca­reer and tech­ni­cal pro­grams. Campers also get to tour sev­eral lo­cal in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing Aurora Flight Sci­ence, PACCAR, Yoko­hama and In­ter­na­tional Pa­per.

McCrary em­pha­sized the need for more work­ers in the skilled trades.

“Across the United States, we are fac­ing a skilled trades gap,” McCreary said. “We don't have chil­dren learn­ing to work with their hands any­more, and our busi­nesses are a group of about 15 to­gether, which have part­nered with the new Lown­des County Ca­reer Tech Cen­ter, and also Del­bert Hose­mann, the sec­re­tary of state, to bring aware­ness to kids this age, and help them re­al­ize that by the time they grad­u­ate high school, the skilled trade gap will be huge, and there are a ton of jobs avail­able for them in these ar­eas, and they pay very well.”

More Camp AMP ses­sions will take place over the sum­mer. For more in­for­ma­tion, email, or call 662-243-1764.

(Photo by Char­lie Ben­ton, SDN)

From left to right: Wes­ley Cow­ell, Gavin Wither­spoon and Brett Morde­cai Play The Game of Life at EMCC's Camp AMP. The camp teaches stu­dents in mid­dle and high school years about skilled trades and other op­por­tu­ni­ties for the fu­ture.

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