For four days, kids going into seventh, eighth and ninth grade in the fall have a chance to learn about public works careers in their backyard. Grand Rapids Community College is partnering with local municipalities to offer a summer camp.

Campers will get a chance to have hands on experiences with the different careers that keep a city running smoothly.

They will get to:

  • tour Grand Rapids traffic control center
  • build a project at the GRCC lab
  • take part in a water main break simulation with public works employees
  • tour the Grand Rapids Water Filtration facility
  • interact with street sweepers, dump trucks, plows and sewer equipment.

The camp runs from July 17 to July 20 from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. It will be held at GRCC's Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC facility.

The cost is $35 for campers living in Grand Rapids, $55 for campers living in Kent County and $70 for anyone outside Kent County. You can find out more and register for the camp by following this link.

GRCC partnered with the city of Grand Rapids, the city of Kentwood, the city of Grand Haven, the Kent, Muskegon, and Van Buren county road commissions, the Michigan Department of Transportation, Prein & Newhof and Rowe Professional Services in order to develop and run the camp.

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