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Summer IT Camps For Middle Schoolers

Is your child curious about technology or computer games? Catawba Valley Community College has designed two summer camps to foster that interest and introduce them to careers in the technology field.


Summerscapes IT Camp

Instead of memorizing facts or having an instructed class, children play while they learn at Coding Fun July 9-12 and Online Safety and Beyond July 16-19. Both camps are held on the main CVCC campus in Hickory from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and include lunch.

Students taking Coding Fun will learn how simple coding commands translate into flying drones and create virtual reality.

Students taking Online Safety and Beyond will test the skills they learn by flying drones and breaking network security.

These camps were developed in response to a local shortage of skilled IT professionals, according to college officials.

“We receive calls weekly asking for students who are adept at networking, cyber security, web design and programming,” said Rick Barnes, Director of Systems Security & Network Management at CVCC. “There is a huge shortage of IT professionals in this area, and we cannot fill the demand.”

Because of that shortage, Barnes has observed that approximately 95 percent of his students are working full time by the time they graduate with an associate degree.

The starting pay for IT positions varies between $30,000 and $60,000, depending on experience and certifications.

Each camp is $275. Lunch is included in the fee and is provided by a generous donation from Commscope through the CVCC Foundation, Inc.

To register your child, visit Or contact the CVCC Continuing Education Office at 828-327-7037 Monday through Friday, or email


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