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Engineering camps will be held for students this week

DUNCAN  A highly unique summer camp for students, the GoEngineer Custom Kids' Camp, will play out in two sessions Tuesday and Wednesday at the Red River Technology Center.

The camp, led by Tandy Banks, an applications engineer with lots of experience in mechanical design and high-precision machining, is a great way, he said, to show students the "cool opportunities" that exist in engineering and manufacturing. Jeanne Bowden, a business and industry development specialist at the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation, said such a camp could even be a stepping stone to a well-paying career.

"The goal of education is no longer just a diploma," Bowden said. "It's a career."

Not just in Stephens County but across Oklahoma, a push has been made in recent years to educate kids about careers and ways to navigate their way from school into a rewarding occupation. In Stephens County, Bowden said kids are encouraged to explore opportunities at Red River, at Cameron University or at other schools and to choose classes, courses or even summer camps "with a plan and knowledge that when they finish there will be a job waiting for them.

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